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Problems and pitfalls are easy to see. It does not take much to shut something down or to be critical. I was good at it – shutting things down. I told myself that seeing the problems was my way to make sure that I avoided the potential risks. What I considered shrewd, was actually more about fear than prudence. Identifying the pitfalls was my permission slip to decline, to shut down, to walk away. I did avoid risk, but it came at quite a cost.
What is working for me better these days? Instead of identifying problems, I first ask myself this question:
What is possible?
This expansive question invites creativity, growth and joy. I am learning to say yes. I still view the conceivable challenges, but I hold them lightly, focusing my attention instead on potential and possibility.
Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars. Les Brown