If you keep doing the same things, you get bored, start losing your passion, and get the same old results.  If you are bored, you are boring and an energy zapper.  Performance suffers. So what are YOU doing to shake things up in your work and life? 

During the National Speakers Association conference in New York City earlier this month, Bill Stainton shared some lessons learned from the Beatles on 'shaking it up.'  I wish I could remember them all.  I do remember this quote from Katherine Hepburn, "If you obey all the rules, you'll miss all the fun!"

So here are three small suggestions for shaking it up:
Say YES to something you would typically say NO to.  GO into it with an open mind and try to learn as much as you can. Shake up your commitments.
Wear an outfit which you have not worn for a long time that has been taking up space in your closet.  After you wear it, determine if you should pass it on to someone else or perhaps put it back on your 'to be worn again' list.  Shake up your image.
Do something outrageous.  Did you know that I could put my fist into my mouth?  It was not a pretty picture and probably is why I now have TMJ, but it sure was original in college.  Yep, you could say, literally, I have a big mouth; Mick Jagger and I have a lot in common.  Shake up your actions and draw attention.

Why is this in a business performance blog? Try shaking things up -- you will see changes in performance and you may have more fun along the way.  What suggestions do you have to shake it up?

Theresa M. Szczurek (


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