2017 Expectation, 2016 Reflection
I have a great sense of expectation for 2017. The themes that come to mind are change, ploughing and sowing seed in new fields for the years to come AND reaping significant harvests from dormant fields planted over the last 10 years, patiently awaiting the harvest conditions of 2017.
2016 has been a different year, different but good. I know there’s a whole crowd who are keen to see the back of 2016. Celebrity death lists have featured in newsfeed over the last few days. I’ve been reflecting on the year and ‘different but good’ are the words that keep coming to mind. It was good, it wasn’t great. 2016 wasn’t a highlight of my life year… but many good things happened, things I didn’t expect. It feels like a transitional year, the kind that life brings to move you between seasons.
I wanted to leave you with this insight from my 2016 reflections.
You’ve got to understand your own ‘WHY’.
How have you spent your time in 2016? Why are you doing what you have been doing in 2016? Why do you spend your time on the activities you spend your time on?
When you are faced with adversity, you need to have a clear understanding of WHY you are doing what you do. Without conviction that is grounded in an understanding of WHY you do what you do, your resolve can get lost during the battles that are inevitable in this life. I’ve had a few situations this year that caused me to clarify and lean on my personal WHY. This experience was really freeing. Understanding WHY you do what you do will keep your heart uncluttered and your resolve strengthened, during times of complexity and adversity.
Maybe over the next 7 days, take some time to consider how you want to invest your time in 2017. What are your priorities for 2017? Can these priorities be defined in goal form?
For each of your time priorities and goals, ask yourself these simple questions:
Why am I doing this?
If I was faced with adversity and complexity while doing this, what conviction, (my WHY) would enable me to keep going?
How would I measure a successful return on my time investments for 2017?
Based on the above, what priorities and goals do I need to keep, discard or change?
So once again, I have a great sense of expectation for 2017. The themes that come to mind are change, ploughing and sowing seed in new fields for the years to come AND reaping significant harvests from dormant fields planted over the last 10 years, patiently awaiting the harvest conditions of 2017.
Happy New Year Friends. May 2017 be filled with purpose, growth and a plentiful harvest in your fields.