This is part of a series of an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything: I is for Innovation.
There will always be at least one apparently valid excuse, and a dozen more rationalizations, in defense of why it just isn’t possible to do what I want to do, ought to do, or hope to do.
But if I want to live a purposefully good life, I simply must strike the phrase, “I can’t,” from my list of optional responses to adversity.
Here’s the truth: humans have amazingly inventive power.
Unfortunately, the innate human characteristic of innovation is frequently used to invent plausible excuses for giving up.
- I will be courageous. I will innovate a way to succeed.
- I will stop using my imaginative capacity to make up reasons why I can’t.
- I will not claim my tasks, duties, goals and heartfelt desires are impossible;
- I will never quit before I’ve tried, and tried, and tried again.
- I will develop the habit of asking probing questions. I will observe, analyze, synthesize, learn and grow through challenges.
- I will try, and if my attempt doesn’t work out, I will muster my resources and call for help and try something else.
Be it resolved: when confronted with a problem, I will create and implement strategies for coping with the challenge until I overcome the problem.
And if the problem cannot be eliminated, I will employ my innovative capabilities to manage my attitude for as long as the problem exists.
Yes, we humans are innovators,
- yes we can figure out a way to live well, despite unfairness and injustice, despite sickness, pain, loss of loved ones, loss of jobs and property, despite everything.
I want to thank the many of you readers and friends who have encouraged me to reject self-doubt, self-pity and discouragement.
Which dream are you absolutely, unequivocally never, never, never, never, never going to stop trying to achieve?