Updated: Jan 14, 2019
We are only a couple of months away from 2019, so you’re more than likely in the process of establishing your goals and developing an action plan. If you’re not, you should be. Don’t approach 2019 haphazardly or as you have done in previous years. Understand that 2019 is going to be a year filled with divine influence. The number nine represents divine completeness, fruit, production and finality, so whatever you launch or fuel in 2019, you want to be sure that it is authentically something that you want to see grow and develop. Next year is guaranteed to be an explosive year for those divergent thinkers that are bold enough to deviate from industry standards and norms. These industry leaders will truly stand out in the marketplace and establish trends that disrupt the industry. With this being said it is extremely important that you are intentional about what you release and give your time. As you are planning for 2019, challenge yourself to think bigger and bolder; challenge yourself to think in color, experience and sound. Understand that this is not the year for going through the motions or following the crowd.
Below are a few key points on employing divergent thinking as you’re developing your 2019 strategic plan.
Get clear on your why and the specific outcomes you desire.Make sure that what you are doing and delivering is authentically what and how you want to deliver it. Do something that scares you…something that you’ve always wanted to do, but you have been afraid to try it.
Schedule time for quiet, focused planning outside your traditional planning spaces.Don’t plan in your home or office, find a new space. Switching your environment provides you with new stimuli and inspiration. When you need to think or plan, you can do so in a hotel lobby, a coffee shop, a co-working space, at the lake, etc.
Before planning, explore outside industries and their technology to get ideas.These can be industries that aren’t connected to your industry. You can also look at supplier industries or industries that parallel. Take some of these ideas and use them in your business.
Talk to people outside your industry – people that don’t do what you do or know anything about it. Some of the best ideas come from those that don’t know you or understand what you do. These individuals will also ask questions that will cause you to think about your product or service differently.
Engage your customers in conversation to acquire ideas and truly understand what they really need. Your customers can better help you understand all the ways they use your product/ service and why.