It’s the time of the year when we all think about what we are going to do differently. It’s also the time of the year when we really don’t believe we will or can change.
If we start with that mindset it’s not surprising that we don’t achieve what we say we want to. We don’t succeed, which reinforces our belief next time that it’s all impossible, and so on year after year.
There are all sorts of reasons to convince ourselves. I’m not clever enough, I don’t have enough time, enough money, I live in the wrong place, I never have any luck, I don’t know what to do.
That may be true, but you probably also know people who have less of these attributes than you, and yet they seem to achieve more. How do they do that?
That’s really the wrong question. It doesn’t matter how they’ve done what they have. It’s much more important to focus on what you want to achieve and how you are going to make it happen. But first of all, you have to believe that you can. The question is what can stop you?
When we were young children we didn’t worry about making mistakes. You didn’t take your first step, fall over and give up, did you? You didn’t think “I don’t know how to do this, I’m calling it a day. Crawling isn’t so bad, I’ll get by.”
As adults, we seem to have forgotten how to live from pure inspiration and keep going until we get where we want.
There are some things I am never going to achieve no matter how hard I try – score the winning goal in the World Cup final, play the headline set at Glastonbury. But I know, deep down these are not really my goals so I’m not going to do what it takes to get there.
I do know that I want to help as many people as possible to live their lives full of purpose and meaning. My responsibility at this time of the year is to work out how I can do that, but without imposing any artificial limits.
I would challenge you to do the same. What do you really, really want to accomplish this year? If we were talking on 31st December, what would have had to happen to make 2020 the best year of your life?
I’m a financial planner so you might expect me to talk about investments. However, living your best life has got nothing to do with having more money. It’s about finding a clear vision of what you want to achieve and building a plan to make it happen. That’s what we do at Serenity. We give you time and space to figure out what truly matters to you, help you work out how to get there, and make sure you do what you say you are going to do.
Call us and together we’ll make a brilliant 2020.