Life is full of challenges, obstacles if you may, things standing between you and your dreams. Whether it’s the lack of resources, inadequate manpower or know-how, sometimes all round challenges such that you are bugged down, you are tired and you want to give up, throw in the tower and call it quits.
But why should you give up, after all it’s your dream, it’s your life, these are your goals and you owe yourself a duty to live them.
So quitting is not an option, you need to come up with creative alternatives. In project management we have what is called the triple constraint or the iron triangle. Where the scope of the project or program is drawn up against cost and time with quality at the center. So when you reduce cost you might compromise quality when you increase time you increase cost. Anyways the most successful projects or programs are those done on time on budget without compromising quality.
Whenever you are told no, they might be several reasons for that, you could immediately accept it or you could seek out creative alternatives, the point being never take no for an answer. Is it your dream? then go after it.
In coming up with creative alternatives you have to be an unrepentant optimist, always expect the best, and even when it rains learn to dance in it. Be the person with a plan, and when plan A fails do you have a Plan B and a Plan C and a Plan D. Be scout, be prepared.
When confronted with a challenge learn to change the frame, the context, the paradigm. Reframe the situation, rephrase the challenge, choose to see things differently, and choose to see possibilities.
This is best illustrated by an undergrad maths student who worked into class not realizing the equation on the board had be written by their professor to show the class that, that equation hasn’t been solved in last half a century, but no one told him that, he thought it was an assignment, so he took on the challenge only to return with a solution a weeks later to his professors amazement.
Think about what you could have done if no one told you it was impossible, we have been limited because we have been told this never happens or no one gets this score or that is not how we do it here. But who set the boundaries, choose to find a creative alternative.
You must master the act of intentional thinking. John Maxwell wrote the book thinking for change and said winning thoughts produce winners in life. Good thinkers are always in demand. A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss.
Let’s talk about questions, if you ask the right question you find amazing answers.
Learn to ask why, what, how always open your mind to possibilities.
Edward Debono said “a conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking”.
Don’t be afraid to change a preexisting paradigm, practice intentional thinking, master the act of negotiation, and learn the skill of persuasion. You will need people in your journey to destiny so learn to get along.
Finally, never give up. If it’s not the result you want do not give up, don’t give in, try again. Never be one of those who pats themselves on the back for effort, no one wins a trophy or a championship for trying, you have to win period. Let your creative juices flow, find a creative alternative.
You are most often limited by time and resources, master the act of managing and multiplying time, learn the skill of resource organization for funding your dream, and learn to make intelligent tradeoffs.
The next time you are told No, smile and gently ask isn’t there another way this can be done.
Commit to a daily routine to grow your mind.
That’s G.Y.M for today and I trust that you are charged up and obsessed with a burning desire to succeed. Ordinary is a misnomer for you.
Plan, Act and Pursue your dream.
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