I want to share something really interesting with you today, being the first day of the New Year and all. Two weeks ago, I was going through some old boxes for another iteration of giving away or throwing out stuff I didn’t need. I found my old academic awards, accomplishments, academic books and reference materials, and work-related certifications – and then donated or recycled it all. At this point in my life, I just feel they’re just empty bragging rights and things I don’t want to carry along with me as I vagabond.
However, amidst the piles of music certificates and Distributed Systems notes, I discovered a few sheets of stapled worksheets entitled “The Power of Momentum”. Way back at the beginning of 2008, one of my friends asked me to go with him to a Tony-Robbins spin-off seminar. It was free, highly-energetic, a bit cheesy as you would expect, but all done with good intentions (no up-selling).
Everyone was handed out some worksheets, and a highly-charged speaker quickly led us through his group’s process of achieving New Year’s Resolutions, and more importantly – goals. As you would expect with these types of seminars, every so often the speaker would lead everyone into loud, affirmative chants while getting us to stand up, cheer, and high-five around to keep the energy up. Again, it’s cheesy but why not?
Fast forwarding to two weeks back,