TEXAS STRONG: THE POWER OF POSSIBILITY THINKING
Every quarter at FPG, we begin by bringing our team together for a “reset.” I give them a new theme and a fresh challenge. This quarter’s theme is to “Be the light,” and the challenge is to “See possibilities, not problems” no matter the circumstances around them.
At FPG, we believe everyone is “enough,” meaning the ability to thrive and rise above any circumstance is within everyone. But the message needs to be pushed from the top down, empowering employees to reach their goals even when life’s darkest clouds gather overhead. This is why people flocked to Houston in the hundreds towing boats to rescue stranded Houstonians in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Texans are choosing to dive into the possibility instead of wallowing in the problem. I was inspired to this challenge and theme from how Texans chose to band together and seek out the possibility instead of the problem.
Hurricane Harvey defies comparison in its scope. In U.S. history, there’s never been a rainfall event that dumped out more water. Ever. Over the course of the storm’s first five days, Harvey wrung out a year’s worth of annual rainfall over Houston. The more you think about that, the more staggering the reality appears. Streets flooded, homes were left underwater, billions of dollars in damage were left over in the storm’s wake. Houston was left with a rebuilding effort that could well take years to complete.
In the midst of the flooding during Harvey, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner was interviewed by NPR. Listen for the possibility and hope in this message.
“I’m a proud Houstonian. We’ve always dealt with challenges, and we’ve always risen to the occasion. This is simply another challenge that the city has faced. This is another challenge. But this is Houston. People are already going over and above to meet the needs that exist not only in our city but in the surrounding areas as well. I believe, strongly believe, that once we get past this moment, the city of Houston’s greatest days are pretty much in front of us and not behind us.”
Houston is in mourning, and it should be. Mourning is a part of the healing process. But the mourning period is not indefinite. Circumstances can dictate your feelings but should not shape your way of thinking. This is seeing the possibility through the problems.
There’s beauty in this because it perfectly embodies a growth mindset triumphing over a problem mindset. Turner realizes the gravity of the problem while also acknowledging that the city’s people have the ability to rise above it, to carve out their own positive path forward. He’s focusing on the possibility, not the problem.
And the exciting part? We have the free will to choose the possibility over the problem literally every time. To find out more about our standards and how we affect positive change in businesses, visit us here and drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you.