It is easier for me to say what I am not. Years ago I encountered a particular style of leadership and being the church that didn’t jive with me. It was easy to point out what I disagreed with, what I felt was wrong, and what I would not do. It was a breeze to communicate what I am I not. You can even get a small following to agree.
The difficult task is to move from the “here is what I am against” to the “here is what I am for!” Anyone can be a movie critic and say what was good or lousy about a movie and movie critics have their place in the industry. However, to make a movie and create something takes a whole lot more courage and hard work.
I heard Wayne Schmidt say,
“Nothing drains passion like cynicism.”
I have been pretty good at saying who I am not. I’ve been fairly comfortable communicating what I am against. The role of cynic has come easy for me.
But, I want to create. I want to contagiously bring energy, change, life, and passion. I desire to do the hard work of discovering and communicating what I am and what I am for. I have become a cynic about the comfort and power of cynicism.
So, what am I against?
How do you stay focused on creating rather than just merely critiquing?