Leaders Must Learn To BOP! - Be Open To Progress
and problems are life forces that
may be seen as opportunities for
growth and advancement. Be
open to change as an opportunity
to create progress.
As Albert Einstein said, “In
the middle of difficulty lies
opportunity.” Acceptance evokes
our personal power to navigate
change and create progress.
Some transitions are welcomed
and some are not. Either way,
recognize that we are engaged in
a transition, and our attention is
Learning to BOP (Be Open to
Progress) helps. In bop music of
the 1940s, musical interaction
between the soloist and the
drummer was referred to as
“dropping bombs.” When the
world “drops bombs” and sends
its jazzy licks our way, we need
to feel we have bombs to drop as
well that will put us back in the
groove (or at least know where we
can find shelter).
Be ready, willing, and able to
improvise. We create our future
with our responses to change.
Interact with the change, get
intimate with it. We cannot
control what happens to us, but
we can control our reaction to
what happens to us. When we
open up to new experiences,
we discover potential in
ourselves we never knew we had.
Often, it takes more effort not
to do something than to do it. It
helps to be flexible in how we
view problems. We need to quit
burning up our energy in shooting
down ideas. Latch on to a couple
of ideas and go for it. Think “Yes,
I’ll do it” instead of “No, not me,” or
“This will not work.”
Invent your future by committing
to lifelong learning. Knowing
that change is coming and even
why we must change is not
enough; it helps to know how to
progress. Be ready for the world
and its endless opportunities for
progress. Learn what you need to
learn, and more.
Action steps often need time to
work. It’s important to give them
that time. However, we must also
be open-minded enough to know
when to use alternate approaches
and strategies to move forward.
Commit to progress, not to a
plan. Commit to action. Keep your
eyes, ears, mind, and heart open
for ways to progress.
Dean Lindsay, is the author of
Creating Progress In A World
Of Change. He is a powerful
keynote speaker and author of
the award-winning book, How To
Achieve Big PHAT Goals.
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