Remember when the year 2000 was upon us and all the talk was about the Y2K bug, we’d posse up at the beach at Rottnest island in W.A with our four lemon ruskis, listening to silverchair bang out another hit and talk about how the world was about to fall apart.
Now we’re in the year 2017 and silverchair are long gone. Although check your back garden because Daniel Johns might be sleeping there.
As they say, sometimes the days are long but the years go quick.
This time of the year is an interesting one from a business perspective. At the end of 2016, I sat down one on one with each of my staff, talked through their year and tried to plant the seed in their mind, for them to think about their own vision and how we fit into that picture. I wanted my staff to spend at least 15 hours on their own over the break to reflect and realign themselves if necessary.
Unfortunately with multiple families, cousins, weird uncles and baby bambinos, this isn’t always possible, but it should be. You need to allocate time to yourself to think. Otherwise like that substitute teacher I had in year 9 for economics. It’ll bottle up and explode out of you all at once.
As I organise my late Jan/early Feb catch ups with my staff, one of the most important factors I’ll discuss with them is setting goals for 2018 and 2019, not 2017. We might have certain things we’d like to achieve, but the reality is this year sets up our next and so on. So when we look at setting personal and business goals in 2017 we need to remember that we are a titanic (minus Leo) readjusting our course. If we don’t continually readjust our course, sometime down the track we’ll realise that we’re in the Bermuda triangle and try to turn at right angles, hitting ice.
Remember the law of physics. For every action there is an opposite and equal force reaction. So when setting aims for this year, put in actions, things you want to do more of, rather than the result. Ie I’m currently learning Spanish. I don’t write down that I want to be able to say my name, talk in basic dialogue by October, because if I do 3 lessons a week, I might surpass that goal. So my aim is to do 3 one hour sessions of Spanish a week, that way I don’t limit myself.
So with an excessive number of events, it can be hard to look at the future whilst still enjoying the present but with the CrossFit Open coming up, multiple trail runs, the great ocean road marathon and chess boxing season starting, now is as good a time as ever to set this years goals into next years.
It’s the best way I’ve found to continually make sure you’re striving to improve yourself in all the areas that are important to you and not get that feeling that you’re stuck (not stuck like I was watching The Intern with my family on Boxing day) but stuck in the sense that you feel like you’re not growing as a human.