We create our future with our responses to change. Interact with the change, get intimate with it. In bop music of the 1940s, musical interaction between the soloist and the drummer was referred to as “dropping bombs.” We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control our reaction to what happens to us. When the world “drops bombs” and sends its jazzy licks our way, we need to feel we have bombs to drop as well that will put us back in the groove (or at least know where we can find shelter).
Be ready, willing, and able to improvise. When we open up to new experiences, we discover potential in ourselves we never knew we had. Often, it takes more effort not to do something than to do it. It helps to be flexible in how we view problems. We need to quit burning up our energy in shooting down ideas. Latch on to a couple of ideas and go for it. Think “I'll do it” instead of “Not me,” or “This won’t work.”
Invent your future by committing to lifelong learning. Knowing that change is coming and even why we must change is not enough; it helps to know how to progress. Be ready for the world and its endless opportunities for progress. Learn what you need to learn, and more.
Action steps often need time to work. It's important to give them that time. However, we must also be open-minded enough to know when to use alternate approaches and strategies to move forward. Commit to progress, not to a plan. Commit to action. Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart open for ways to progress.
Be Open to Progress.
Contributed by: Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success