Revolution resolution

Its officially 2008.  Did you walk away from the cigarette, the Whopper and fries, the happy hours instead of the gym?  Are you committed to transforming your “business as usual” to bold new behavior and outcomes?  Really?

How about this prompt from a new IBM advertisement (and they have several killer ones lately): “Talking explores history.  Doing rewrites it.  Stop talking, start DOING.”  Yeah!   I can hear the roar of the revolution forming, approaching, no… charging!  Stand and fight or run?  Run to or run from?  What to do?

Are you up for this?

rev·o·lu·tion  /ˌ[rev-uh-loo-shuh n]: a sudden, complete or marked change in something. 

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, is on board.  He pokes us with: “imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.”  Jimbo is committed to rewriting history.  Are you?

Banish that incremental improvement stuff.  This is no time to inch along. Safe harbors are for the empty-souled.  What if you lived BOLD?  What if you lived Goethe’s “boldness has genius, power and magic in it” every day?  What could be? 

No mention of bold is complete without a dash of one of my favorite influences, Tom Peters.  For inspiration I opened up to this page in his uniquely brilliant book Reimagine:

          “Anything is possible.  Anything is likely.  Are you ready?  Change is coming, and coming fast.  One question that confronts every institution and every individual: Fight the change… or grab hold and enjoy the ride?  I say: Enjoy yourself!  It’s later than you think!” 

 All aboard the Bold-_ss Express! 

So I am dying to know, what part of history will you rewrite in 2008? 

3 Responses to “Revolution resolution”

  1. Francie Says:

    What part of history will I rewrite in 2008? Why rewrite when we can write something new?

    My bold thinking for 2008 is to recognize my limits, but not listen to people when they tell me I’m taking on too much – if it’s something I’ve thought about and decided to commit to, then I already know I can do it.

    My bold thinking is to continually reevaluate where I’m at, where I want to be, and how I’m on my way to getting there. Several years ago I read that the greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high, but rather that we aim too low and reach it. I have also been told, and very much believe, that if I have a strong enough “why,” I can endure nearly any “how.”

    Every year I have the same New Year’s resolution: to do one thing each month that I have never done before. This year I am adding on to it a little, at least six of these new experiences are going to be experiences that I might not have believed I could have. The first one is to run a marathon. Sure, I have never run a race in my life, not even a 5K, but I have committed myself to it, and know that I will. It’s fast approaching in late April, and, true, I can barely run 7 miles right now, but my goal is merely to make it from the start to the finish, and I know that I will. That’s a pretty bold *ss move for me, and one hell of a ride so far…

    What is everyone else taking on in 2008? And Sue, thanks for getting me thinking, just saying “bold *ss” motivates me to keep moving, especially now that everyone knows what I’ve got myself into!

  2. Sandra Koelle-Stewart Says:

    Francie, I’m inspired by you …. and I know it is possible, because I completed a marathon in 2006. I wasn’t a runner, either. You Go Girl!

    My thoughts went to an amazing poem I heard recited by a young SEI student just a few weeks ago in dedication to an amazing inspirational librarian who died too young. I want to share it as inspiration to put yourself out there, boldly, this year.

    One source has it that this poem came from a 1992 book by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love – Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles. I ca’t say, but here it is:

    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
    our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
    We ask ourselves,
    Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

    Actually, who are you not to be?
    You are a child of God.
    Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
    There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
    so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

    We were born to make manifest
    the glory of God that is within us.
    It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
    And as we let our own light shine,
    we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
    As we’re liberated from our own fear,
    our presence automatically liberates others.

    Peace.

  3. Jetta Smith Says:

    I resolve to be at peace, not just physically, but intuitively walk in what I know. I know that I have arranged, planned,researched,set goals and now it is time to rest and know deep inside, that everything I have done will be fruitful. Everything in good time, right? I will not be anxioius about the future because I believe that what comes to me is what is meant to be and I will be watchful and sieze the opportunity when it comes.

    Those of us that are extremely driven at sometime must rest and trust in the hard work we have done.

    I agree with what Marrianne Williamson said that, our deepest fear is we are powerful beyond measure. The fear that we will do everything right so that when success comes it will be so great that is scares the crap out of us.

    To not be fearful is a challenge. To rest can also be a challenge. This is what I resolve to do

    Sue, your mear existence is an inspiration. Thank you.

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