Innovation – There’s Got to Be a Better Way

There’s a better way to do things; but, if you don’t think about it, or look for it, you aren’t likely to find it. And why should we look for a better way of doing things? We shouldn’t, necessarily. But, if you do want to find a better way, you need to think about how you define the word “better,” how you want things to be better, and why you want them to be better. This is the key to making them that way.

Life is about moving. Albert Einstein said, “Nothing happens until something moves.” Conversely, if we didn’t move, nothing would happen. When we move, we are essentially, “changing from one place or location to another over time.” Life is about moving; moving is about change. Life = change. If you’re changing anyway, why not change for the better? Better or worse are your only choices; you can’t stay where you are forever.

At each step of our journey through life, we have a chance to stop and reflect. Some people call this, “checking-in with their life;” and others call it a “reality check.” Where am I; and where do I want to be? What am I doing, and why am I doing it? Is there an easier or better way to do this? No matter where you are along your life’s path, you aren’t at the end of it as long as you are alive. There are no “destinations” in life – only way-points. And there’s always another way – probably even a better way.

Finding a better way starts with a realization, or reality-check; but the next step requires you to imagine what it would be like if things were better. Many people screw this part up by thinking about how things are, or how they were, instead of how they would like them to be. If you want to find a better way, quit reminding yourself how difficult it is and start thinking of a better way. Start by imagining yourself how you’d like to be; and then start imagining ways that could happen. Before you know it, you’ll be getting more and more ideas that move you in that direction; and there are likely to be several “coincidences” that move things in your favor — assuming your outlook is a positive one.

There’s almost always a better way; and, if we keep looking for it, we are sure to find it. Ancient wisdom on the subject tells us: “Seek and you will find.” If you are looking for a better way, that’s what you need to be looking at in your experience, in your memories, and in your imagination. Whatever you place your attention on, or focus your energy on, will grow; so look at whatever good you can find. If you keep your mind on your problems, that’s all you’ll ever create for yourself.

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