Nietzsche, the dead German that made the famous comment about “he who has a why,” has another famous quote that is worth recalling. As he reflected in his 1878 book Human, All Too Human:
“All great artists and thinkers are great workers, indefatigable not only in inventing, but also in rejecting, sifting, transforming, ordering.”
At BTL, we believe one of the fundamental rejections required, if one’s aim is excellence, is the notion that our biggest problem is something in the system, or something out there. We believe our biggest problem is not a disconnected board member. Our biggest problem is not a problem child or even a cold hearted spouse or partner. Our biggest problem is not an underperforming CEO, COO, CFO, or CMO. Our biggest problem is not some recent run of bum luck, or the fact Trump’s first hundred days were fairly unremarkable.
Our biggest challenge is rejecting this notion that our biggest problem is someone or something out there. The undeniable truth is that I am my own worst enemy, a house divided who believes one thing and behaves another. And, because of my divided mind, I take way too long deciding on the big ones and seek compromise too quickly on the little ones. I am my biggest problem. Fact.
We humans are a house divided. Our challenge is to get busy building ourselves and getting to the root of internal conflict, first. As we become stronger within and begin to slowly align ourselves, the conflict within lessens. As we reject, sift, transform, and order within tirelessly, relentlessly, and indefatigably, our CORE does what it is supposed to do. We stand upright and as we do so begin to realize that standing is real strength. Standing when most run. Standing, when most are crawling for cover. Standing, when most are looking for someone to blame. Standing when most sit. We begin to taste oneness within and can now begin to build oneness with another. Oneness at home enables oneness at work and vice versa. Good.
Our biggest challenge in creating and authoring our masterpieces is, oftentimes, rejecting, first. Loss aversion is some powerful kinda motivator, remember. And rejecting some of our deeply held beliefs feels like the ultimate loss. Rejecting whats working for what might be some kinda magic, isn’t for the weak. Rejecting your tendency to sit, be passive, or worse yet, indifferent, and learning to stand is gonna take some training, some mental training. Rejecting chronic pain and accepting some acute stuff will not come easily, at least at first. You won’t get to the “next expression,” however, without rejecting, first.
Who knew that the creative process is as much about rejecting as it is about inventing? Who knew? You know who. God, help me reject the notion regarding what’s troubling me. God, help me realize my biggest problems are the ones of my own making. God, help me realize the next expression begins when I reject the comfort of the current one. God, give me the confidence and conviction to keep creating. God, help me keep learning especially from those most unlike me. God, help me keep rejecting and creating. Good…