"Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination ..." - Mae Jemison
This week's Monday Mojo post focuses on being your best and allowing others to be theirs. The post is inspired by Mae Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut, becoming the first black woman to travel in space when she served as an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
"Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” - Mae Jemison
Our imagination creates dreams that can inspire us to take on any challenge. It is these same dreams that can sustain us in the tough times, and dark days, when nothing seems to be going our way.
How weird is it that these same imagination fuelled dreams that can drive us to greatness, are so fragile that they can be destroyed in an instant? Be it a raised eyebrow, an errant word of criticism or derisive laugh - nothing kills imagination like self-doubt and embarrassment.
Can you recall a time when you shared that precious idea or deep personal goal only to be put down, laughed at, or told "You're dreaming!" Sucks huh?
Have you ever done this to someone else? Not even unintentionally? Sometimes we don't fully appreciate how what we say, can impact others...
Now you can't control how others behave and act, but you can control your own feelings, behaviours and actions. You might remember from an earlier post we explored E + R = O which reminds us that how we respond drives the outcome we get.
Always remember, that when you get feedback - it's a gift. Say thank-you. Take it, use what you need from it and discard it. Feedback is never a bad thing, if you use it the right way to learn and improve.
On the other hand, if you have Mr or Ms Negative determined to rain on your parade and kill your dream with scepticism and put-downs. You don't have to take it. You don't have to accept it. You don't have to own it. Don't let other's limited imagination bring you down. You should never over invest time and energy responding to events and people that you cannot change or influence - if they don't get it, don't worry.
On the flip side, when someone shares their dreams and lets you into their imagination - don't judge; don't critique; don't doubt; and don't deride them. Be that encouraging, supportive person you would love to have in your camp that fuels your imagination and pushes you to dream bigger.
Our history is filled with amazing individuals who have changed the world by imagining a future that the rest of the world could not see. People who stared down their critics and pushed on regardless of the criticism, and in doing so brought the rest of the world along with them.
Maybe that person sharing their dream is about to change the world... or maybe you are ;-)
As Sir Isaac Newton said, "What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean."
Have a great week!