People who study brilliance become brilliant.
But what do the currents within some organizations want you to study? Failure. What’s not working. Why you aren’t making budget. Where you are making mistakes (and who’s to blame).
Spare brilliant people the argument that you have to focus on your problems, lest you don’t understand them. The brilliant know that already. They understand the need for root-cause analysis. You can’t move forward in the direction you desire unless you leverage the past.
What the brilliant also understand is that there’s a difference between focusing on failure – and becoming a student and victim of its malfunctioning sisters: loss of momentum, confidence, vision, and hope.
Ask your team: What’s the difference between understanding our current problem vs. becoming a student of it? And, when is the right time to start moving forward?
Brilliance, which is birthed by inspiration, doesn’t happen when we’re looking backwards. It happens when we are released from the emotions of lack, disappointment and insecurity – and the need to protect ourselves from others.
It might be time for this conversation: We seem to thoroughly understand our problem. Let’s now move forward: Where do we have momentum in this area? What have we already achieved that gives us confidence we can succeed? Where are we brilliant – and how do we leverage that?
(Caution: You may be charged by those who are ‘failure experts’ that you’ve succumbed to “happy talk.” Pay them no mind. Their security lies in what can be proven: the past. As you help others sharpen their focus on what is provable and useful for moving forward it is they who will succumb to the movement of brilliance.)
We become what we study.
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