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[AONC] Decide Now How You'll Evaluate Yourself Next Year

2016-12-12 18:19:49

The Art of Non-Conformity


I've been away for most of this week working on my Annual Review. What's that? Well, for the past 11 years I've followed a goal-setting process where I look back on the year that's ending and prepare for the next.

This time, some things are different—very different. First, I've felt some resistance to this year's process (read about that in yesterday's post if you'd like). Second, I'm preparing for a year of changing the way I work and what I create. I'll tell you more about that next week.

*How about you—will you be doing an Annual Review? What have you learned?

Lessons in Life, Work, & Travel

Why I've Resisted My Annual Review for the First Time in 10 Years (Read More)

I can trace whatever success I’ve had to instituting and diligently following the Annual Review practice. It’s helped me write books, travel to every country in the world, start various businesses, produce events for thousands of people, and so on. After feeling that my life wasn’t well-aligned, I recently added more categories focused on wellness and relationships—and that decision helped a lot too.

But for some reason, as this year’s review time rolled around, I felt some resistance to it. I didn’t look forward to it the way I always have in the past.

Decide Now How You'll Evaluate Yourself Next Year (Read More)

For the past 10 years, I’ve conducted an Annual Review each December to look back on the year and plan ahead for the next. During this time I set a number of goals in different categories of my life.

I’ve written about the review extensively on the blog, and over the years many people have completed it for themselves or adapted it in ther own way.

This year I’ll be doing something a bit different. The review is still relevant and very much part of my life, but I’ve felt for a couple years now that something about it needs to change.

Man Celebrates 60th Birthday by Running 525 Miles Across the Spanish Pyrenees (Read More)

To celebrate his sixtieth birthday, Andrew Townsend ran from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea: 525 miles across the Spanish Pyrenees climbing a total of 104,000 ft (4 Everests!) in 27 days. If that wasn’t enough, in 2015 he ran 8 marathons in 8 countries… in only 8 days!

Here’s a day in his life:

It was day eleven. I had already run 227 miles and climbed 49,000 feet, but I still wasn’t even halfway there. It was just after 5:00am, but I was already up despite not having an alarm set as my aches and pains provided the necessary wake up call I needed. After a quick shower and with teeth brushed, I was ready for the next onerous task of the day... trying to find some clean running gear.

If You Lost Everything Would You Look Back or Look Forward? (Read More)

I went to the hotel gym one morning while I was traveling. When I finished on the treadmill, I went back to the elevator to head down to my room… except there was just one problem. Yep, once again I’d forgotten my room number.

I spend 100+ nights a year in hotels and still haven’t perfected a system for remembering where I “live” on any given night. Sometimes I carry the little check-in envelope around in my pocket, and sometimes I take a photo of the door. But at least once every dozen nights, I start to walk back toward my room before realizing I have no idea where it is.

This time, I tried to retrace the steps that took me out of the room and to the gym. Was it 1406? I thought it was. It sounded like the right number.

A reminder from the "life is short" department.

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Your Life, Your Rules: The Journey Continues

I started writing The Art of Non-Conformity because I wanted to present alternative strategies for life, work, and travel.
More than eight years on, I’m still extremely excited to serve people interested in unconventional ideas. For everyone who's been reading for a while, you’re the reason I do this.
And if you’re new: WELCOME. You’re not alone out there. Don't stop believing! :)
To infinity and beyond,

P.S. Are we connected elsewhere? I post on my blog almost every day. You can also keep up with me on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter.

“Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.”
―Stephen Jay Gould

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