17 years ago, I was sitting at my desk, wondering what became of my career. I was miserable, in a job I hated.
It was one of those “oh woe is me” moments that could have easily turned into a full blown malaise.
And it surely would have, if on that day I hadn’t picked up a newspaper column by Tom Peters (one of my prime leadership influences). He wrote about changing your life, and how it could happen just by taking a single little step.
I wanted to change. I needed to change. I HAD to change. But how?
I remembered some advice an old teacher of mine had given me long before, but I had yet to act upon.
It was about “putting your dreams on paper“, and how by doing so it could truly change your life.
It seemed a bit silly to me when I first got this suggestion, but in this moment of despair I figured writing something down might just be that little step that Tom Peters was urging me to take in his column.
So I picked up my pen, and started to write. I outlined my dream -to be a leader, making a real difference for a business. I also noted the kind of leader I wanted to be.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, within a year I had a new job, and not too long after that, that dream I had put on paper came true. Every bit of it.
Was that just a coincidence? Would fate have blessed me this way even if I hadn’t wrote something down?
I don’t think so, and I’ll tell you why. Since then, I’ve seen so many other people make great things happen that same way – there’s something about the act of committing the dream to paper.
A great example to me is what I see every year at SOBCon, the conference I co-host with Liz Strauss. We encourage our attendees in much the same way that Tom Peters did with me 17 years ago – to take just a little step to change.
And to our great delight, so many of them have done just that by documenting their dreams, and then making them happen.
The little secret underlying all this is nothing more than setting an intent to change. Intent is everything. And for whatever reason, it can be more easily crystallized by getting it out of the brain and onto a page.
Hey, it worked wonders for me- you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it for yourself. Do it, and watch what happens!