The ‘Yes And Act’ Manifesto is a declaration how we see a world where creativity can flourish.
YES stands for positive thinking and suspending judgement. The self-full filling prophecy is working stronger than ever and if you limit your own thoughts then you’re creating your own limited reality. If you don’t believe 200% in your own ideas, why should anybody else believe in them? So dare to think big … no even bigger. Because if you shoot for the moon and you miss, you will still land among the stars
[Les Brown]. Avoid the trap of mediocrity – this is the situation where you want to go for your passion but some less desirable option comes along and you take it. Be positive and look how you can transform a problem into an opportunity. Sometimes, just looking at the same situation from a different perspective is already enough to establish a mindshift. Next to the big dreams, it’s important to suspend judgement about change. We – human beings – don’t like a lot of change and your mind will instantly come up with all kind of reasons why the status quo is better (like no time, no budget, too difficult). And if your mind doesn’t come up with these ideakillers then you can be sure that the people in your environment will bring them on.
ACT is the most difficult part of the manifesto. It’s about getting into action and experiment a lot with different solutions. If you’re doing things in the domain of innovation and change, there’s no certainty. Nobody knows if a certain solution will work or not and there’s only one way to find out: do it. And you will come across a lot of nearlings (a nearling is a positive word for something new that was done with the right intentions, which has not – yet – led to the right result). And that’s totally normal that things won’t work from the first time. Do you know a child that learned to drive a bike without falling one time? No, having nearlings is inherent connected to change and innovation. Make sure that you can fail fast, often and forward. Have guts to experiment and remember that it’s easier to ask forgiveness than it’s to ask permission. Success in the long run is for the people who show up in the arena everyday. Those are the people who work very hard everyday and who try new things. And sometimes it works and other times, it doesn’t work but they learn something new every day. So step outside (your comfort zone) and experiment. Take a first small step to see if you’re going in the right direction.
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