Remember playing with Legos as a kid? Wow, you could build ANYTHING! The only constraints were your imagination and the number and type of blocks you had. And if you had enough of the first, the second was never really anything that could hold you back. As a child, I was designer and builder (and supreme ruler) of great cities and vast empires. There was nothing I couldn't accomplish with a nice box of Legos.
How about now? Do you still design and build and accomplish? Do you still see all of the possibilities as endless?
So we may not get out a box of colorful plastic blocks to accomplish something great, but we still have blocks and we still have accomplishments. What's getting in your way? Could it be the same things that got in your way as a kid are still haunting you as an adult?
The blocks don't fit the plan - remember when you'd get this really great kit of Legos and there might be one or two blocks missing (and you wouldn't find out until the most inopportune moment)? FRUSTRATING! We experience it often now, don't we? We have our great plans, but the resources aren't there for us to achieve them. Too often we give up. But why not solve it like we did when we were kids? Find a way around the gap. Borrow from another kit. Adjust. Write pointed letters to Legos Headquarters explaining the situation and then waiting weeks for the part to show up. But however we did it, we never let missing parts make us stop.
The plan doesn't fit the blocks - some of us have all the resources in the world, but we don't have any plans to tell us how to use them. Conversely, we may have aspirations of the building great empires, but only have the little 100-piece starter kit. So we may have to create (or adjust) our plans to fit what resources are available to us. Maybe we bring in our friends who have a different perspective to help us shape the direction of the activity. Perhaps we scale back our plans or expand our plans. Maybe we call a time-out and play with something else until an idea comes to us.
Annoying siblings and pets - who out there didn't have an annoying brother growing up? Sometimes, siblings and pets had a way of "taking away" things that didn't belong to them and messing up your grand designs of Lego-laden afternoon. So you'd have to go on a Homer-esque quest to conquer and retrieve. Now that we're adults, we still "let" others take things away from us. Sometimes it is something tangible like a project or a budget. Other times, the stolen accomplishment is less obvious but more serious. Things like our confidence or our self esteem or our vision or our inner compass get misplaced, and we must retrieve them if our accomplishments are to be achieved. How much fight do you have in you to search out your accomplishment?
We're starting a new week, folks. What's your accomplishment? Do your parts match your plan? Are you prepared to find what's missing and fight for it? Cool! NOW GO BUILD SOMETHING GREAT!