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By creating visions for our lives and our organizations, we hand build bridges from where we are to who we hope to be.
Since we first gathered around campfires, we have loved stories: stories at bedtime, stories with friends and stories at work. Some stories are better told with pictures. How many words it would take to tell this wonderful story about aspirations.
“We walk through the rooms of our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be filled. Maybe, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for problems, but for potential.” Ellen Goodman Think about what a difference it would make if you could find potential where you now find problems.
Do you remember the moment you discovered one of your talents? Didn’t you feel a surge of excitement? … “YES, YES, YES! I can do this, I can be who I want to be!” Well, that’s what my father meant when he talked about dreaming like a champion.
Have you ever been on an adventure that changed your life? What if you had not gone on that adventure? I recently realized that, if I had made the Olympic ski team, I could not have joined an expedition paddling canoes down the Danube River. My pictures would not have been published in National Geographic. My career as a photographer might never have happened.
Since grade school, we have been taught to use words to describe and numbers to analyze. But, how many of us have been taught to use images as visual metaphors to expand our minds? In what other ways can you look at things to see them in a new light?
As a New Year arrives, we have the opportunity to see the world around us in a new light. I find myself asking … is there anything more I can do to bring to my endeavors the very best I have to offer? How about you?
By understanding people and their needs, we can figure out ways to work with them. That is the core of collaboration. With collaboration comes innovation and, in innovation, we find the solution to challenges.
In the “Tempest”, Shakespeare wrote: “What’s past is prologue.” Perhaps not always, but the past can guide our choices when we face big changes. Looking back often helps one see what is possible and what steps are needed to make it happen. The next time you face a big change, why not take a moment to look back at your life?