A dear friend of mine was telling me about a talk she recently attended that was given by a Nobel Laureate in Science. As you’d expect, the scientist was very intelligent, competent, and highly capable. He talked about how he and his colleagues did their due diligence with thinking through and planning their hypothesis, and how that resulted in them receiving grants from the government and other reputable sources. It was very clear that the Nobel Laureate and his colleagues were serious, highly qualified, accomplished scientists.
What stood out to her was how “clueless” this scientist and his colleagues were as they investigated their theory and it also stood out that the findings sometimes had no resemblance or bearing at all on the original hypothesis!
As the scientist talked, my friend realized the method that he and his colleagues used to prove or disprove their theory could be directly applied to her own life.
She realize it’s okay—and even normal—to be “clueless” as you strive to achieve your dreams!
In essence, here’s the method the scientists used—including how you can apply it to your life:
~The scientists paid attention to what interested and fascinated them. This formed a basis for formulating their hypothesis. This translates into “real life” as listening to the Still Small Voice and the urgings of your dreams and then choosing to follow where they lead.
~The scientists did the due diligence necessary to refine their hypothesis and planned out how they would substantiate it—the experiments and other activities they planned to conduct and the resources they’d need to carry these out. In “real life”, this is equivalent to planning the steps you’ll take and what you need to do to support these steps, such as gaining the needed knowledge, developing the necessary skills, scheduling the time needed to complete the steps, and the like.
~The scientists then performed the experiments, noted the results, drew conclusions, and reassessed to determine what changes and tweaks were needed—which oftentimes led them in a different direction than they’d originally thought. They then repeated this process until they were sure they proved or disproved their theory. The scientist and his colleagues were not surprised or upset by ending up with a different conclusion than the one they’d anticipated. This translates to you taking a step, evaluating what happened, making tweaks and changes as needed, taking another step then repeating this process until you reach your dreams, being open to achieving a different dream than your original one.
Your homework today is to follow the example of the Nobel Laureate scientist and his colleagues: Plan, take a step, evaluate, tweak—perhaps even changing direction—taking the next step, evaluate, tweak, take another step, and repeating this process until you reach your dreams, or something even better!
Today is the perfect day to review your week, note the tweaks that are needed to your plans and/or your idea, then mapping out the steps you’ll take in this upcoming week.
Also, today is the perfect day to celebrate the steps you took this week, no matter how small they may have been. All efforts matter and all of them make a difference! And, remember to invite your family and friends to celebrate with you!
You’re doing it; you’re making progress toward your dreams!
You are AWESOME!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
PS: My dear friend has a blog about finances called Decoding Your Dollars. Feel free to check it out by clicking here! Thanks!
PPS: In case the link doesn’t work, the web address of her blog is http://decodingyourdollars.wordpress.com/