No, I am not talking about Obama 2012, but rather, sharing with you one of the most powerful approaches to problem solving that I know and use to this day. It’s useful across all aspects of life, not just filmmaking.
What is it?
The difference between “Yes we can IF…” and “No, we can’t because…”
This is much better than “the glass is always half full” thinking, and as an interesting aside, I saw a cute post on Facebook, scientifically documenting and proving that unequivocally the glass is always completely 100% full.
The “Yes we can IF…” answer offers possibilities and invites discussion, whereas, “No. We can’t because…” shuts down any exploration.
Think of this concept when answering this simple question about having wine at home with dinner. As you read this, feel the difference in the energy in the two answers…
“Honey, can we have wine with dinner?” Reply: “No! We can’t. We don’t have any wine.”
versus, “Honey, can we have wine with dinner?” Reply: “Yes we can… IF we can find a store nearby that sells wine.” Or… “Yes, IF we can borrow some from a neighbor…” Or “Yes, IF we go out to a restaurant.” Or… “Yes IF we buy a winery.” The possibilities are endless…
Which makes you feel better? Which opens possibility? Which closes it down?
The implications of using “Yes we can… IF” to answer extremely complex questions that you would normally say no to is profound…
“Can we land a rover on Mars?”… “Well… Yes we can… IF”
And so they did.
Keep this simple thing in mind as you go about your day, and I’d love to hear any suggestions you have about “ways of thinking” or positive approaches to effective problem solving.