It’s another New Year. So what.
You have already looked at too many year-end reviews and predictions for 2016. The consensus seems to be that last year was bad everywhere and 2016 will be worse: more terrorist events and political stupidity, extreme weather and natural disasters, declining market values on all your investments and challenging economic conditions for every industry.
So if you cannot control the environment, what can you do differently this year? It is not enough to just try to stay out of the ditch.
A good general rule is to keep it simple. Focus on just two memorable accomplishments for the year – one personal, one professional. Richard Branson suggests that you refrain from making another to-do list, but work instead on your to-be list. It is more important who you are than what you do.
Work on making memories.
If you look back on 2015, how would you characterize the year? Personally and professionally what were the outstanding memories? Did they just happen or were they your intent? For me personally, it was the year of moving and settling into a new condo and professionally, we finally concluded the long and complicated process to sell a client’s business. Nothing that changed the world, but significant memories for people important to me.
So what will your memories be for 2016? My intent is make a first trip to Africa in an ambitious year of travel adventures and to advance the cause of enlightened entrepreneurship with more dedication to writing, coaching and advocacy.
Of course, more detail is required in the to-do lists and work plans, but I prefer to start with some simple objectives that are easy to remember without getting distracted by “other events”. I recommend the same approach to you.
Have a good year. Make it memorable.
Your Uncle Ralph,
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