“Plant the seeds of beautiful ideas in your mind and water them with belief and action.”
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The X Prize Foundation’s tag line is “We Make the Impossible Possible by Incentivizing Great Minds to Make a Difference.”
The Foundation and its supporters believe that the solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges will only be reached through the ideation and realization of critical solutions by pioneering individuals and organizations around the world.
Some of the current projects include:
- Discovering the mysteries of the deep sea
- Empowering children to take control of their own learning
- Transforming the lives of low-literacy adults
- Transforming CO2 into valuable products
What beautiful ideas for a better world inspire you?
Regardless of the size and scope, how can your belief and motivation to act help you and others reap the harvest of a better world?
“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.”
—Robert Collier, 20th Century author of metaphysical books
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Think back to when you were small, watching your favorite cartoon. For me, it was Saturday mornings with Looney Tune characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
Can you recall an episode or two in which your favorite character is faced with the pivotal choice of good versus bad, or perhaps a “Yes, you can!” versus “No, you can’t!” coming from an angelic or devilish character standing on opposite shoulders?
Through science and technology, it has recently been determined that the energies associated with our optimistic and positive beliefs actually correlate to better outcomes in our lives.
How can you increase your chances of personal and professional success by exercising and building your angelic belief muscle on a daily basis?
“For things to reveal themselves to us we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
—Thich Nhat Hahn, Vietnamese monk
My first career out of college was that of a science teacher. I’m still that guy who watches nature programs, The Discovery Channel, and I never miss an episode of How the Universe Works!
Are you a student of science, the scientific method, or the notable rock star Nobel Prize winning scientists of history? You might be shocked at just how long it took for their scientific contemporaries and the public to consider and adopt what many, at the time, thought crazy ideas about how things work.
In what areas of your life would holding on too tightly to what you know and believe be limiting?
How would loosening your grip or even abandoning some of your current views reveal new possibilities and opportunities to better your world?
“You must look into people, as well as at them.”
—Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 18th Century British Statesman
Taking a sincere interest and seeking to fully understand the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of another could be one of the most important things we can do to change the world around us.
How many of your problems and life challenges – not to mention those of the world – are due to breakdowns in relationships and communication in general?
How often do you find yourself or someone else engaged in surface observations of others, with a critical or judgmental perspective? How does doing so diminish the relationship qualities including respect, trust, and cooperation?
Where and how can you look more deeply into the people in your professional and personal life, to change your world for the better?
“Men are not against you; they’re merely for themselves.”
—Gene Fowler, 20th Century American journalist
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Do you have any enemies? Is there an archnemesis in your personal or professional community? What is it like to be around this person, or even to simply think about them?
What have you done to contribute to the rift between the two of you? What have you tried to perhaps mend fences?
Instead of being against one another with all the damage it can produce, how would a better understanding of what this individual stands for help?
Once you better understand their motivators and beliefs, perhaps you can break the vicious cycle of making each other wrong.
“Believe in yourself a little more.”
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A few weeks ago I began working with an exciting new coaching client with boundless energy and great potential.
As part of our kick-off Personal Excellence workday, we reviewed his 360° Leadership Survey, which examines his current style as a leader and manager, as well as his effectiveness in a variety of activities.
Although his perception of self was quite good, he was surprised, even a bit embarrassed, when his colleagues rated him significantly higher in virtually every area, including strengths and weaknesses.
Not surprisingly, he shared a bit of his upbringing. His parents were somewhat negative in their parenting strategies, leaving him feeling he was never good enough, and could never meet their expectations.
How would a far greater belief in yourself and your potential make a significant difference in living a happier and more successful life?
Where would a greater belief in those around you make a world of difference for the people you care about and love?
“The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”
-Pema Chödrön, American Buddhist nun
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When was the last time you had a discussion with a friend, family member, or colleague in which they said, “I know” one or more times?
Consider that at such moments their beliefs and opinions are firmly cemented into their minds. Unfortunately, in many cases, they have literally stopped listening to any other perspective.
Turning this situation around, how often do you say “I know” to others, or just covertly think it to yourself?
Where and on what subjects are you clinging too tightly to your own point of view or perspective, making you unavailable to new possibilities?
How would an “I don’t know / I’m not sure / I’m curious” perspective create the greatest value?
“Reality is the other person’s idea of how things should be.”
—John M. Shanahan, author of Hooked on Phonics
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As part of my Personal Excellence Training, I teach my clients to coach themselves, with a technique I call The Pivot Point. The first part of this tool is to help my clients assess the “current reality” of the situations in their lives.
The challenge for most, at the beginning, is that they often believe that their perception of reality is shared by everyone around them.
How open are you to the possibility that the people in your personal and professional worlds perceive “reality” quite differently than you?