Is the glass half full or half empty?
There is no need to stress about the answer or what it means, but it is an opportunity to think differently.
Here are ten reasons why a half empty glass is a good thing.
- You have already enjoyed the first half
- You only want or need a small drink
- The glass could be very large so half a glass could be a big drink
- You have had enough to drink
- Half a glass is not equal to an empty glass
- You are saving the rest for later
- There is room for a “top up”
- You have not finished yet
- You have enough to share
- You know when to stop
We often see this cliché being used as a description of our perception, whether we have a positive or negative outlook on life. What we need to realise the answer has more than two options and these options can be positive, negative or neutral in nature. (The cliché also assumes that it is a drink, it could be the perfect measure for an ingredient in a recipe or anything we want it to be)
When a problem is presented do not just look at the linear solutions, look at the possibilities that could exist. Allow your brain to be creative and think out of the box. For all the problem scenarios that exist there are many solutions waiting to be discovered, innovation exists in how we provide the solution.
Things to consider before starting something new
The following are some ways to help you with the big picture stuff when thinking about setting up a new business venture or other project.
What are your motives for starting? Be aware of them if it is to make money, great, if it is to benefit the community great, but be able to define what the motives are.
What do you want to achieve? Do you know how you will measure the success of your new venture? What does success mean to you?
Keep a diary or journal of your thoughts/ideas/processes that you have. The big thing here is writing it down for a permanent record, many great thoughts are lost in the blink of an eye.
Research, research, research; do your homework; people will expect you to be the expert.
Protect your plans and intellectual property, you may need to talk to a specialist legal adviser for this so be prepared to spend some money.
Get alongside successful people; glean advice from their successes and failures.
Stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world and especially in the community where you expect to set up.
Do not take failure personally. Many things can happen to cause plans to change, learn from all of your experiences good and bad.
Be as objective as you can be.
Take time to develop the vision. You need to be able to see the full big picture.
Dream big but start small.
Remember the bigger the vision the more small details matter. Foundations need to be very strong to be able to support large structures.
If, on investigation, an idea doesn’t work don’t proceed.
Sometimes ideas may be sometimes “No” “Not Now” “Not Yet” “Not before…”
Be certain of your own values and ethics, they will drive your idea forward and give it strength.
Paul S Allen
Allow yourselves an indulgent look into the future.
Dream for a while, let your imagination run free, even better get a core team together and dream collaboratively. What will society look like in 10 years time? What part will your organization or business play in this scenario?
Don’t rush, allow plenty of time away from the routine of everyday life, with plenty of blank paper, inspirational surroundings (what ever works for you) and let your minds run free.
Allow for research time to investigate the reality of what exists now, with a view on what could happen in the future.
Define your values and ethics.
What do you stand for?
What do you believe in?
Revise your scenario.
Set your vision.
How will you measure your success?
What is your mission?
What do you do to get there?
The question that needs to be asked is “how do we achieve this?”
Always get your team involved as Stephen Covey says “No involvement, no commitment”*.
Implement, Review, Refine, Repeat
A vision and a strategy are just useless words on a page unless they are implemented.
Put them into action, review the processes, refine them, implement them again until the vision is realised.
So dream and change the world around you
*7 Habits of Highlyeffective people, Stephen R Covey