“I think I can, I think I can,” says the little engine that could as it chugs up the mountain.
Sometimes we all face the tall mountain and don’t know whether to chug or fail.
Notice the engine that could was not surrounded by other engines who chanted, “No, you can’t, No, you can’t.”
If you face a tall mountain and have a great idea, surround yourself with great people who will cheer you and encourage you to take your ideas up the mountain, to the next level. If you find yourself surrounded by a No You Can’t crowd of detractors, stop sharing your Can-Do dream and reserve it for other Can-Do Encouragers.
Sometimes, when I offer a new idea that is ignored or laughed at by others, I grow discouraged.
One of the best places I can go to get inspired and out of that dark spot is an art museum. For centuries, artists have seen a vision in their imagination and then transformed that into a physical object. Lots of them were laughed at, misunderstood, or unappreciated. Yet, they continued. When Michelangelo saw the angel in a slab of marble, he chiseled until others could see it too. It wasn’t always easy, and it took lots of sacrifice and time – like when he spent 3 years on his back painting the Sistine Chapel.
So when I walk into that museum, discouraged that my next great vision isn’t appreciated by those I risked sharing it with, I can take heart and get back on the “I Think I Can” train tracks which will chug me up the mountain.
When you have a great idea and look to have others appreciate it, what do you do to re-energize yourself?