A peasant carrying a load of vegetables came along. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much effort, he finally succeeded. When the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying on the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our thinking and our condition. Unlike everyone else that walked past the boulder, the peasant exercised determination and possibility thinking to unknowingly improve his situation.
Explore Possibility Thinking
“Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.” – Sam Ewing
People who embrace possibility thinking are capable of accomplishing tasks that seem impossible because they believe in solutions. Just like in our story above, when experiencing overwhelming challenges we can either avoid them, circumvent them or find a solution ourselves.
For some of us avoiding tough challenges has become a bit of a habit but for some of us challenges present opportunity. I have heard people say that “problems are just opportunities in disguise.” Wouldn’t it be great to have your team, department or company attack problems head on just like the peasant above. The peasant could have made up an excuse and avoided the challenge just like the others but no, he did the work others didn’t. He did it with no expectation for recognition and found to his delight an unexpected reward.
According to John C. Maxwell, author of “How Successful People Think.” there are several reasons to adopt a possibility mindset. Here are several reasons why we all should become better possibility thinkers.
- Possibility Thinking Increases Your Possibilities
- Possibility Thinking Draws Opportunities and People to You
- Possibility Thinking Increases Others’ Possibilities
- Possibility Thinking Allows You to Dream Big Dreams
- Possibility Thinking Makes it Possible to Rise Above Average
- Possibility Thinking Gives You Energy
- Possibility Thinking Keeps You from Giving Up
What blockages are you experiencing today? How can “possibility thinking” spur you on to better outcomes? Have you considered those around you to assist you in looking at the challenges from a different perspective? As a leader consider leveraging your abilities to create innovation and creativity by enlisting others to help. Be a possibility thinker today!
Wishing you all a great week!
Committed to your success,