When I woke up that morning in April, I had a game-changing realization.
I realized that I was no closer to reaching the goal I’d set for myself about 3 and a half months earlier in January, which was to read 10 books – just 10 books – that year.
So, I asked myself this question: was it going to be ok for me to get to the end of that year, and in December feel the same way that I’d felt for the previous six years when I’d set that same goal and flunked on it?…
…Was it going to be ok to have that same sinking feeling – again?…
… Was that really going to be alright with me?
I swallowed hard and decided that no, it wasn’t. Bingo – it was finally painful enough for me to make a change 1
I also got that making this step could have an effect on many other areas of my life.
So, I made a small and subtle adjustment, and that December, I was feeling like a million dollars as I celebrated finishing my 23rd book that year!
Now, what’s your best guess? What was the subtle change that made the difference?
1In “Trust Your Aha! Moments, Experiment Show They’re Probably Right,” Frank Otto cites Dr. Carola Salvi of Northwestern University, who lead a study that tested the accuracy of guesses vs. insights: “The history of great discoveries is full of successful insight episodes, fostering a common belief that when people have an insightful thought, they are likely to be correct [Yet,] this belief has never been tested and may be a fallacy based on the tendency to report only positive cases and neglect insights that did not work. Our study tests the hypothesis that the confidence people often have about their insights is justified” (para 6). The research team, lead also by Dr. John Kounios, believe their research results validated that “in all kinds of personal and professional situations, when a person has a genuine, sudden insight, then the idea has to be taken seriously” (qtd. in Otto para 19). Similarly, while I had for years not achieved an annual reading goal, my realization that year that I wouldn’t be ok with not reaching it again hit me powerfully and suddenly.
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.