…sell lemonade then…

While studying for my master’s degree in positive psychology, I delved into the topic of resourcefulness. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to get to know Anne Kirketerp, a Danish psychologist who has conducted research in this field.

As an entrepreneur, resourcefulness is the foundation. Without resourcefulness, everything remains just an idea. You don’t have an organization supporting you, and you don’t experience the satisfaction of coming in on a Wednesday morning to find that something has been taken care of and accomplished. It would be like waving a magic wand and poof…

One element of resourcefulness is the lemonade principle: seizing unforeseen opportunities. “Embrace surprises that arise in uncertain situations by remaining flexible instead of being bound to what already exists” (Kirketerp).

So, if you suddenly have the opportunity to buy 200 kg of delicious, ripe lemons at a good price, then sell lemonade.

Of course, it’s also about finding a balance so that you don’t chase after everything that moves, otherwise, you’ll be buzzing around like a fly in a bottle.

So how do you know if an idea is worth pursuing? I strongly believe in gut feeling and intuition. However, there’s also the dry aspect of documentation. When you can provide evidence that an idea is good.

MINDstrain is a method for preventing and managing stress. Yes, it’s a highly competitive market – many are working with stress. So why choose the MINDstrain method? That’s a question we often receive. Just today, I discussed it with a large municipality where HR employees are interested in embarking on the MINDstrain journey with their organization.

Why specifically these lemons for making lemonade? Because we know the MINDstrain method works. We document the results for every coaching program we conduct. We don’t just believe the method works; we know it.

Let’s embrace surprises and uncertainty. The surprise that we can consider stress in a new way and the uncertainty of communicating about a familiar topic in a new way.

I’ve been through this process myself. I’ve conducted workshops on stress based on traditional approaches. I’ve embraced the surprise and uncertainty associated with doing something new. We need to do this to create new results. In this context, it’s about breaking the stress curve.

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