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keep-calm-and-invent-something-3I am excellent at execution. Give me a plan I believe in and I will make it happen no matter what. In fact, I pride myself on being able to get something done especially when it seems impossible (completing a Whole30 diet challenge while my kitchen was being remodeled is an example of this).

The trouble with being a great doer is that you’re always looking for someone else to plan the solution for you. So what do you do if you can’t find an iron-clad solution that’s guaranteed to work? What then?

Simple. Make it up.

Yeah, you heard me. INVENT something.

The truth is the fear of invention (or making things up) holds a lot of us back. But here’s the thing. The plan or method that you found on or page 25, paragraph 3 of the life handbook was also made up.

By someone. At some point.

It’s probably true that the creator had the right experience and knowledge in the particular area to come up with a good solution. And very likely, they tested it, validated it and improved it.

Still, it doesn’t change the fact that they invented it at one point in time to solve a particular problem. There was a point when it was just an inkling that grew into a great idea. And sometimes, that’s what you have to do.

The concept of ‘reinventing the wheel’ is not lost on me. True, there are tried and tested methods that work. Why not learn from someone else’s work and save yourself some time and effort?

But here’s the thing. That doesn’t always work.

Because it may not work for you. Processes and templates strive to achieve predictable, yet average results for the average person. That may not be the RIGHT solution. And it usually isn’t an awesome one.

Every client I have worked with over the past 5 years has at some point required a creative custom solution to deal with their unique challenge.

Individual traits and circumstances have to be taken into account. Making it up is not winging it. It’s being innovative.

So take a look at the tried and tested methods. See what has worked for other people. But really keep your eyes open, don’t just follow the steps. Think about what aspects you can take and build upon for yourself. And if there isn’t anything plausible out there, make it up.

Or someone else will.

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