Remember that as you move towards your goals, the feeling of being “stretched thin” often means you’re being prepped for the increasing exposure and an enlarged territory. As your audience & impact grows, your sphere of influenced stretches & it’s in that moment where you’ll find that Flexibility Matters.
All great things happen with extensive practice. Endurance is no different. It’s a practice: you must regularly withstand adversity in order to build up the strength to last through the toughest times. Sometimes the smallest things come with the biggest challenges. But to engineer endurance, keep pushing.
In a world where selfishness and poverty are rampant we are often manipulated into believing that giving less is more beneficial to us in the long run. We also place expectations on people as if they can be only smart, or attractive. Poor, or civilized. Or that affluence is a precursor to a stress free lifestyle. Or peace is afforded only to people unwilling to fight. None of that is further from the truth. Maintaining your peace despite disappointments, lowered expectations, and your personal vow to selflessness is a war. And no matter where you are in life, you can ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve. That’s what the engineering design process applied to life requires. Engineering life; means remembering that what you share with the world and the company you keep matters.
Engineer success by being fearless, engineer balance by recognizing the prerequisite to success is sacrifice, engineer hope through continuous positivity, and the best way to remain positive is to do as you wish and harm none. You don’t have to choose between being beautiful to the world and making the world beautiful.
Do It All!
Our brain’s evolution toward what some would say was “fearfulness” is referred to as the negativity bias. This bias will have you ruminating over the disappointments instead of strategizing for improvements. You’ll be inclined to beat yourself up for not knowing instead of being thankful for the lessons you learned on what (not) to do. That is the power of choice, free will, and positive thought replacement.
“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”
I mentioned it a bit in a previous post, related to giving student-learners the appropriate focus prior to throwing assignments and books at them. The concept and uses are based off work of Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner.
To Engineer Life we don’t want to escape, it has to be done in conjunction with the people that we share this life with. We have to be able to first become fully aware of our needs and desires; and, be able to effectively communicate that in an effort to understand whether people align or misalign with goals that have been set.
So, never hesitate to tell your story!