“We all get the exact same 365 days. The only difference is what we do with them.” ~ Hillary DePiano
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the festive holiday season. Time marches mercilessly on, and 2017 has arrived with the usual flurry of fireworks and fizz.
I’ve had a wonderful, whirlwind time with my family, especially since Emily and Ruby’s aunt, uncle and cousins were over from Connecticut between Christmas and New Year. It’s been a reminder of what’s truly important to me. I’ll probably share some of our travels and escapades in another post.
But to kick things off for 2017, in the time honoured tradition of taking stock of life – of scrutinising circumstances and getting in-tune with hopes, goals and dreams at the beginning of a new year – I have been scouring the web for some inspiration.
There are 7 particular articles which have inspired me and helped me to start 2017 as I mean to go on.
I’ve done away with resolutions. They set you up to fail. Last January I wrote two detailed posts (Part 1 & Part 2), on goal-setting.
The biggest achievement for me in 2016 was that I revolutionised my health and helped others to do the same. I started a new business focusing on elite health and I’m now on the right path and following its evolution.
This year I’m concentrating on themes, which will encompass all my goals and guide my decisions for 2017. My main themes are presence and productivity. By increasing presence I can be more productive than ever. It’s a tricky combination because if I focus too much on either theme at the expense of the other it could prove counter intuitive.
Presence will infuse every decision as awareness (or lack of), underpins all thoughts. Productivity has connotations with big business and bottom line, but when it’s achieved through a conscious work/life balance and not at the expense of health or other priorities, you can truly make the most of your time; however you spend it.
For instance, it takes time out of my busy schedule to play my violin, but it’s something I love doing, and after a violin practice my creativity is usually buzzing and I’m generally more productive. Productivity isn’t only working, it’s being able to enjoy and accomplish the activities and objectives that are meaningful to you…
I have big goals this year. It overwhelms me a bit, but I usually bite-off more than I can chew, so why change the habit of a lifetime? I need to feel inspired otherwise what’s it all for? I’m open and ready for new opportunities and spontaneous action!
I hope you can find some golden nuggets out of these 7 brilliant blog posts:
- You Will Not Be Denied — Develop Your Daily Inspirational Routine
- 7 Life Lessons from a Guy Who Can’t Move Anything but His Face
- Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives
- 3 Principles for 2017
- 9 Ways to Kick Ass and Conquer the World in 2017
- Buckle Up for a Reality check! 11 Things We Can’t Change This New Year
As always, at the start of a new year, I like to watch ‘The Pale Blue Dot’ by Carl Sagan:
I hope 2017 brings you much joy, health and success.
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~ C.S. Lewis