Last night, didn’t get to sleep until 1:00 am. Don’t ask. “If I tell you I’d have to kill you” said Maverick (Tom Cruise) in the movie “Topgun”.
Writer’s note: Since I mentioned this idea yesterday as an alternative, it’s only right to follow up with it today. But yesterday I was inspired by a few things that gave me more ammunition to consider blogging about: One set of ideas was from a Family Life Radio broadcast where they were talking about “manly manhood”; another was when I took an extended lunch to my son’s classroom to listen to student oral presentions; more while I was at work doggedly working in my cubicle, I listened to an inspiring Ray Higdon webinar; and then lastly, coming home I realized with all of its stark and anti-modern implications, Chinese New Year is around the corner and the house is not yet entirely cleaned up.
It’s funny, how when you begin blogging, you are afraid to start blogging because you will think that you might “run out” of ideas or run out of time. You just have to tap into the pain or the pleasure and, unless you are a boring person extraordinaire, I can not imagine why the heck you are going to run out of stuff to write. Time, maybe. But subject matter, at least what I write about, just keeps on flooding.
There are times when the feelings of desperation come back, but you just have to keep on fighting, stay open.
Let’s get on with it…
Running with the wrong company?
One way you can tell if you are running with the right or wrong company is how the people around you respond to new ideas. What do I mean by “company”? While the primary definition is where you are employed, it could be the circle of friends you have, the organizations you volunteer at so on and so forth.
If you are confronted with repeated obstacles and excuses why your idea will not work or you get the sense that people don’t want to consider a new way of doing things, chances are, you are in an environment that is stifling your creativity.
Are you in a Resistance factory?
I have a theory, and that is, people won’t even entertain or even consider the concept of your new idea, because of one or a combination of the following reasons:
1) They get paid whether or not they think your idea has any merit.
2) Change is not good when you specialize in a routine that gets you out of work as soon as possible because, deep in their hearts, they think their jobs or their lives are ruled by constraint, so why bother? Entertaining new ideas to them is a conflict of interest.
3) People hate the mystery of change. It just goes to show once again, people would rather accept the certainty of a self-defeating work or lifestyle rather than spend anytime in a mysterious area that could, even in theory, could improve their lives.
4) Creating a vision that extends out of their foxhole is simply insane if they’ve found comfort in defining their lives as living in a foxhole (for those of you who don’t know what a “foxhole” is, it’s a military term for hole in the ground you dig with your personal entrenchment device (a shovel) to avoid getting shot at).
Maybe some of these ideas ring a bell with you. Maybe you’ve got your own theories why people won’t entertain new ideas. Sometimes you get the feeling some people just don’t even spend an iota of time considering something out of the ordinary.
There’s one way to get around this, seek an environment where people don’t mind thinking about how to better their lives and are willing to put ideas, ideas that align with your personal philosophy, into action. That’s one of the essences of leadership, seeking and acting on good ideas.
If you must stay in that environment, then you’ve got your work cut out for you less you succumb to the same pressure.
I’ll see you… on the next page