Today I watched an older TED presentation by Sir Ken Robinson about creativity and how our education system (worldwide) stifles it. One of the take aways for me is that when people get passionate about something, they can achieve great things … they see the possibilities, not the barriers. Robinson believes that we get preconditioned through our formative years into conforming with “accepted norms” … which stifles talent and creativity that otherwise might flourish.
Whatever your position in life you will take pleasure from success … and the best way to achieve success is to focus on how to get it, not on why you can’t do it. It is also worth noting that success can be many things, not just about money or winning … it can be about achievement, “personal bests”, overcoming adversity etc.
So … if your habit is to focus on the problems and why you can’t achieve the success you want, then you need to change that thinking. Instead you need to step back and look at what you could possibly do to achieve your goal. Here are some tips …
1. Don’t focus on “the problem” or barrier … rather focus on the end result.
2. Write down every thought you might have about how to get to that end result … no matter how “outlandish”.
3. If the goal is BIG, then try to develop interim goals. eg. If you set a goal of being the lead guitarist in a band and you never played an instrument … you might want to start with learning to play basic guitar!
4. Talk to others … by now you will have crystallised your goal in your mind and have some thoughts about how to get there. Two heads are better than one, and the more people discussing and brainstorming the issue the better. For example, if you have a business issue involve your peers, and anyone else you think might be able to bring ideas to the table. Do NOT underestimate the creativity of the junior members of your team.
5. FOCUS … all of this needs to happen with a total focus on the issue. You cannot be doing this in between your day job, the next big deadline etc. Set aside dedicated time, it doesn’t need to be days … but perhaps an hour or four!
6. Humility … don’t think you need to have all the answers. Give credit to those who do help. Be willing to help others when they need it!
7. Believe! If you don’t believe that you can succeed then your chances are dramatically reduced. Everything is possible … you just need to find the key!
Success, whether it is achieving a goal weight, a level of fitness, a new language, a job promotion, a business target … is achievable. It takes work, it takes commitment and it takes a little courage … are you up for it?
“Its kind of fun to do the impossible.” … Walt Disney
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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