The busier life gets (or maybe, the older I get), the more I find great ideas slide through my fingers. This is probably because the best ideas pop up at the most inopportune times. Five minutes before I fall asleep, in the middle of a walk, or during school pick-up.
A good idea emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, and then klinks around in my mind for as little as a few seconds. If I don’t immediately capture the idea, it slides silently away. So now I try to dictate every interesting thought to the notes app on my phone, which is where I found this gem, ‘be present to possibility’.
I no longer remember where I saw these words or the background behind them, but with fresh eyes, I can see why I’m drawn to the phrase.
I understand ‘being present to possibility’ as a state of mind. I imagine having two brains in my head. One brain is absorbed in the immediate task, like talking to an attendee, planning a meeting, or reviewing the chat transcript from a session. The other brain is continually assessing what the first brain is doing. It wonders, is there a bigger idea here? Or is there a better or more impactful way to do this in the future? And what are the strategic implications?
Besides, being present to possibility has a nice ring to it 🙂