Popular or Possibility…AH!
To define both from my point of view is that popular thinking is when you give up the chance of thinking for yourself, because you already accept all that has been said to you. However, with possibility thinking you know within you that evolution can take place. Evolution, according to the Webster’s New World Dictionary, is an unfolding; process of development or change. In regards to possibility and popular thinking, where are you? If you think it is possible, it is possible! However, if you think in the line of the popular thinker you are often reluctant to change. It was Golda Meir who said, “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement,” and Clara Barton said, “I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” What those authors stated are directly along the line of possibility thinking.
If you have been one of the people who think you have to see it to believe it, Stop! The truth is believing, then seeing. Back in high school I would go with the status quo and indulge in the popular thinking that I would never become much, but within me there was another voice telling me that it was possible for me to get a scholarship to the States. However, it didn’t happen at that time and for a moment in my life I thought I was about to lose it. I would walk back and forth on the streets thinking what next and each time I would recall what the teachers have said about the importance of paying attention. Not to mention I failed all my subjects, and to be honest the next best think, in regards to popular thinking was to “HUSTLE”. I had the intention to, but I was saved by the bell. Well not a literal bell, but my athletic prowess paid off. Although it was for a scholarship, it was also an avenue to see myself in a different light. The national youth service was the starting point for my transition. I became a teacher’s aide, then went to college. I want to say this, I have friends who were better than me athletically, but they went into the mode of the popular thinking and missed out on their opportunities. I am a good athlete, but to me it was because of my possibility thinking that I got the scholarship to the States six years after I thought it was possible.
I want to tell you about a friend I have. His name is Dane Hyatt, and he is a great example of possibility thinking. We both were police officers in Jamaica and both of us wanted to run fast enough to get a scholarship to study overseas. Hyatt wanted to run for the country and went to trials in 2006. He was eliminated in the first round. That year he ran 49.+ and no one saw him as a prospect to compete at the professional level. He went back again and that time got eliminated in the second round. He always wanted to go to the Olympics and represent the country, and despite him losing at the national trials, he kept the belief that it was possible for him to represent the Country in the Olympics. He knew then he couldn’t go with the popular thoughts but rather with the possibility of being successful. What happened six years after he lost to both younger and older athletes? He won the trials in 2012 and secured his spot on the Jamaican Olympic team. He said even when others doubted him, he knew it was possible to make it. Remember, possibility thinking draws opportunity and people to you. Whenever you open up yourself to possibility thinking you are open to more possibilities. It was Jean de La Fontaine who said, “Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” You have Usain Bolt who is a possibility thinker, where if he didn’t believe that the 200 meter record could be broken, the one before would still be there and people would still be thinking that it would never happen. I was one of those people who thought it was impossible to break that record. I was operating with my popular thinking cap. You have so many people who use the possibility thinking, people like the Wright brothers, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, George Locus, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr., Sam Walton, and Thomas Edison. You may have seen Nick Vujicic, the motivational speaker, and to tell you the truth, he is all about possibility thinking.
What possibility thinking does is give you the extra Umph to dream bigger dreams, increase other possibilities, and in the end, keep us from giving up. What you want to do is reinforce the belief of possibility thinking daily.