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With all my work in the area of innovation, I’ve had the realization that innovation can be energizing, but at the same time, exhausting. Being exhausted and being energized by innovation are just two sides of the same coin — we just need to know how to manage and minimize the exhaustion that comes with innovation, and how to tap into what energizes us about it.
Innovation is an incredibly positive thing that helps us solve sticky challenges and unearth opportunities that are hiding in plain sight. However, whether it’s learning a new skill, taking risks, or operating under more pressure, it is exhausting and requires more mental energy, which can take a toll on us and drain us. The key here is giving ourselves grace to manage the exhaustion that comes with dealing with sustained stress and blazing new trails. I share some of my top strategies for tackling the exhaustion, as well as why it’s okay to take a nap in the middle of the day.
On the energizing side of innovation, I’m sure we can all relate to how satisfied and motivated we feel when we solve a sticky challenge or go in the pursuit of blazing new paths. That’s why it’s crucial that we spend more time intentionally innovating to get that feel-good energy and satisfaction. At the end of the day, it is completely normal and natural to be energized AND exhausted by innovation — giving ourselves permission to rest and recharge, while engaging in intentional innovation is what will get us to the top.
If you are ready to:
get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea
be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change
foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…