Happy festivities to you all!
It’s that time of year again. A time of celebration, good cheer, relaxation (as much as you can manage) and indulgence. It is also a time for reflection, review, restructuring and planning; both in your personal and professional life.
As we countdown in days to the end of the year, I urge you to do two things for yourself. These two things are: sift and shift.
When I say sift and shift, this is what I mean: sort, separate, remove and discard. In other words, look back at how your year has been. What has worked? What hasn’t? What would you do again? What would you improve upon? What would you remove? What would you discard completely? It’s time to take stock and choose what to reproduce and what to get rid of.
Every action you have ever taken is a result of the information you received and used. Whether directly, through experience or by observation. Your ability to get results is based on the fact that you received certain information and either used it ‘as is’ or adjusted it to some extent. It would therefore be reasonable to say that the logical way to plan for a better year is to be mindful of the kind of information you receive and use. One way I strongly suggest you do this, is to weigh all information that comes to you, against Sound values and your Purpose.
Sound values and purpose act in a sift and shift manner. Sound values sifts the information you receive; causing you to only retain useful and beneficial ones (just in case you are wondering why I call it sound values rather than just values. It’s because sound values are values that preserve resources without jeopardising your well being or the well being of others). While purpose shifts irrelevant or unsuitable information.
Information will always play a huge role in forming who you are and who you become. You are ultimately a result of the information you have taken in over the years and you’ll keep: evolving, stagnating, improving or declining as a result of the information you receive and use.
As you begin to make plans for the coming year, decide within yourself that you will only receive and use information that is in-line with sound values and your purpose. Below are some other practices that will be beneficial to you–and ultimately the people around you–in the coming year.
- Be a Planner.
- Maintain good character.
- Do not spread yourself too thin.
- ‘Travel’ light; for the one who travels light travels well (i.e. No baggage).
Have a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year!!!
Keep Leading right and Living light;