Michelangelo is often quoted as having said that inside every block of stone or marble dwells a beautiful statue; one need only remove the excess material to reveal the work of art within.

–    …….  all energies should be focused on chipping away at the stone, getting rid of whatever is in the way of each child’s developing skills, mastery, and self-expression.

When I think about the “remove excess materials to reveal the art within” or “getting rid of whatever is in the way”, it makes me wonder about the assumptions of this process.  If the goal is to remove whatever is in the way – then that becomes the focus, and attention is drawn to all the things that are getting in the way.  What we pay attention to, creates our reality. Even as I write that statement and think about the things that might be getting in my way of a accomplishing a goal – or really stepping into who I want to be, I feel a heaviness settle in to my head and shoulders that drain my energy, and for self preservation I divert my thinking to something else. I may not make any progress on accomplishing my goal or making changes but I have neutralized the anxiety associated with the perceived process.

This way of thinking is quite common and accepted because the perception is that this is a good way to “think things through”.  Think about the last time you heard someone talk about something they wished to accomplish – what were they focusing on?  Or for yourself, what did you consider the last time you were making a decision about making a change? Was it all the things that would not work for you? All the things that could go wrong?

It is important to be aware of what is getting in the way of making changes, but where it is positioned in our thinking is what can make the difference. If we start with the thinking that inside every block of stone or marble dwells a beautiful statue, then the feeling is more positive….. head and shoulder tension are replaced with a feeling of lightness and space for new thoughts becomes available

Zander and Zander call this the Art of Possibility  Check it out and let me know what you think!!