For most of us, life is an ongoing search to uncover the opportunities. Even though they may be happening all around us, all the time there is a constant battle inside us, trying to figure out whether we think something will work, whether we would like to actually do it and whether we could actually manage doing it.
The common denominator through this whole process is that we are trying to manage change in our lives, but that’s stupid. Managing change never works. It’s impossible to foretell what may come from change since change itself creates its own direction without knowing that direction there’s no way we manage it. All we can do is create change by doing this we stay ahead of the change rather than trying to follow it.
We can do this by using, ‘What if?’, each time we ask ourselves ‘What if?’ the answer is uniquely our own and based on our understanding, experiences, wants and needs and abilities. It’s created by us, for us no other person’s answer could be exactly the same. At that point you are creating change and you are out in front of it because it is your change. You are defining it rather than trying to manage what someone has started.
Once you make it a habit of asking ‘What if? you won’t want to go back.
When we are young we have very little sense of what is happening around us our world is small so we look for things to do within that world. As we grow and learn about new things in our world, our wants and needs increase drastically along with our ability to do more. Most of us arrive at a point where we all have more to do, than time to do it in. We fall victim to time poverty. It happens to everyone. Every time we turn around we are being asked or asking ourselves for or to do something else. It’s not our fault it’s the the way we have chosen to be.
The trick becomes not to try and do everything but to do what matters most. We need to make sure that we are not majoring in minor things. There is simply not enough time to do everything. But there is enough time to do the most important things, we have to decide for ourselves what those things are. What will make the largest impact on what we need or want the most. Its not about the challenge itself, it’s about how it could impact the outcomes we are looking for.
‘What if?’, can help us in a big way. Because it helps us to change our thinking, It helps us to become possibility thinkers instead of reactors. We open our minds to the possibilities around us. By asking ‘What if?’, all we are doing is taking a problem and using our uniqueness to come up with an answer. We do this by making it an exercise in fun. This makes things lite and easier to deal with. What usually happens is we place them on a pedestal, ‘Oh the problem’, ‘look at the problem’.
We don’t want to diminish the importance of problems, but if we can make them fun it helps us distance our self from them, stand outside of them, obtain a different and often better perspective. Hence a better solution but one that is uniquely ours.
We don’t want to look at things as a problem but as opportunities instead. We hear that all the time. But how does a problem become an opportunity. It’s through you and me, when we become willing to step away from them, look at them from a different perspective. In a way that has never been done before, ‘What if I could?’. We open up our creativity, we embrace it and use it. We are, all creative, just in different ways, we have to learn about the creativity within us by using our life and experiences.
Read the first chapter, Access Your Potential
Come back again, to read the next chapter, and we’ll talk more about the “What If Opportunities” around and inside us.