Crisis produces innovation. Plato said in his best-known dialogue, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Crisis drives ordinary people to think and achieve extraordinary results. Most people will never take action and follow through until they experience an indispensable problem. Do you know that some people will never stop or reduce their eating habit until the Doctor tells them about a problem in their body system? When there is a crisis, it means there is a need for a change. This happens in families, communities, organizations, and nations.
Dr. Myles Munreo told a story about a single mother of three children who like to make cookies and give some to him. One day, she cried to him after she was fired from her job in a hotel. She sat in his office weeping and explained all her problems. She thought it was over. She was weeping with her last paycheck in her hand. After she had cried for a while, he asked her, “Have you finished?” She said, “Yes”. Then, he said, “Okay. You got fired. So, what is the problem?” She looked at him and responded, “What do you mean?” He looked straight into her eyes and said to her, “I am going to give you some advice. Do exactly what I say to you and I guarantee you that you will be glad you got fired.” She said, “Okay Pastor.”
Myles Munroe asked her, “Do you have an oven in your house and how many times do you use it in a week?” She said, “Yes and I use it once a week, every Sunday.” He first pointed out her nonproductive oven in the house for six days. He told her to go the grocery store, buy some flour, sugar, and other cookies’ ingredients. He then said, “Prepare the cookies and take it back to the hotel you worked and give everybody a free cookie.” She said, “What? Okay, Pastor.”
She went home, prepared the cookies and took the pack to the hotel. She distributed the cookie to everyone she saw, including the manager. When she returned back to him, she reported what she did and began to cry again. She said, “Why did you tell me to give it free? I have no money.” He told her, “The first one is always free.” She amazingly looked at him and explained what happened at the hotel. The manager of the hotel asked for a dozen, the housekeeper wanted two dozens, the bookkeeper wanted two dozens, and the bellman also wanted two dozens.” Then, he told her, “Put a price on them!” After the conversation, she left.
Three weeks later, she came to Church well dressed and told him that she had started being busy cooking and selling cookies. She said, “Now I have over 25 orders and my oven is too small. I am about to buy an industrial oven to meet demands.” Three months later, she got an industrial oven and started producing 25 dozen cookies every week. After six months, she hired three employees and after another twelve months, she had twenty-two employees in total. The cookie business turned to a million dollar company after two years. Can you imagine what she had that she never saw? Every problem is a business opportunity. Every crisis is the beginning of a new development. This young lady was sleeping on a million dollar company every day until crisis pushed her out of her comfort zone. Don’t wait until a crisis forces you to think. Think and be productive. Create something out of your gift and distribute it to the world. Start with what you have.
Seven Things You Must Do In Crisis
- Be At Peace: It is imperative to be at peace, be positive and pray as a citizen of Heaven on earth planet. Develop a strong believe and act your faith. Trust in God and don’t allow your situation to put you down. Watch your thoughts and don’t attempt to make a permanent decision in a temporary situation.
- Don’t Be Panic – Be sensitive: Captain Jack Sparrow said, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem”. Don’t just allow things to happen to you, happen to things. Attitude is more important than fact. How we react in every situation determines what comes out of it. When you find yourself in crisis, don’t be reactive, be proactive.
- Think and See: How you think shows up when something unexpected happens to you. Zig Ziglar once said, “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Don’t be stuck in crisis. Look around and ask and listen to God’s leading. Failure is an opportunity to start more intelligently. Think about your unrealized and untapped potentials. When you think and see differently, your eyes will open to your underperforming assets. Break them down into different components, and create something valuable. Revisit your waste places, think, repackage and redesign and relaunch your thoughts or ideas.
- Ask for Help: Everybody needs help. Sometimes you need to agree with yourself that you need help. When you find yourself helpless, ask. The right word from the right person can transform your life. A timely word of encouragement during a crisis is more important than an hour of praise after an achievement.
- Believe in Your Natural Skills: Most people’s problem is their formal education. They have been brainwashed and never listen to divine instructions. If you don’t position yourself according to your making, you will continue to struggle or succeed doing what you were never created to do. You don’t retire or get fired from your purpose. Living a purposeful life is divine.
- Decide to Rebuild: Decision determines destiny. You have to decide to make things happen and change your life. Talk to yourself and make a decision to create something. Then, create a new environment for yourself. Surround yourself with the right people (OQP – Only Quality People).
- Manage your Decision: After decision making, focus on decision management. Design a development plan and follow through. If you need to learn something new or ask for help, do it. Your decision will produce nothing if it is not managed. Management of decision requires doing what you need to do daily. Daily success accumulates to become an endorsed success.
Success begins when you recognize and use untapped potential and separate yourself from the crowd. Your gift makes you different and to live your uniqueness.
This is my point: Everyone has innovation spirit but the spirit of innovation must be discovered and developed. Think and do something. Don’t wait until crisis pushes you to innovate. Don’t let your potential be trapped in your wrong belief system. Think like a Lion and see like an Eagle. Think, innovate, distribute and live a life of abundance. When you create value from your gift and use them to solve other people’s problems, you will have influence and make money.