A few weeks ago, Jack Kinsella asked me to write something short for his blog about 2010; my “highest productivity message” of sorts. Jack collected this piece along with seven others and posted it here:
Since I wanted to cross-post the snippet here for my readers, I waited a few weeks before doing so… since technically, I wrote this for Jack’s blog:
If I were to pick my most important message for 2010, it would boil down to one word which can set a tone for the year ahead: CHOICE. There’s a big difference between people who CHOOSE what they want their life to be about and people who let others – or their circumstances – decide for them. This “power of choice” is something each of us have – it’s part of our human nature – yet so few people make their own choices about who they want to be, how they want to contribute to the world, or what things matter most to them.
Many times this apathy is related to fear, lack of information, or ingrained limiting beliefs about their potential. Lack of information leads to fear of the unknown, which in turn leads to a victim mentality and an inability to see yourself for the person you could be… and so the cycle continues. The end result is someone who never chooses to take ACTION and instead justifies inaction through statements and behaviors motivated by fear (usually fear of humiliation). The key is to get out of that dangerous spiral by taking control of the fear and gathering as much information on the thing you’re most frightened of. People who LEARN and have experience with something are rarely afraid of it, and once they realize that the worst possible outcome isn’t that bad at all, light bulbs go off about what’s POSSIBLE for them.
That’s how you start to make choices and change your life one bit at a time. We all have the ability to influence the world around us and how we perceive our place within it. It starts with CHOOSING to do so (and a little work!)… so make 2010 the year you start making your own choices.
Check out the rest of the messages on Jack’s blog if you’re curious about what others chose as their 2010 message. Many of these names were new to me, though I’ve since started following them to see what else they write about!