Entering into a new year is very exciting for most of us, we are ready to forget our old habits and change our lives with a long list of boldly thought out new year’s resolutions. All good and well until we actually have to commit. I’m talking about the first Monday of the new year, did you go to the gym as planned? Did you stick to your budget in January? Change is hard and going into a new year with ambition actually requires effort. Careful planning and commitment to the cause are hygiene factors one often neglects.
I recently visited an art exhibition titled “The Art of the Brick” designed by Nathan Sawaya. It is one of the top 10 art exibitions in the world as rated by CNN. Among the many unbelievable artworks composed entirely of Lego blocks were quotations displayed on placards meant to inspire the public viewers. Something expected I suppose but a man once a professional attorney giving up his profession which he loved, to play with Lego for a living requires a fair amount of inspiration. “Dreams are built…one brick at a time” echoed through my head after witnessing a truly fascinating exposé on what I can only describe as a life altering experience.
An ordinary man decided to make a change, in fact embrace change and challenge conventional thinking to achieve something that no one else has achieved. Granted he is artistic, but not more talented than other sculptors. What sets him apart is his ability to manage his anxiety and embrace a massive change in his life. He is also able to recognise what his purpose in life is and what it will take to adapt to this change in order to be successful. Changes he made affected his life, his family and friends and his daily routine, which was all managed actively, not perfectly, but consistently focused upon.
Going into your new year, make a conscious decision to commit to the change you want to make within yourself. Dream big, construct a plan, stick to it 24/7 and brick by brick build the next master art work of your life.
According to Nathan, if you can think of it, you can build it. Now what is going to hold you back? That’s what I thought. Embrace change in 2015 and take charge of your career.
Claire Vogelpath-De Iongh, Managing Director, Vogelpath-De Iongh Recruitment Consultancy.