In 1935 an Austrian physicist named Erwin Schrodinger created a paradox, a thought experiment, in which he described an imaginary situation where a cat could be placed in a sealed box with a radioactive atom. The cat’s life was dependent on whether or not the atom decayed and emitted radioactive matter. Now that I have captured your attention, and you are absolutely fascinated, let me explain what this has to do with anything.
We are on the cusp of a new year, a traditional time to set new goals and ambitions, and at the same we tend to be a little realistic about what we might accomplish. By being realistic In essence, we are setting limits, boundaries and conditions at a time when we are trying to spread our wings; we are judging our ability to accomplish the things we want before we ever lift a finger.
Back to Schrodinger’s cat; we won’t know if the cat is alive or dead until we open the box, so until that time the cat can be perceived to be both alive and dead. In much the same way we won’t know if we can accomplish our goals until we do the thing we truly desire. Notice I didn’t say “try”. I said until we do the thing we truly desire. Only at that time will we have the input we need to see what worked or not and what adjustments we need to make. Only then will we know if the cat is alive or dead.
This is all theoretical; we don’t need cats and radioactive matter for our purposes. All we need is a set of goals, an understanding of why we want them, and then a plan of action to implement and accomplish them. If a coach will help then I would love to be that person…instead of a cat.
This is a wonderful time of year; the holidays, family, friends and parties. The last thing you may be thinking about is the new year and what you want to accomplish. However this is the perfect time to not only to start thinking about it, but to start planning.
If you are a goals oriented person with a lot of ambition and drive start now is the time to plan the year ahead. You don’t have to seclude yourself away for the remaining weeks of the year, just do a little each day. Make it simple, get a 2015 calendar and look at each month as a segment of your life.
What do you want to accomplish during each segment? If you have a major goal like opening a business or writing a book, you may determine that each month is a stepping stone to accomplishing the overall goal.
If opening a business is your goal, then you need to start making a list of what you need to do to accomplish this by the desired time. Then look at your calendar and start blocking out days and weeks so you can determine the time it will take you to be ready. If you are currently working or have many commitments, you might find less available time to accomplish your goal. That’s fine, just work within the limits you have to get the job done. Don’t use how busy you are as an excuse.
If you want to write a book, the average non-fiction book is around 60,000 words. That might seem overwhelming, but a page with one inch margins, double spaced has about 250 words. If you write 3 pages per day you can accomplish your goal in 2 ½ months.
You can do this for almost any goal you want; losing weight, purchasing a home, recording a cd, making new friends, having a loving relationship—but you must know what you want and why and when. Now is a good time to start. In fact it’s a great time to start. If you need help to begin or to plan or stay the course a coach can be an excellent investment. There are business coaches, marriage coaches, relationship coaches, college planning coaches, writing coaches, singing and music coaches, behavior modification coaches, just to name a few. I love to help people in business, so If I can help you just let me know. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
I had a great reminder this week just how powerful laughter can be. The last several weeks have seemed overwhelming, stress at work, horrible traffic on the roads, and transactions not working out the way I had hoped. Has that ever happened to you?
Sleep has not been coming easily, and I just felt buried in a mountain of obligations and I have been in a deep fog and I wasn’t sensing any relief in sight. Well, yesterday, by accident, I started to feel better.
Let me explain: I have satellite radio in my car like millions of other people, but usually I listen to music when I’m in the car. I love many types of music, but it’s always music. Yesterday when I was changing music categories I accidentaly clicked onto comedy.
Oh my God, I started laughing. I was listening to Jeff Foxworthy and Jeanne Robertson to name a few. Traffic was bad as usual, but I didn’t care because that meant I could sit in my car and laugh, and continued to laugh. Slowly, I started to feel the fog lift and my spirit rise. The tiredness I had been experiencing was dissipating and I was feeling better; all because I was laughing.
I just want to share this with you, if you are experiencing overwhelm or fear, or things just aren’t going your way, stop for a moment, break your pattern and find something funny and laugh. It can change your perspective, the way you feel and the way you move through life.