“If you don’t have a vision, you’re in trouble.”
~ Angus Buchan
Remember the Seinfeld episode where George decides to go against everything he’s ever done and do the opposite? Sitting in their familiar booth at the diner, George complains to Elaine and Jerry that every decision he’s ever made has been wrong.
“My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be.” He said. Which of course gives Jerry an idea. He tells George from now on he ought to ignore his instincts and do the opposite. To test the theory, George decides to approach an attractive woman in the restaurant who just moments before threw an inviting glance his way. Newly emboldened, George walks right up to her. “Excuse me,” he nervously begins, “I couldn’t help but notice you looking in my direction. My name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.” The pretty blonde – obviously turned on by his honesty – flashes a huge smile and replies, “I’m Victoria, Hi.”
George had a game plan. We need one too.
Honestly, I’ve lived almost five decades without a real game plan. Maybe you have too. It’s time to get one. If you feel like George, you’re not alone. We’re all guilty of doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. And while we wait for the “perfect” circumstances, our book remains unfinished – our promise unfulfilled.
Maybe Jerry’s advice is genius. Maybe we should do the opposite. Instead of asking, “What if it doesn’t work out?” Maybe it’s time to ask, “What if it does?” We’ve got one shot at this thing – one shot to make it count. Let’s stand up and approach the pretty blonde.
It worked for George.