There is nothing new under the sun, the old saying goes. But that isn’t exactly so. History has a habit of repeating itself and certain trends and patterns continue to appear. But the versions are different. There are always those who hang back, desiring to keep tradition and certain routines. But in every age there are revolutionaries and visionaries who motivate us to progress and challenge the norms. Increasing efficiency and better living conditions are a result of innovation in science, health, transportation, etc resulting from the pursuit of knowledge.

This is true for us personally as well as in society at large. We all have patterns of behavior and routine habits that we rely on to order our days. But just as we grow physically and mentally we need to grow experientially by taking risks, seeking challenges, and engaging in innovation. “We’ve never done it that way before” is a phrase t hat never passes my lips – without denunnciation or a response of “why not?”

It can be as simple as taking a different route to or from work, etc. Trying a new restaurant or new menu item, cooking a different meal or in a different way. Doing anything to shake up our thinking is healthy. And always being on the lookout to find a better way to do what we do.

Here is a site called the Eight Essentials of Innovation Even though it is business oriented check it out to see how you can apply innovation to your own personal life.