The bridge that leads from where you are to where you want to be is an idea. You are literally one idea away from your dream. Ideas rule the world. Take a look around you. Everything that you can see was once an idea in someone’s mind. This means that everyone that was born on earth with a brain has what it takes to get from where they are to where they want to be.
The sad thing is that while everyone has a brain, not everyone has a functional brain. Not everyone uses their brain appropriately. Many people focus brain power on the past. This is where offence is remembered. It is where pain is relived and where stagnation sets in. The only purpose for remembering the past is to use the information to create a better future – not to live in the past. So many people are not able to get over the fact that they suffered certain experiences in their past. They literally live in their past and are victims. They are not victims of circumstances. They are victims of their ignorant use of their memory. When memory is used without a view of the future, stagnation happens. This short circuits the ability to generate ideas. You do not need ideas for your past. It’s gone and it’s over. You need ideas to deal with your future. You need ideas to turn negative or unfavorable events in your past to victories in your future. People whose brain power is focused on their past never get past their past. This works both for people who had a great past and for those who had a bad past. Overcoming your past is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. People who live in the past cannot get ideas for the future.
Rising from your past also has a way of sorting out your friends. Once you rise from your past and begin to walk in your future, you will know who your true friends are. There are people who want to keep you in your sorry past because it represents their advantage over you. Such people can never see anything good in you even when you have rebranded yourself and are living in a totally new future that you created through the use of a functional brain (which they lack) and the grace of a Divine hand (which they have no regard for). Anyone who relates with you based on your past does not deserve to have a role in your future. Destiny is not emotional. Not everyone who was significant in your past will feature in your future. When I was in primary school, my teachers were so significant. However as I progressed their significance began to diminish. I do appreciate them for the role they played, I appreciate them for teaching me to read and write but the truth is that by the time I was defending my Phd thesis, my primary school teacher was no longer relevant in my life.
The ability to overcome your past and to see your past with the eye of your future is the foundation that needs to be in place for ideas to flow. Ideas chart the way forward. Ideas show the potential. You need to get your mind to a state where ideas can be generated and one way to do this is to see your past with the eye of your future. The next way to do this is to engage your mind in new things. OF course the best way to do this is to read. Illiteracy is not the absence of schooling It is the absence of continuous education. When you do not continuously educate yourself by reading, you are laying the foundation for illiteracy. Think of it. A person who was skilled in the use of a typewriter but who did not learn how to use a computer is referred to as not being computer literate. In other words, where the computer is concerned they are illiterates. The purpose of schooling was to equip you for a life of continuous education. School was not an end. It was a means to an end. We can therefore say with all confidence as I have stated before in this column that the person who does not read has no advantage over the person who cannot read. Your brain is as functional as the last book you read. It is as functional as the last piece of information that challenged your mind.
Innovation does not exist in a vacuum. It is the ability to take many pieces of information and add them together into a mix that creates something outstanding. IF your brain has been subjected to a blockage of information then it has nothing to work with and so innovative ideas cannot flow. From the rubble of a million pieces of information, breakthrough ideas are born. The great challenge therefore is to ensure that the million pieces of information are fed into the brain. If you read ten books on a topic you will soon develop original ideas concerning that topic. Your brain will be fed the information it needs to go to work and before long, your mind will begin to generate its own innovative ideas about the topic.
If you do not give your brain material to process for your future all it will have is your past and this is why many people are caught in a cycle of their past. You can break that cycle today by interrupting its flow. Consciously engage your mind and challenge your brain with new information. Begin the process of getting the million pieces of information that will lead to your next big idea. Failure is not an option. In fact being second best is not an option. You have the potential to be the absolute best – the standard – the reference point. Every human being that was born has what it takes to be great. Stupidity is not an excuse. In fact, stupidity is a choice that people make when they fail to develop their minds. Stupidity is the byproduct of a frozen mind and minds are frozen by inactivity. They are frozen in the past because there is not enough engaging activity in the present to make the past irrelevant. This is why you will discover that some people are always talking about where they were, what they did and who they used to be. Your past has no inspirational value if you did not rise from it.
Finally you need to surround yourself with the right people. There are people that I call professional dream killers. They have no innovative ideas and they always criticize every new thing that comes out. They always see the negativity in the ideas. They have very active memories and they can give you the details of every idea that did not work. Anyone who will not constructively use the past with a view of the future does not deserve to be in your space.
An idea is like a baby. It should be nurtured and protected. Babies become generals. They become presidents. Babies become world changers. Your idea has the potential to change the world. Create an environment for it to be born and create an environment for it to be nurtured. Protect it from the murderous reach of people who are frozen in the past. Remember, you do not need ideas about the past. You need ideas about the future.
Every human beings brain has the same wiring. We all have the same brain shape, the same number of veins, and the same brain structure. The difference in the ability of our brains to deliver lies in what we have exposed it to. It operates like a computer. What you feed in is what you get out. If you feed it with the past, you get more of the past. If you feed it with new information, you get a different future. The choice is yours. You cannot go to a bank to withdraw money that you did not put there. Even when you have money there, if you take more than you have, your account will be in the red and even then there is a limit. Do yourself a favour and ensure that your brain is not in the red today!