Have You Considered the Opposite? A Question for Reframing Excuses

Considering the opposite to get at the root cause of your excuses and complaints

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  1. Take an existing idea. It doesn’t have to be original or creative. For example, consider the idea of paid newsletters.
  2. Think about the opposite. Take a concept within the idea and flip the script. Paid newsletters -> Free newsletters. Paid newsletters (people pay to receive them) -> Pay out newsletters (people get paid to receive them).
  3. After flipping the concept, let the new idea wander in your mind. What connections can you make with other industries, sectors, businesses, and other ideas? For example, when I thought about pay out newsletters, I thought about the idea of charging spammers for sending out emails. Since spammers send millions of emails and the typical person only sends a few hundred, charging spammers a cent makes spamming cost-prohibitive, whereas it’s only a minor hindrance on the typical person sending a few hundred emails.

Have an excuse? Flip it

  • Why don’t you work out more? I don’t have the time.
  • Why don’t you do this specific workout? I don’t know how.
  • Why not write a book? I don’t know where to start.

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Author of Essential Habits. I write about personal development, work and managing your career. Connect with me at www.wangyip.ca

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Wang Yip

Author of Essential Habits. I write about personal development, work and managing your career. Connect with me at www.wangyip.ca