Those in the health field know that nothing is impossible. We try to better the world everyday. We spread our messages in the offices, the hospitals and with our health writing.
Here’s an article that highlights these thoughts. Today’s guest post is written by my colleague Linda Claire Puig 6-figure newsletter and email marketing expert.
Think Something Is Impossible? Think Again…
“For the world is full of zanies and fools who don’t believe in sensible rules, and don’t believe what sensible people say. And because these daft and dewey-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes, impossible things are happening everyday!” – Rodgers & Hammerstein, “Cinderella”
While most of us are not concerned with turning pumpkins into carriages, our businesses and our lives could be transformed just as powerfully by thinking “impossible” thoughts.
Think about it: How can things ever change — how can business, science or society innovate solutions to world dilemmas; how can our personal lives change trajectories — if we can only imagine what has been possible up to now?
Perspectives — the lenses through which you perceive and understand the world — affect everything you see and do. And when those perspectives become rigid and function more like prison bars, they keep you locked in routines and behaviors that don’t always serve you.
What would happen if you broke out of the prison of those perspectives? What new patterns and relationships would you notice? What new actions would you take?
Because thinking impossible thoughts is not just the realm of fairy godmothers or eccentric inventors. We can all do it.
One of my favorite books on this topic is The Power of Impossible Thinking, by Jerry Wind and Colin Crook. Here are just a few suggestions, drawn from their ideas, on how to begin to see differently.
Listen to the radicals. What wisdom and opportunities are there in the sometimes “bizarre” ideas of the radical thinkers around you?
Embark on journeys of discovery. Where can you travel — mentally or physically — to gain fresh perspectives on your organization? Your life?
Look across disciplines. Often, “impossible” solutions develop at the intersection of several fields. Crossing borders and moving into unfamiliar territory can help you see anything from a fresh perspective.
Question the routine. While routines create needed structure, they can sometimes lull us to sleep. Disrupt your routine, even in a small way, and see what new possibilities arise.
Recognize the barriers. Becoming aware of the obstacles or fences that keep us from seeing new ways is the first step to overcoming them.
Practice flying upside down. Like commercial airline pilots, who are trained in how to react to unusual emergencies (such as flying upside down!), we can look for ways to prepare for outrageous scenarios.
“Destroy” the old model. For example, imagining you will live only six more months can immediately obliterate all previous models of thought about how you would spend your days.
Envision multiple futures. What are some potential scenarios for the future, and what will you need to succeed in each one?
Linda Claire Puig is an internationally recognized marketing expert who helps solo-business owners develop profitable relationships and portable businesses that go with them wherever they want to go. Linda has taken her own business abroad several times, including 5 months in a medieval-era Italian village. Linda is the author of The 6-Figure Newsletter, which was pre-ordered by nearly 9,000 people before it even went on sale. Among other services, Linda’s business, 6FigureNewsletters.com, provides done-for-you Ready2Go newsletter articles you can use as your own in your newsletter, as well as rockstar training on how to set up a newsletter system that makes money. Linda is also an award-winning journalist and writer for the past 30 years, and her articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and newsletters around the world. For a free copy of her “75 Best Newsletter Success Strategies,” click here <http://www.6figurenewsletters.com
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