Making the Most of Aha Moments

Do you take time to acknowledge your aha moments?

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Shira Miller, executive vice president of communications at National DCP, explains the importance of aha moments and how leaders should make the most of them when they happen.

“When you have an aha moment, it's important to acknowledge it,” says Shira. “Write it down, even if it's a scrap of paper, something that you're writing into your cell phone, just make sure that you stop and acknowledge it so that you can breathe life into it later.”

Watch the video to learn more from Shira about how acknowledging aha moments can pave the way for your success.

An aha moment is a eureka. It's almost like the light bulb that you would see when an inventor comes up with a great idea. It can be small. It could be, "Oh, if I go this direction when I'm driving to work, I'll save 10 minutes in the morning." Or it can be huge. It could be, "If we change this in the technology, we're going to lead a market sector and redefine what's possible."

When you have an aha moment, it's important to acknowledge it. Write it down, even if it's a scrap of paper, something that you're writing into your cell phone, just make sure that you stop and acknowledge it so that you can breathe life into it later. And then, do. So when it is time, and you've got time to let it grow and flourish, paint a vivid picture. If you write in a journal or you just want to open up a computer file, type as fast as you can, stream of consciousness. See what's possible. You could create visual images to reinforce it.

I had a client who is an actress and she was interested in getting bigger parts, landing national TV shows, things such as that. And so to her, I was like, "OK. What symbolizes this kind of success?" It was Tabasco sauce because that was hot, that was fiery, and she realized that when she went after those kind of roles that things were different. So in realizing that, she took an image of a Tabasco bottle and stuck it everywhere, in her car, on mirrors. She started getting more parts after that.

Life is short and so when you have these aha moments, it's important to acknowledge it because it's giving yourself a gift. It's what's possible, you at your best. You are smart and you are creative and when you have these ideas and these realizations, honor them because they're going to allow you to pave an even better, happier future for yourself.
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Shira Miller

An award-winning communications strategist and executive coach, Shira Miller focuses on identifying and developing best-case possibilities for companies and their people. In her current role as the Executive Vice President, Communicat...

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