A Fresh New Year – Let’s Keep it Simple

A Fresh New Year – Let’s Keep it Simple

 

On Keeping the Faith

Many of my valuable, long-standing clients have encouraged me to add a blog to my website and share my interesting take on life. Perhaps to write about some of the common or more unusual errors I come across in my line of work, and to express my outlier opinion on life in general. I agreed with them, and I’ll be posting fresh and thought-provoking content every Monday morning.

These clients have such confidence in me and my abilities they have cultivated my own faith in myself and in doing so have inspired me to pay it forward. We all need a healthy dose of belief in ourselves and in other people so let me start off this new, fresh year with enough faith for everyone.

Will You Get it Right This Year?

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At this time of year many of us are excited about the prospect of a brand new 365 days of promise and potential.

How do we keep that feeling for the entire year? By February many of us are over it and continuing on down the same road as last year and the year before that.

I say ditch that long list of resolutions, it’s a set-up for failure. You know yourself, and you know you won’t do half the things you say you’re going to do. Don’t make it harder to live with yourself by failing to live up to your own high standards, after all, everywhere you go, there you are. There’s just one thing we all need to do this year. Read on to find out what it is.

In the last few years there has been a definite shift in the way we are connecting with each other and sharing our knowledge and experiences. Social media engagement is at an all-time high and I’d like to think that our collective consciousness and awareness has come along for the ride.

So what is it we should resolve to do for ourselves in 2014? Many of us spend far too much time doing things for which we have no passion, for people we wouldn’t ordinarily give the time of day to, all in the name of “making a living”. The word “living” in that last phrase should be the first clue.

We all have at least one thing we are really good at it, one special talent that we do better than 99% of the population. When we are engaged in this activity the time flies by and we don’t feel like we are working at all. We do this “thing” very well because we enjoy it, or perhaps it is because we enjoy it that we do it very well. Either way that is our second clue.

Life is too short and too precious for us to be making a living doing something we either don’t like or aren’t good at, or worse, both.

There is busyness and then there is productive work. So many of us spend our days being busy but not productive and have little to show for it at the end of the day.

We must find our unique talents and share them. The world needs our special gifts, those things which no one can do the way we can do them. Keeping them from the rest of the world borders on selfish and irresponsible, for everyone involved. Once you start to do what you really love you’ll notice an excellent side-effect. Those resolutions you ditched earlier will now be a lot less challenging.

On a final note, while I’m a great advocate of doing what you love we also need to strike a balance and do what we dislike regularly. No one likes doing the dishes, paying bills, mowing the lawn or washing the car. These things, along with all those other annoying jobs no one likes, maintain our lifestyle. But if we’re doing what we love to create that lifestyle then those maintenance chores become much easier and more bearable. Besides, it can be very therapeutic and brings a feeling of accomplishment. As the folks at Nike say, Just Do It!

So to everyone reading this, whether they are in the northern hemisphere experiencing winter or, like me, down in the southern hemisphere where every day feels like summer, may you all find your passion and your “you” gifts this new year and share them with all of us. Don’t wait until someone else does it, they may be waiting until you do it. Take the lead and show the world what it is you’re really made of.

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Wishing everyone a happy and productive New Year and remember to always

Keep the Faith

 

 

 


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