January 3, 2014 Leave a comment
With two young boys, it has been a thrill to be re-acquainted with one of the best children’s books of all-time. The famous refrain “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them Sam-I-am!” from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham rings true today as much as when the book was first printed on August 12, 1960.
Sam-I-am invites his “client” to a buffet of green eggs and ham and receives a clear, resounding “NO!” In total, Sam-I-am gets rejected 69 times. 69 TIMES?! Each rejection becomes only more emphatic than the preceding one. It is only after the grand 70th ask, that Sam-I-am convinces his “client” that green eggs and ham are exactly what he needs. Not only did Sam-I-am make the same ask 70 times over, but he also did it with flair – in boats, cars, trains, houses and even in the dark. Each new ask on the same theme (my “client” will like green eggs and ham) was presented in so many fun and interesting ways.
2014 is a new year and a time for looking forward. We make plans and resolutions, refine goals and think of ways to improve aspects of our professional lives. Whether it is elevating individual or group achievements, inspiring employees, getting a promotion or more interesting work, closing more business or exploring a new career even into retirement, there is always an opportunity to aspire to.
After several weeks of working towards these new goals, it will only be natural to encounter resistance. Prospects, clients, vendors, colleagues, subordinates and supervisors may not be as excited about your efforts as you are. The organizational dynamics, culture, social norms and ways of working may not easily accept change. This exact moment is where I challenge you to find your inner Sam-I am. Here are some ideas on how to find joy in resiliency, so you can achieve your goals in 2014: Read more of this post