Rethink Possible. That’s AT&T’s newest slogan. Each time I hear or see it, I am reminded of possibility thinking; the mindset that helps you to move from the seemingly impossible to the possible. You may be wondering, “Is this just another way of saying think positively? Although I firmly believe that you have to be a positive thinker in order to be a possibility thinker, they are not the same. Possibility thinking takes you beyond positive thinking. While positive thinking helps you correct faulty thinking patterns, possibility thinking helps you to become aware of the hidden possibilities – even in a bad situation; to see possibilities even when faced with impossible odds. Let me state here that I firmly believe that you have to be a positive thinker in order to be a possibility thinker. Sometimes, when faced with a distressing situation, the only way out is to see what your world would look like when the situation has passed. And, for better or worse (of course, worse is in the eyes of the beholder) everything passes. Remember the saying, “This, too, shall pass.”
To affirm that everything passes, many years ago, a friend’s 14 year old daughter had a serious health challenge. One day, out of desperation, she asked, “How do you keep going when things look hopeless?” I answered, “See her the way you want her to be – healthy and happy; see the possibilities”. To this day, she thanks me for that little nugget of advice. It is now 15 years later and her daughter is a beautiful young woman who is healthy, happy, and the proud mother of 3 beautiful children. I truly believe that anything is possible when you focus on what’s possible and have a knowing (in your gut) that there are infinite possibilities in every situation. I consider possibility thinking one of the great keys to success.
So, how does one become a possibility thinker? Where and how do you start? I would be remiss if I did not give you some specific strategies or actions to take. But, not today! See my next blog for tips on becoming a bona fide possibility thinker. Until I get the hang of blogging, check back here weekly for some more of my thoughts.
Do you think that there are hidden possibilities in every situation - - no matter how dire? I would love to hear from you.