Oh the excitement of digging into a new project! Anything is possible. The ideas romp through your head and onto your sketch pad or whiteboard fluidly, effortlessly.
You are boundless—or at least you feel like you are.
Until that first “that won’t work” objection comes up.
Maybe it’s a gently-worded email. Maybe it’s an urgent phone call. Or maybe it’s the numbers that stare back at you from a spreadsheet that just can’t be ignored.
Stop signs from clients and others are just part of the process. Don’t fight them; work with them. No matter what, remain in that state of freshness, even playfulness, that you enjoyed when you first embarked.
Many boundaries—technology limitations, too-small audiences—can be overcome in time. First things first: this idea. This task. This step.
Ticket in hand, you wait on the platform for the arrival of the train.
This is going to be such an adventure.
And, as it turns out, it is—just not the exact one you’d hoped for.
All journeys have their fair share of diversions—both fun and less so—that stretch us. And it’s because of them that we return changed.
We did something different, something we didn’t know we could do, and when we’re faced with a similar situation later on, we’ll know what to do.
“Everybody experiences far more than (s)he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. ”
– Marshall McLuhan
TAKE IT TO HEART
This is a great week to reread a graduation favorite for all ages, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Beginning with that palpable, highly motivating excitement we often feel in our own new beginnings, the book quickly examines what happens when things don’t go quite as planned.