How To Be Open To Serendipity + Why It Matters

"When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer — say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep — it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best, and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not, nor can I force them." -Mozart

In business, we generally feel that there is a certain path to take to achieve or goal or complete the project. There are steps and processes that have been put in place, which have proven to be successful time and time again, and we decide to follow those — almost blindly.

In order to continue to be marketable, the companies who came up with the processes merely upgrade to version 5.0 and convince us that they have been able to do a catch-all to account for any sort of evolution. How can this be possible when there are infinite possibilities?

It’s not that there isn’t anything to learn from those processes; it’s rather that those processes were derived at a certain point in time, and are based on a certain particular set of circumstances and people that came up with them. The more productive way to apply these would be to learn from history by reviewing them and seeing what things both are applicable now and resonate with you.

Believe it or not, half of what makes a project or initiative successful is that fact that the people involved are what we call “all-in.” They are fully invested in the success of the project: mind, body and spirit. They are not just going through the motions.

They believe in the initiative and they feel that they have contributed to the path to achieve it with their own personal touch. You will rarely see a successful project where the members of the team are just marking time or collecting a paycheck.

Think about all of the projects or things you have achieved that you consider successful. Did you follow a pre-determined roadmap to get there? Probably not.

Most of the time it is the path that hasn’t even shown itself that is the best one for us to take.

Many of us have taken the unconventional path that revealed itself to us, and that is what made all the difference. However, this path is usually not the one that appears with a bright flashing light above it that says, “The road to success — enter here.” This path is one that if you had really tried to plan things out, you probably would not have chosen.

This is where Serendipity usually comes in and shows her face. If you are open to and cognizant of serendipity, you can let in unlimited possibilities.

Serendipity is something that is not so easily defined. According to Wikipedia it is defined by “a fortuitous happenstance” or a “pleasant surprise.” I feel it goes to levels that are much deeper and unchartered than this. This definition implies that there is no rhyme or reason for it, that it is random, and it is positive.

But I think serendipity has a major component to it that is not found in any common definition — Energy. The energy associated with serendipity is one that comes from within and is not external.

It comes from within because all serendipitous events only happen after we have opened our minds to the possibility that things can be done another way and that perhaps the way that we had thought initially or even what we thought about the entire subject, may not be the right way.

If we do not open our minds to those possibilities, serendipity can never occur.

Excerpted from The OM Factor: A Woman's Spiritual Guide To Leadership by Alka Dhillon, SelectBooks. Copyright © 2015 by Alka Dhillon

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