When things don’t go to plan…
Try as hard as we can to create projects or situations that meet certain criteria and timing, sometimes it just doesn’t work. It can get blocked or pulled from all directions. There could be the sense of being alone pushing large boulders up the mountain. Initially it may feel like a great challenge, however it soon becomes too hard and exhausting, and no one is enjoying it.
That is a good time to step back and take a breather. Let’s question the plan again…
Have you heard the saying, “Life isn’t happening to you, Life is happening for you”?
If Life is happening for you, let’s revisit the intention behind the plan. Did we lose track of it, or do we need to create something new?
Sound easy? Letting go of the old ideas or plan can be tricky, however it is better to let go of what wasn’t working, to move freely into the direction you do want to be going in. Whatever ideas are holding you to the old plan (fear of failure, fear of the unknown, etc) will need to stand aside for a while (if not longer!) so that the new plan can make itself known.
There are many stories of the best projects or plans resulting from a series of failures. Failures are the precious and frustrating stepping stones to wonderful discoveries and creations.
Failures are our gifts when we look at them as the stepping stones to our creative process.
Now its time for looking at what feels good for you and others on the team. What is your shared purpose – your ‘why’? What makes you feel good and what can you create in that space of shared purpose and feeling good?
My name is Kristi Shaw, and I am facilitating and developing Student Leadership Teams in high schools to address bullying for the Bullying: Not Our Future project. But really it is more than that… We are change makers. We are creating space for positive connections and belonging for healthy and fun relationships in environments that are safe and where we can all thrive. We are creating with a common purpose. Sometimes it can go pear-shaped, and sometimes it can be out of this world amazing.
We are in a Creative Process. Life is happening for us.