Today I was doing some research on Presentation Zen and I stumbled upon a great Ted talk delivered by Ken Mogi. He was talking about the importance of curiosity in science. Interestingly enough, the reason I was on Presentation Zen is because I am always curious about how we at Tignum can continue to present our Sustainable High Performance messages as clearly and impactfully as possible. But what struck me as I watched Ken's talk was that rarely does the attribute of curiosity come up when we ask our clients what skills, attributes, and qualities they would want in their high performance Mindset.
Curiosity is a strong desire to know or learn something. It is the foundation of innovation. When I think of all of our clients who I would call Swimmers, they all shared an amazing curiosity. They were constantly asking questions and exploring things that on the surface didn't look at all connected to their core business. The fact was that their curiosity constantly led them to new ways of looking at their challenges, and ultimately to new (often market changing) solutions. Curiosity is a quality that as kids we all possess in abundance. But unfortunately many of us lose our curiosity as we age. One big reason so many people lose this very important Mindset component is because they are Floating. They are overwhelmed, in the survival mode, and short on energy and resilience.
One of the most important things you can do to improve your curiosity is to improve your energy, resilience, brain agility, and capacity. The foods and thoughts you feed your brain will either enhance or destroy your curiosity. Getting enough high quality sleep and oscillating throughout the day allows your brain the chemistry and space necessary to be curious. When you move, your left and right brain work together making connections and asking questions you never thought possible. Truly your Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery habits are the foundation of creating your own curiosity. If you're curios about some additional insights on how to improve your curiosity here is another blog I love: Life Optimizer.
Keep swimming and please share your thoughts with us - was are always curious!
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer