Yesterday we talked about brainstorming ideas for handling the sticking points in our goals and resolutions. We reviewed a technique of Earl Nightingale’s where he encouraged people to list 25 ideas–and not to get up until those 25 ideas were written down! He said that the first few ideas were generally easy to get and it gradually gets harder until you reach number 18 or 20. Then the task seems impossible! But, he urged, if we stick it out, there’s pure gold in those ideas.
And, those ideas don’t have to be totally fresh and new. I’ve found that they are usually a combination of ideas I’ve already written down.
Now that you have your list of at least 25 ideas that you CAN implement, ask yourself one final question:
“What am I WILLING to do about these?”
Saying that you can do something is a totally different ballgame than saying you will do something.
Saying you can do a thing means that you are capable, you are competent; that you have the skills and knowledge or are confident that you can acquire these as you need them.
Saying you will do a thing takes it one step further. Not only are you saying that you are capable, you are competent, and that you have the skills and knowledge or are confident that you can acquire these as you need them, you are also giving your word that the thing will be done.
When you say you will do something, you are committing to do the thing.
Take your list of ideas that you came up with yesterday and think about which ones you’re willing to do right now–or in the near future, meaning the next week or month.
You don’t have to commit to all the ideas, just one or two that will take you through the next few steps.
You can do this, I am sure of it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,