The light bulb has represented new ideas for as long as I can remember, and the concept probably started shortly after their invention. Do you struggle to find clarity in your ideas? Or perhaps you have trouble even coming up with ideas? It’s as if the bulb above your head has burnt out and needs replacing.
But sometimes, it’s not the bulb that’s the problem.
I’ve had a brake light out for a couple of weeks. Between late nights at work and a trip out of town, I simply never made the time to change it. Last night found me in Walmart picking up some things for my lovely wife, and I remembered to get a replacement bulb.
About two seconds into the installation process, the problem fixed itself. I didn’t need a new bulb. The one I had was perfectly good. The problem: something in the connection or wiring had come loose.
Inspired by my friends and fellow Free Agent Academy professors, here are some tips on checking your connections and so you can deliver your full energy into your life, work and business:
- Who are You?
Personality profiles like the DISC and StrengthsFinder are incredible tools to help you understand your wiring. Deb Ingino can get you started at MyWiredStyle.com.
- What is Your Calling?
Zig Ziglar says that “God don’t make no junk”. If you don’t know why you’re here, figure it out. The desires of your heart are placed there by God. Learn more from my friend Gary Barkalow at TheNobleHeart.com.
- What Do You Do with an Idea?
Most of our ideas aren’t great. Filtering out the best from the rest is critical to finding success. Jonathan Pool has great exercises to help you begin to tell your story and filter your ideas so that they are not only viable, but fit who you are and who you want to be. Find him online at JonathanPool.net.
Only you can fix your wiring and turn your lights on. Enlisting some help along the way will simply make the journey quicker, easier and more fun.
Note: This article originally appeared in September 2010 issue of the Tri-City Review.