2010 – Time to Begin Again?
By Sheldon Nadeau
Well, here we are on the verge of yet another year, another decade, and with the New Year comes those infamous resolutions. Infamous because it seems resolutions are often dropped, even forgotten within a few days or a week, or maybe some will last a month. For many this year may be just another year due to the repeated occurrences of disappointment, setback, failure, defeat; plus, with each passing year and the mounting unfulfilled resolutions of New Years’ past, the very thought of a resolution may seem like going through the motion of creating yet another potential discouragement. Why even bother?
Here’s why. An indifferent, “do nothing” attitude is far worse than any potential setback or disappointment. Just think with each defeat, victory is that much closer. I am reminded of the Light Bulb. Why? Well, it has been extensively documented Thomas Edison failed many times before finally patenting the incandescent light bulb, and he describes his mindset about this passionate pursuit mired in defeat with this quote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” That mindset propelled Edison to arguably one of the greatest inventions of all time. That mindset can propel you to become a better you, and that is precisely why I have termed this method of goal setting as the Light Bulb Approach!
Here’s how it works.
Step 1 – What is your light bulb? Define your goal and be specific. Often failure is a result of a lack of clarity. As succinct as possible, write down a measurable goal that could include milestones.
Step 2 – Flip the switch. Turn around the negative attitude and begin looking on the bright side. In order for you to accomplish anything meaningful, it will take resolve and passion to stay positive and keep going.
Step 3 – Let your light shine. Tell others what you are planning to do, so they are not left in the dark. A goal that is held within is often a goal that is unfulfilled. By telling others you can be encouraged when your light begins to flicker.
Step 4 – Change your bulb, if necessary. Be flexible with your goal. It could be the bulb you picked out shines a little too bright or may even be too dull. As long as you are adaptive and measuring your pursuit, you will not run the risk of getting burned out.
Step 5 – Enlighten others. If what you are doing is working for you, then share your light with others, so they too can be encouraged by your accomplishment. This approach is not only about lighting up your own life, but about spreading the light to others.
Yes, 2010 is time to begin again. And, I challenge you to make this year one to remember, so it will be a building block for 2011.
About the author: Sheldon Nadeau is the co-founder of Challengefactor.com and independent associate for Isagenix. Being active and encouraging others to do the same is at the core of what drives him. For more about Isagenix, visit www.sheldon1.isagenix.com, and Challenge Factor, go to www.challengefactor.com.