That was the assignment for one member at my last Toastmasters’ meeting. She literally had to stand up in front of us and talk for three minutes (unprepared) about a piece of paper.
I thought to myself, “Talk for three minutes about a piece of paper? Glad it’s not me.”
As I watched her scramble for something to say, I thought about the physical characteristics of a piece of paper, which she accurately described. It’s white, 8.5” x 11”, somewhat wrinkled, etc…
I ran out of thoughts after about 30 seconds. She did too.
As I was driving home that night, I thought about the piece of paper again. I’m not sure why. However, this time I thought about the possibilities of what you can do with a piece of paper. You can:
- Make a “to-do” list
- Write down a meaningful goal
- Write a thank-you note to a friend
- Write a speech
- Write an outline for a book
- Draw a picture
- Solve a problem
- Write a business plan
- Make a paper airplane
- Write a recipe
- Write a song
- Write a love note
- Make a sign
- Make a map
Those are a few ideas I came up with and I’m just scratching the surface. Next, I thought about what might happen if you did the things you wrote down on the piece of paper. Here are a few examples:
- Write down a meaningful goal –> Achieve a goal
- Write a thank-you note to a friend –> Make your friend smile
- Write a speech –> Inspire an audience
- Write an outline for a book –> Write the first chapter
- Write a love note –> Make someone feel loved
- Make a map –> Help someone find their way
- Make a “to-do” list –> Get more accomplished
- Make a paper airplane –> Entertain your kids for a few minutes : )
Achievement, inspiration, joy, and love start with an idea – which you can capture on a piece of paper. Think about the great businesses, speeches, books, and adventures that started with the stroke of a pen. Writing an idea down on a piece of paper is the first action step to make an idea possible. It’s the starting point.
If asked to describe something, most of us would start with the physical traits. The physical traits are limited. There’s only so much you can say about what something (or someone) looks like.
However, the possibilities are endless. You can talk for hours about the possibilities.
Next time you’re faced with something ordinary think about the possibilities. What could it become? Could it be the starting point to something greater? What is possible?
Abundance is in the possibilities.
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