As we all know, in the famous Dickens story “A Christmas Carol” Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by a gaggle of ghosts who run him through a series of dreamy time-travelling misadventures illustrating what life will look like if he doesn’t change his miserly ways… standard Christmas fare, right?
We also know that toward the end of the story Ebenezer wakes up, and realizes the whole terrifying experience was a dream – but having been “warned” about a terrible future that could be, he then goes about mending his ways to ensure the year ahead is full of happiness, joy and love for all those people who are important to him. Cue “Happy Ending” and… that’s a wrap!
I love this story for a couple of reasons: Not only is it a timeless classic, but in a lot of ways this idea is very similar to all the goal setting and making of New Years resolutions that goes on around this time each year, if you know what I mean. No? Here’s the skinny:
Around the end of December each year it seems that everyone is full of great intentions and ideas; they plan to lose weight, stop smoking, join a gym, visit their grandmother more often, etc. etc. But then as the year goes on – usually by week 3 of January – commitments tend to get broken, promises forgotten and many things generally slip slowly back to the way they were…
In other words, despite the best intentions and motivation on Dec 31st each year, the truth is that for most people things rarely change, and their lives stay exactly the same. Personally I think this is a shame, and more importantly: I also know it doesn’t have to be this way because of something learned at a live Tony Robbins seminar years ago.
The goal was to get participants to take “massive action” in order to make drastic changes in their lives – you know, changes like losing weight, stopping smoking, joining a gym, visiting granny, etc. Anyway, Tony used this story in a very powerful way to teach participants how NOT changing our ways (also known as giving up on our goals) can – over time – lead to massive unhappiness for not just us, but also for the people we love. In fact, he calls this technique “The Dickens Pattern”, and in just a moment you’ll understand why.
The purpose of “The Dickens Pattern” is to get us to look into the future – our own personal future – the exact same way the ghosts forced Scrooge to do in the story. It challenges us to see what our lives will look like in 5, 10 and even 20 years depending on whether or not we choose to honour our goals, and stick to our plans to achieve them. As you can imagine, the future one conjures up of having achieved goals is vastly different from the future filled with broken promises and commitments – actually, it’s quite a shocking experience.
If like me, you too are preparing for 2016 by getting in a “goal setting” mode this week, I think you will find “The Dickens Pattern” very, very helpful, so I’ve included it below as a You Tube video. At just over 8 minutes it’s quite a bit shorter than the full exercise we did at the seminar, but the idea certainly gets through.
The bottom line is that if you do give it a chance, I promise it will provide plenty of “push” towards inspiring you to achieve the goals that are truly important to you, and your family; in fact I truly this act will help you plan out and execute a truly remarkable and INCREDIBLE 2016… And seriously, how awesome is that? Pretty awesome, I promise!
Do this, and then on Dec 31st, 2016 when somebody asks you “What Did You Achieve This Past Year?” you can tell them…
Everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING. And it was AWESOME.
How sweet is that? I know, pretty frickin’ sweet.
So what are you waiting for? Here’s the audio; now get to it, and make 2016 your best year EVER.
Oh, and by the way; if you need a little help becoming uber-organized and productive, check out my friend Mike Vardy, The Productivityist – His blog is chock full of incredible and insightful ideas to do just that – I know, because he’s become my “go-to-guy” for all things productive and efficient these days. Do yourself a favour, and make sure you check out his site!
And with that, here’s to a happy and prosperous 2016 Everyone! Now go set some goals~!