Dream of Possibilities; Ditch the ‘What Ifs’

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“Stop thinking in terms of limitations in start thinking in terms of possibilities.”

– Terry Josephson

As of the day of this writing, the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking died. Many news reports focused on Hawking having to overcome his disabilities. This actually angered a lot of people who thought the news media should simply focus on what Stephen Hawking accomplished. One person who goes by the handle Bridie wrote on Twitter: “He was the incredibly achieving man he was WITH disability, Not despite it.” This is true. Hawking’s focus was simply on what it was possible for him to learn and understand. In Hawking’s own words his life mission was: “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” Hawking didn’t focus on his disability, but rather only on the goals he sought to accomplish.

Looking beyond limitations

We can’t control everything that happens. There are always obstacles. But likewise, there are always solutions. Rather than worrying about things we can’t control, we should focus on controlling our response to what’s happening. How we act and react is where our power lies.

It’s pointless to waste energy stressing over things we cannot affect any change toward. That energy is best spent on things we can change in control. What we can control is our search for solutions to achieve our goal.

How to get unstuck

Sometimes we get stuck in situations due to our own behavior. We either knowingly or unknowingly engage in certain patterns of behavior. These may be patterns that helped us in the past. However, we need to remain ever-flexible and adaptable. Life changes, the world around us changes, and situations change. Old solutions may not solve new problems. If we are stuck in a particular pattern of behavior – that pattern may be more harmful than helpful. Trying to apply an old formula to a new problem can cause us to get stuck. We need to be willing to look at things in new ways and accept change and change with it if necessary. These are the types of solutions that help us get to a higher level in life.

A saying that is incorrectly quoted to Albert Einstein is:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

– Unknown

No matter who said it – it rings true.

“Change the formula to get a different result.”

– Emily Maroutain