There are zillions of articles and books written about goal setting and writing the goals down.
I personally don't fancy the word "Goal" ... it's ok for short term tactical stuff but when you want to make a transformational change, the word "Goal" lacks emotion and a deep burning desire that comes from your inner-self.
Dreams are powerful ... but most of our dreams, both personal and professional are buried under a massive heap of day to day stuff life throws at us.
So here is a question for you to ponder about ...
"If anything was possible, what is something insanely great that you can do with your life ?".
It will take some time for you to answer this question; weeks, days, months or even years. Once you find an answer, rather than writing it down, start talking about it to as many people as you can. You will find that, every time you speak to someone, your Dream will become clearer and clearer, and the magic of "Cosmic Energy" will start to guide you in unexplainable, random & strange ways towards your dream.
PS. I learned the term "Cosmic Energy" from a book called "Embracing Uncertainty" from Susan Jeffers. Great book to read if you are going through a huge change (planned or unplanned) in your life.
Just finished reading this great book by Cynthia Barton-Rabe. (Cindy)
She talks about how the weight of what an organization know, especially what they collectively know, holds them back and stifles innovation because of the GroupThink and ExpertThink syndromes. Words cannot explain how elated I was reading Cindy's research, because now I have published material to back-up and demonstrate two things.
1. There is a huge value for organizations to involve crazy guys like me if they want to foster a culture of innovation. (Thanks Cindy for coining the term "Zero Gravity Thinkers" - Now I use it this term a lot in my conversations).
2. The book is a great reference for my future clients to understand there is a method behind my madness.
Click Here to visit Cindy's website and read more about this fantastic book.
I had my 2nd V-Club (forum for innovative thinkers) meeting on Monday at NZTA Boardroom. I enjoyed it a lot more than my first V-Club session few months back.
Last time, I invited about 50 people and around 30 showed up. There were a number of short presentations around Innovation. It took lot of organization and I was really stressed out.
This time, I invited only 20 people and 10 people came to the session. There was only one topic, "Innovation Opportunities around the iPhone".
I showed few random You-Tube clips of some current applications and got a conversation going to spark few ideas. It was very satisfying to see a conversation flowing amongst a bunch of people that hardly knew each other, and few great ideas emerged from the discussion. Fantastic !!!
We try to get as many people as possible for gatherings and events. We feel that for an event to be successful, we need a lot of people to turn up.
For my future events, I will invite as less people as possible ... as a organizer and facilitator, it's less stressful but hell of a lot more enjoyable and productive.
PS. 20 Nov 2008. Just learned useful tip from Tom Peters. That is ... "If you think you are going to attract only few people for your event, then hold your meeting in a phone booth. It's great to have only standing room and people struggling to get in the door". Great tip ... Thanks Tom.