We are living in a time when our nation, our culture, is battling the question of how to fill a deficit we have created. The battle seems to be between two options: give less or take more.
We are a country of leaders. What about a third option?
We are spending our human energy battling two options. We are stuck.
We have tried and are trying old things that have not worked in today's world.
Leaders are innovative. How do we access innovative solutions?
I can not do anything, specifically, about what is happening in Washington.
But I can use what I see there to realize how we, as humans, could get unstuck. I can then apply what is happening there to my life.
New ideas beget new results. Having a clear, full picture goal is an important step.
In Washington, we do not just want to balance the budget. We want to have a thriving economy again, too.
New solutions sometimes come from taking the old and applying new ideas to it. A simple example of this is when inventors took a single CD player and mixed it with the jukebox concept, coming up with the 100 disc changer.
In Washington, we tried new ideas from old paradigms. It did not work. When new ideas from old concepts do not work, it is time for innovation. I believe our country is calling for us all to be innovative.
Innovative ideas cause stimulating results: like mp3 players.
I believe that as we each access our own innovation, in whatever life is calling forth from us, personally or professionally, we inspire those around us to do the same. Collectively we will raise our country to its leadership, thriving role again. A thriving United States, then, will inspire the countries around us to move forward, too, driving a thriving world economy.
So, how do we, as humans get ourselves unstuck?
How do we access innovative ideas AND bring them to fruition? Here is how
ACCESSING INNOVATION THROUGH
SEVEN STEPS TO POSITIVE CHANGE
1. First we need to be clear where we are and stop blaming others and ourselves for it. Solutions start by just looking at what is, the facts.
2. Second, we need to get clear on our goals, the whole picture, what we really want to create. My husband calls this putting the “pie in the sky”. This step usually takes time and should first be defined as a concept. It is filled with dreams. It is something innovative. Is not that how the mp3 players began?
3. Third, we need to set boundaries. What are we willing and not willing to partake in to achieve this?
4. Fourth, we need to believe these dreams are possible. Finding reasons to believe usually puts us into the motion of step Five.
5. Fifth, we need to take inspired actions. Instead of trying to make things happen, when we want to be innovative, we need to explore, wonder, take one step without knowing the whole plan. Then use that step to come up with the next one with the conceptual goal in mind. The form of the goal will be the innovative result.
6. Sixth, let go. Innovation is like a plant. Once we get clear on the concept, the seed is planted. Over watered seed drown. Tend to and enjoy the things that are already working as the innovation unfolds.
7. Lastly, keep the faith. Celebrating what we are learning from our failures and successes keeps us from pulling the plant and having to start over and over and over again.
If it is time for a change, a real change, take yourself through these steps'. Be amazed. Thriving awaits. Your innovation naturally sparks others. Is not it time?