In the words of Plato, “For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. ” Whatever excellence you desire requires two things: discipline and encouragement. The same is true for creativity and innovation. You and I have witnessed great ideas amount to nothing because the teams working on them didn’t encourage themselves and they lacked discipline on the journey. How do I know that these two matter?
About two years ago I got in touch with Henry who has been a great encouragement on the journey of creativity and innovation. Prior to meeting him, I had the partially developed the discipline of thought and creation but not to the extent I wanted: He and I meet for two hours weekly or bi-weekly depending on the circumstances to build on the discipline of creative thought and assess where each of us stands in terms of developing the ideas into services or products. We also use this time to encourage each other to never quit.
What I am writing about is ancient wisdom. When Apostle Paul writes to the Hebrews he urges them to soldier on in regard to the journey of faith “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.
Paul is highlighting the foundation of learning from trailblazers. Who are you learning from regarding the subject of innovation?. You can’t go it alone- Learn from Trailblazers!
He also talks stripping down before run. Every time I am going on a run or engaging myself in developing a product, service, I have to concentrate on starting to do that particular thing. You have so many things to do and if you desire to develop innovations, you need to concentrate on it- where focus goes energy goes and where energy goes you get results. Focus!
The other thing I want to share is how you need to plan before you engage in any form of creativity and or innovation. Like Paul states, “let’s run the race that is set before us” Proper prior planning prevents Pitifully Poor Performance. If you have no end in mind any road will get you there and progress shall be hard to measure. I plan my thoughts and all the creative projects I am working on.
On this journey of innovation,, we need both encouragement and discipline.