It’s about that time. With 2011 heaving its last heavy sigh, people are ready to commit, recommit, and become resolute in their goals. How do we find a way to make sure that our resolutions don’t end up in the resolution graveyard from years past? I don’t know if I have I have found the key to success, but I have found the key to failure and have thrown away the key.
1. Your Purpose May Change.
The Navy Pier, opened to the public in 1916, was supposed to be a huge freight terminal to encourage shipping on Lake Michigan. It never really served that particular purpose; but it has served as a training base, laboratory, school, and much more. Many of our gifts, talents, and education may have to be repurposed. That doesn’t mean they are not valuable, just better for a different purpose.
2. Prepare Yourself From the Inside Out.
Construction of the Navy Pier took 2 years, much of that time spent working on the inside. It is rewarding to have people reward you on outward success; but successful people know it’s the inside and behind-the-scenes work that make you sustainable. Whether that’s a lifestyle change or a business plan, work from the inside out.
3. Your Vision Never Really Changes, Your View Just Expands.
When construction of the Navy Pier began, the course of the city, the country, and even the world was beyond their vision. As history has changed, so has the vision for the Navy Pier. Remaining flexible will allow you to learn and be grateful for The Journey Itself. This will Allow the Miracle to Happen…
|Inside of Navy Pier, 1915|
|Daniel Schwen [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
|Navy Pier 2011, Chicago, IL|