The Test

What are your views on innovation?

Do you believe innovation is something best left to the technologically-minded?

Or, do you believe innovation is more ubiquitous: whenever and wherever there exists the need, ideas will spontaneously spring to mind in the attempt to satisfy that need.

And once an idea forms in the mind’s eye: how do you know if it is feasible?

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But What If…?

Ever played the negative version of ‘What ifs’?

Imagine a situation where you need to take action.

Unsure: you hesitate, or procrastinate while you second-guess an outcome from a position of fear.

Typically though, this kind of ‘What if’ thinking presupposes a negative outcome and/or reaction.

Like as not, you may even throw in some catastrophizing for good measure: ‘But what if the plan fails, everyone will think I’m stupid.’

(Really? Even those who do not know you?)

While you may like the sensation of control: life and people are outside your control.

So, be kind to yourself.

Realize words such as ‘failure’, ‘hopeless’, and ‘loser’ can negatively affect emotional well-being and self-esteem.

Realize words heavily laced with negativity are only too keen to rob you of the confidence you need to take action.

So, the next time you are tempted to play a darker shade of ‘What ifs’, consider introducing some sense of balance to your perspective.

Ask yourself:

  1. What is the worst thing that can happen?
  2. What is the best possible outcome?
  3. What is the most likely outcome?

By broadening your view, you are also expanding the scope with which to find a realistic strategy that you are willing to action.

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