You don't want any of the following statements thought or voiced by yourself, colleagues, team members or anyone with expectations of a better tomorrow.
It is not lack of talent, resources or willpower we are talking about.
These are basic statements, innocently uttered in most cases, but with the power to stop a great idea from being executed.
1. "Nothing is wrong with the way things are."
Things might look great today, but will they be great tomorrow? Even some of the Fortune 500 corporations that were lauded by Jim Collins as "Built to Last" haven't lasted.
Remember Circuit City? Things, whatever they are, that are not changed - improved or discarded - as circumstances change, will relegate organizations to oblivion.
2. "It's impossible."
Why even bother if the idea doesn't seem impossible?
Ferdinand de Lesseps' idea of digging the Suez Canal was considered by the superpower of his time, Britain, as an impossible thought of a lunatic.
But faith, the illogical expectation of an outcome that is different from the way things are today, has its place in every aspect of human progress.
3. "Let's discuss it later."
Unfortunately, for gazillions of great ideas, later never comes. Other things take priority. Team dynamics change. Talents and resources are channeled to other avenues.
Even during the worst economic time since the Great Depression, many programs were initiated and are now thriving because they were not placed in the "discuss later" category.
4. "We tried that in the past and it failed."
There is a reason to try again, now that you know (and you should) why it didn't work. What failed in the past failed under different circumstances, probably with different skills, knowledge and tools.
Where is Thomas Edison when we need inspiration to try one more time? He is credited with trying more than 1,000 times before his light bulb experiment worked.
5. "It's expensive."
The lack of a dream or great idea is worse than the lack of material possessions. A boy who harnessed the wind and created a new source of energy for his rural community in Malawi came from a family that could not raise the less-than-$500-a-year needed to send him to high school.
6. "It has not been tried before."
Then it makes sense to try it now. Have you ever known the thrill and quiet fulfillment you experience when you are the pioneer of something that helps human endeavors? You owe it to yourself to venture into uncharted waters. Only individuals who left the shorelines of their villages experienced the thrill of new worlds.
7. "This is not the time."
In other words, people say, "I or we are not ready." Nothing gets individuals ready faster than starting to execute an idea. I tell aspiring speakers and writers that if they are waiting for a better time to start speaking or writing about causes they consider important, they are not speakers or writers but waiters. Unfortunately, tomorrow is not promised for waiters.
You will never know the outcome of any idea until you try it, and sometimes it requires trying more than once. You can take that last part of the sentence to the bank.