As we are quickly approaching the new year, it’s often a time to reflect on the previous one.
What have we learnt ? What are we taking forward, and what are our hopes for 2017?
Important questions to answer, which can really help us focus and achieve more in the next 12 months.
What have we learnt.
Running a business can be hard – I’m sure a lot of you can relate. It’s lonely, it can be draining, but underneath the struggle hopefully you love what you do. If this year has taught me anything, it’s to truly respect what I do, and to do it with passion. I’m just finishing off a title called ‘Personal Best’ and it’s a fantastic book about how athletes overcame adversity to be the best they can be. In it, the author, Josh Black talks about Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) a Japanese concept meaning “a reason for being”. Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. This really struck a cord within me, as I know what I do – helping people become authors, and producing their book – is my Ikigai. My true purpose.
Understanding your true purpose – can be a powerful weapon when things get tough. It’s a reminder to not give up (another common trait these athletes have) and to find a true sense of fulfilment in your work. If you haven’t found your true purpose, then perhaps next year you can clarify your goals and dreams – and strive to reach your Ikigai.
What are we looking forward to?
Not only do I look forward to upcoming projects (and helping my clients become authors) but I’m going to be collaborating with two lovely people next year, and offering a new service. I can’t wait to share this, and I know it will help many people – news to come of this later in the New Year. I’m also looking forward to continual developing of my skills, and getting more new authors published. What are your dreams and ‘to do’s’ in 2017? If one of your ‘looking forward to’s’ is writing a book, then let me know if I can help. It’s easy when you have the right plans in place.
What are our hopes for 2017?
We can’t deny that this year – politically and globally – hasn’t been tough. There have been some big changes and I hope that next year sees a more concentrated shift in consciousness. We seem to be more ‘socially connected’ but lonelier than ever. We seem to be consuming more, but at a massive cost to the environment. I hope that the shift in helping others, being more responsible in terms of consumerism will all be more felt across the globe and that peace can be felt in places where it’s been missing. Paying it forward, an random act of kindness, or just being more helpful to our neighbours can make a big difference. It’s the little shift in thinking which can lead to more compassion, not only for others, but ourselves too. We are our own worst critics. Being kinder to ourselves can go a long way to being kind to others.
So, here is to a great and rewarding 2017! Enjoy the festivities of the holiday season, even if it means eating your sprouts and tolerating the noisy gifts your children love to play with (there is always one!) – and I’ll see you the other side.
P.S. If you are thinking about writing a book – the holidays are a great time to let your thoughts grow. Keep a note book handy, and jot down any thoughts you have. When you’re out of the ‘office’ – it’s amazong what ideas will pop into your head. Then get in touch – I’ll help you bring your dream alive 😉