Difficult is not the same as Impossible

October 19, 2015 at 6:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”– James Allen

A month and a half ago I had the pleasure of being at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney. It was a great day of inspiring speakers, but most importantly many conversations were started and connections sparked as people milled in and around the Opera House on the day. I really do love the feel of live events like this. They remind me to keep exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically.

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington

One of the speakers who we listened to at the festival was Canadian Naomi Klein. She is an author, social activist and filmmaker who provided the packed Concert Hall audience with much food for thought within her presentation. One specific comment that she made resonated strongest for me, with its application much more broad ranging than just the important topics being covered in her talk. ‘Difficult is not the same as impossible’.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

How often does limiting language like impossible impact our individual or shared daily thoughts, words and actions? How often do we as individuals and groups not even begin because of a perceived sense of impossibility? How often do we as individuals and groups walk away within the struggle of challenge because if it doesn’t come easily it must be impossible? How often do we slip into blame and criticism as we navigate our journeys through difficult?

“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” – Unknown

So what can we tap into while we navigate complex journeys through difficult? What about 3 C’s! First: being and staying curious, second: tapping into our own and others creativity, finally: within collaborative practices. Staying curious sees us remaining engaged and staying with difficult long enough to find new opportunities, ideas, learnings and ways of being. Tapping into creativity sees us being able to form new and valuable (tangible or intangible) connections, patterns, outcomes and solutions. While collaborative practices see us supporting each other through ‘being the change we wish to see in the world’.

“If it’s not exactly like you thought it would be, you think it’s a failure. What about the spectrum of colours in between.” – Sara Evans

Where in your journey of potential or within your spheres of influence does this comment (difficult is not the same as impossible) resonate? What do you tap into when navigating your way through difficult?

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