Is there a possibility that we can do more than we think? Accomplish more than we have before? I recently read on possibility thinking in a book titled ‘Community: The Structure of Belonging’ which I received through a LIFE subscription. It is certainly a switch for how myself and companies I have worked for have looked at things in the past. A switch from a problem solving lense to a possiblity lense. Can you imagine how alive we would feel if whenever we saw someone or something we saw the possibilites versus issues or problems? I feel more energetic just writing about it. Why is that? With possiblity thinking there is hope, an open road to pursue or create. When problem focused, it brings limited thinking confining our view to what is already there, what has been tried, and what hasn’t worked. A person must want things in their life to be different to embark on the journey of possibility thinking. Our country became great because of possiblity thinking.
We can use the question “Is there a possibility that” and examine all areas of our life and improve on them if desired. Just like we have learned other skills in our lives, we can learn to change our vision, how we interpret what we see and even what we have not yet physically seen. Just think of when you were a child and how you pictured, or envisioned, things would look in your future: Where you would travel? Where you would live? How you would be recognized? If you thought you might be a singer or in a band you probably saw the stage and the lights, heard and felt the music, and bowed and threw kisses to the fans. You saw possibility not the problems you would have come your way to get there. So when did things change from looking at life with possibilities to accepting it as it is or being problem focused?
On any journey in life there will be countless possibilities and where we end up will be determined by how we see and respond to each along the way.If I focus on what I am going through it is difficult to see where I am going to. I can only see what I choose to focus on at that time. To get to a desired destination I must choose to lead myself along the right path to get there. I will need to learn new skills, consider new ideas (as the old have not gotten me to where I want to go) and be willing to take action. George Guzzardo in a recent article said ‘Vision, purpose, responsibility and accountability are just a few skills that come to mind that a leader can learn. Energy comes from purpose and this is a result of growing these skills.’ and George is certainly full of energy because he knows his purpose. This is why possibility thinking is so inspiring. We are challenged to pursue something new, something purposeful. We are challenged to look through a new lense and see incredible options instead of walls. Don’t we always encourage our children to ‘find another way’ instead of quitting. We can live that same more enjoyable way.
Where do we go from here in pursuing possibilites? First, look at areas in our lives we want to improve such as family relationships, finances, our freedoms. Then check to see who may be interested players in making this happen. In order for the work to be done, for others to become engaged, they must feel there is enough value or merit for their time and energy. The conversation must be on possibility thinking which will bring an aliveness to the project. The LIFE business has many resources to help in achieving the necessary skills and belief. The answer to the question in the title is yes, there is a possibility that …you finish your way.
God Bless, Renee