The human body can adjust to any circumstance. In this Expert Insight Interview, Jessica Cox discusses how the human body overcomes the obstacles by shifting the mindset to limitless opportunities. She is also the first armless pilot ever in the aviation industry, for which she earned a Guinness World Records medal.
This interview discusses:
- The Possible Thinking
- The Obstacles
- The Strategy
The Art of Possible Thinking
An obstacle may seem impossible to overcome if we are focused on the thing that intimidates us. But no matter if the barrier is emotional or physical, if we set our mind right, we will find a way to overcome it. There is a way to tie your shoelaces with your feet. That example describes the concept of Possible Thinking, and it produced the phrase – to think outside the shoe.
The acronym SHOE stands for self-limiting beliefs, habits, overcomplication, and excuses, respectively. These things prevent us from thinking that everything is possible. We all have self-limiting beliefs from which we need to set ourselves free. Sometimes we set those beliefs on our own, and sometimes somebody else sets them for us, and we accept them. Also, all of us have a habit of doing things a certain way. Habit awareness is breaking away from the norm of how we do things and embracing new ways.
Overcomplication is something, that again, we put on ourselves. No matter if we overcomplicate things or we try to perfect them, in both cases, we are preventing ourselves from completing the task. It comes from the fear of failure, and it prevents us from taking a challenge. And most commonly, excuses such as not being able to afford or not having time for something are crucial for stopping us from taking a challenge.
The acronym THINK represents the strategy for tackling a challenge, and it stands for tearing up the challenge, hyphening awareness, insisting on finding a way, nonstop reinventing and kicking out the habit of excuses, respectively. Tearing up the challenge means breaking the challenge into smaller parts to make it easier for us to overcome it. Hyphening awareness represents the ability to be aware of the people and tools that are around you that can be useful. Nonstop reinventing or repurposing means becoming creative and reinventing the item to serve another purpose, instead of the intended one. And last, and probably the most important one, kicking out the excuses tells us to stop the habit of making excuses. If we succeed in limiting ourselves from making excuses, we can use our creativity to go so much further in life and to accomplish the things that we thought we couldn’t.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.