Browsing Category Possibility

How to Kick 2016 in the Face

If you’re thinking about 2016, New Years Resolutions, and how to make the year great, I’ve got some news for you:

Doing the same thing won’t produce different results.

Every year it’s the same. We set resolutions. We break resolutions. We get to the end of the year and wonder what has happened.

And then we do it again.

Well it’s time to break the cycle. It’s time to kick 2016 where it hurts.

Here are a handful of ways: …

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How to Find Your Breaking Point

You know the saying about the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s used when things add up to more than a person can take. It often refers to negative events stacking up; inevitably there’s one that pushes things beyond capacity— “the straw”.

It’s when you reach the tipping point and just cannot take it any more.

Things fall apart.

I recently read about how our breaking point is further away than we usually predict. A helpful measure of your capacity for hard things is to know that when you reach the moment when you feel like you can’t take it any more, you’re only 40% done.

So when you feel like you can’t run another mile, you may have a few miles left. Or when life falls apart and you think you can’t go on, you likely have a lot more to give.

Here’s what this means for you…

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An Agile Approach to Life and Career Planning

You can’t plan your whole life out. It’s just not possible.

In his book Stumbling on Happiness, author Daniel Gilbert makes the point again and again that humans are consistently bad at predicting what will make us happy.

Isn’t that funny? We’re simply bad at anticipating in the present what we’ll want and what will make us happy in the future.

So even if you could plan out your entire life without any unexpected twists and turns, you’d have created a stagnant map to a moving target.

This is something I keep coming back to when it when it comes to career planning and your life’s work. For most people, your life’s work doesn’t change very much, but what will change is how you go about making that impact. You can say that your work is about helping people in a certain way, but you can’t necessarily be sure how you’ll go about doing that work 10 years from now.

Some of the difficulty in predicting and career planning is that at this moment you only know what’s possible at this very moment. Possibilities open and close in sets. What’s available and even imaginable to you right now is based on where you are and what you’ve been exposed to.

A recent study on successful entrepreneurs has shown that innovation is much more effective than market research and planning. In fact, they believe in the uncertainty of the future and know that they can’t predict it in any way.

Every step forward and every new experience opens another door into what you can imagine as possible.

There will be new possibilities available to you in the future that you can’t even imagine at this moment. How could you effectively plan for them?

You can’t.

The point of this work— of discovering more of what you have to give and the places that are most meaningful — is not to know every step of the journey, but to know the direction that you are made to travel…

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