We all need hope.
Hope is the food that feeds our spirit and our soul. Without the sustenance of hope, we cannot even dream. We, our families, our communities, our world are in a state of flux . . . a transition period fraught with challenges AND opportunity. That’s what change is all about.
Focus on hope for a moment. Consider what you are hoping for in your business or career. What are your personal hopes? Do you wonder what your life would look like if you got what you hope for? Close your eyes and picture it for just a moment. Dream it with me. Now, let’s make it happen. Let’s take that vision from hope to action.
There are only six steps to turn hope into action. The steps are easy to forget, and many of us stumble when it comes to some of the steps. I stumble over #3 quite a bit. I’ll admit that I’ve gotten to the point of liking my “child”, but sometimes it’s difficult to let her out. As you read this list, identify the items you believe you’ll stumble over and make plans to embrace them as part of your journey in turning hope into action.
- Strategic intelligence and intuition
The art of being strategic is to consider what could be. It is to ask questions until there are no more questions to ask. Yes, it is strategic intelligence AND strategic intuition. Trust your gut. Trust your inner voice.
- WHO are your stakeholders?
Make a list. The chances are that list will include your family or community members, co-workers, employees, employers, and customers? Consider not simply what they do and their profession or how they act, but what their generation is as well. That includes what they care about – their values, their dreams, and their hopes.
- Permission to play
Give everyone – yourself included, permission to play. There is a child inside each of us. Let them out, please.
What if we didn’t have rules? What if we could invent our future and our opportunities?
- Innovation and flexibility
I remind you of the child. As a child, we probably all were asked to draw something and color it. For most of us, one of those experiences was to draw a house. So, we drew a house, we added some grass and probably some flowers and then we added the sky. We probably included the sun. And if we colored the sun, purple, our teacher would say, oh, no, the sun is never purple. Well, what if the sun was purple. From an early age, we are taught to conform . . . to cease imagining what might be and only imagine what society and the rules say should be. So, if in your heart, your sun is purple, then color it purple!
It is a worldwide truth that relationships are built on connections. It is when we get outside of our silo or our sandbox and connect with others that we find like-minded people with other, perhaps weird ideas. Who knows, you may even find someone who believes the sun should be purple. People find partners when connections happen. Together they create hope. Sometimes it’s as simple as sharing a cup of coffee or a drink. Sometimes it occurs in a public restroom. (Not kidding; I recently got a new consulting client at a baseball game in a ladies room waiting line.) You never know where an opportunity for growth and change will occur.
And above all, give everyone time to connect with the change, and with each other.
A note from Rosealee: We are part of a global economy, and none of us is exempt from the web of international business. This is the second in a series of articles that originate from a keynote address on hope, opportunity, challenge, and change I was recently honored to present at an international business conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.