Grab a Surfboard! // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

I’ve figured out the difference between good ideas and bad ideas!

Good ideas are the ones we create.  Bad ideas are the ones other people come up with and expect us to accept!

In other words, if it’s my idea — it’s grand!
If it’s your idea — it’s bland.

At least, that’s what we think!

“Nobody likes change,” said Mark Twain, “except a baby in dirty diapers.”  Maybe we should add, “unless it’s their idea!”

So, ho do you implement change in your family, community, church or workplace?

Start by listening!  Listen to other people’s good ideas and then agree with them!   Realize that you don’t have the corner on the insight market.

If you’re the ONLY one thinking something should be done, you are either a visionary or wrong.

If you are a visionary, then others will join the bandwagon before too long — and it will be their idea also.   It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t care who gets the credit.

If you are wrong, you will be trekking up the mountain alone.  As the old Chinese proverb says, “He that thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a hike.”

God’s ideas are always good ideas!  When we are inspired by faith and prayer to attempt something wonderful, other hearts will also be inspired.

I heard John Maxwell say that people never change until staying the same is too painful, or if the new idea is too wonderful to pass up.

Thus, we change when we hurt enough or dream enough.  I prefer dreaming over hurting!  Sometimes it takes both.

One thing is certain — you can change without growing, but you cannot grow without changing.

Life is all about change, and it doesn’t do much good to resist it.

When the waves of change are rolling, and they’re headed somewhere near your desired destination, grab a surf board and hang on!

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