Go with the flow and discover

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I used to be a picky eater. I still have control issues along those lines. Recently, when the fam thought Arby’s sounded good for supper, I decided to just go with the flow and try a sandwich I’ve had my eye on. I usually will be really specific about what I want on a sandwich (“hold the pickles, add mayo,” etc.), but I decided this time, what the heck, just get the Loaded Italian sandwich, and get it the way it comes.

I really liked it, even with banana peppers on it (which I’ve always assumed I didn’t like).

I hope you realize this isn’t a commercial for Arby’s (even though I like them).

What do you fail to try because you’ve “always done it this way” some other way? Do you have a certain way you like to write? A certain place? There’s something to be said for consistency, and much has been written about the value of avoiding “decision fatigue.” Yes, and yes. But there’s also getting in a rut.

In my observation, people tend to run to extremes. Those of us who always do things the same way would benefit from doing something off the wall every so often. Those of us who never do things the same way twice would benefit from establishing some sort of basic routine (like writing at the same time every morning). I suspect most of us are creatures of habit, though.

What can you do differently today, just to see what it’s like?

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Author: Donn King

Donn King works with individuals and organizations who want to forge top-notch communication skills to increase their influence and impact. He is associate professor of speech and journalism at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a speaker and writer. His background includes ministry, newspaper, radio, small magazines and other publications, as well as co-authoring a textbook and blogging.