“Instead of worrying about success and failure, why not focus on being a contribution.”
In reading the Art of Possibility, by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander, I came across the concept of being a contribution. What, I wondered, would happen if I went into meetings not focused on “doing well,” but instead focused on being a contribution?
I experimented with this concept this week. Here are a few things I noticed:
- I was calm. I didn’t feel like I had to prove myself. Instead, I entered the room curious about the contribution I could make.
- I was open to letting the conversation flow. I didn’t feel like I had to be in charge.
- The energy in the room was one of collaboration and exploration and fun.
- I (and I think everyone else) left feeling energized and excited about the possibilities.
Being mindful of “being a contribution” has made it a fantastic week. It has led to really quality deliverables, new sales and amazing conversations. I invite you to consider how you can be a contribution during your interactions this week.
For more ideas on this topic, check out The Art of Possibility, by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander.