I am fascinated with the creative side of humans. Some people are able to create the most amazing masterpieces, whether it is art or engineering the ability for an individual to be able to come up with a great idea and then turn it into reality is really something to be amazed by. The other morning my 6 year old asked me to draw my best monster. Immediate challenges that could come to mind:
1. I had 5 minutes before needing to leave for work
2. I hadn’t drawn a monster before
3. I had to come up with an image in my mind of what my monster would look like then put pencil to paper to see if I could bring that image to life!
Challenge number 1 could have seen me put the hand brake on the entire thing, the stress that thinking I didn’t have enough time could cause would have changed the outcome. Instead, I embraced it, I thought I have 5 minutes to draw.
Challenge number 2 could have seen me pull out as I may be afraid of failing, or have no confidence in what I can achieve, instead I choose to give it a go and be happy with whatever drawing I created knowing it was the best I could do at the time.
Challenge number 3 could only be surmounted by simply giving it a GO!
After I drew my monster I left to go to work, when I came home my 6 year old presented me with his monster. He asked that I put them both up at the wall in my office at work, which I proudly have.
When faced with something we have never done before we need to make a choice. The choice itself is not the most important, although does of course play an important role in the outcome. What is important is the thoughts you have of yourself when faced with the choice. Are you thinking limiting thoughts, like I can’t draw, I don’t know what to create, or I don’t have enough time? Limiting thoughts are those which we use against ourselves. Henry Ford famously said “If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” Some hear this and brush it off in much the same way they would the saying “If you truly believe it will happen it will.” For anyone who discounts either of these two expressions they do so because they lack the conviction and belief in their own true potential and ability. Both of these powerful expressions teach us that with the right mental attitude anything is possible, they are not saying you will find success in the first attempt, they are not saying you will see progress overnight, they are saying that if you remove the limitations and believe in your own ability what you dream of doing is actually possible.
Don’t just dream it – turn it into to reality – believe in your abilities – you can be whoever you want to be.