“FORGET ALL THE REASONS WHY IT WON’T WORK AND BELIEVE IN THE ONE REASON WHY IT WILL.”
I, like every other human on this planet, have made a decision based on the 101 reasons why something won’t work. A job. I don’t know that area very well. Suddenly I don’t know if I have the skills to do the work. A creative project. I can’t start a blog. I have nothing of value to say. A business opportunity. Buy a building and start a company! I don’t know anything about business. A relationship. We’ve only known each other a couple months. We live so far apart. Positive things don’t happen that fast. A vacation. Fly to a country where I don’t speak the language to meet a friend that I haven’t known very long. Am I crazy?
Those reasons that it won’t work are based on fear and resistance. (Stephen Pressfield has several excellent books on resistance. I highly recommend The War of Art.) We have to fight through fear and resistance every day. What are we really afraid of? In a society that rewards mediocrity and following the status quo, I think the answer is being different and failure.
There was a study done where kindergarteners were asked if they were creative. Every single student raised their hand. Each consecutive grade was asked the same thing. As the students got older and older, less and less of them would raise their hand when asked if creative. When they got to graduating seniors, a mere handful of students out of hundreds would raise their hand. The system trains us not to be creative. As children we believed in possibility. We believed we could do stuff. We were our own reason.
As to failure…….we have got to learn not to be afraid of it. (See there is fear again.) You are going to mess up. The important thing is that we learn from our mistakes. We cannot have success without failure. Take the words of Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
What if we changed our assumptions? What if we went on the basis or idea that it will work? This blog is proof of me changing my assumptions. I found the one reason why it will work. I am my own reason. I am doing it because I want to. I am doing it to challenge myself as a creative individual. I want my voice to be a positive message out in the universe.
Find your one reason. Change your assumptions. Do the work.