4 Steps to Integrating a New Idea Into Your Life

What do you do when you’re ready to take a new direction in your career?

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Ellen Adair Wyche, strategic development consultant for Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, shares four steps leaders can take to integrate a new idea into their lives.

“One of the most important things about being a successful leader is to have a lifelong attitude of growth,” says Ellen. “Regardless of where you are in your career, I have a little mantra that I remember that helps me when I encounter new situations… I call it ‘name it, claim it, work it, share it.’”

Watch the video to hear Ellen explain what she means by these four steps.

One of the most important things about being a successful leader is to have a lifelong attitude of growth. Regardless of where you are in your career, I have a little mantra that I remember that helps me when I encounter new situations or when I aspire to do something that I haven't done before, or when I am in a period of reflection trying to pivot and create a different direction for me. I call it "name it, claim it, work it, share it." And those are four steps that you can think about in your life no matter where you are to help you take your new idea and integrate it fully into your life.

So what do I mean by that? What do I mean by "name it?" Well think about what is it that you want to be or do. Put that down on paper. Make it concrete. Gather some clues around you that help flesh that out in a very tangible way. Find someone who can be your mentor that helps you put descriptors in very specific ways around what it is you're trying to do. So name that.

And then claim it. Claim it in a way that integrates that with who you already are. What are your highest talents? What brings you joy? When are you most excited to get up in the morning and jump out of bed and tackle whatever's on your plate? Claim what you've named in a way that you can integrate it into your life.

And then work it. Find ways to practice. Find an opportunity to talk about that and socialize your idea among people that are going to be a willing audience. Talk about it to your best friends. Find a sponsor or mentor that you admire and try out that new persona on them. Get their feedback, but work it in such a way that you begin to integrate that into the things that you are doing on a daily basis.

And then finally, you're ready to step out and share it. Put it on your resume. Take a risk and accept a new position or a new responsibility that does make use of those things that you've named and claimed and worked already. Don't wait for someone to call on you. Volunteer to share in ways that take you out of your past comfort zone and put you in a new place where opportunity really can infuse the things that you do.
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Ellen Adair Wyche

Ellen Adair Wyche is a seasoned professional with a history of success working with business owners and corporate leaders to develop strategies and programs that deliver bottom line results in highly competitive markets. Her expertis...

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