Happy Boxing Day!
After a family visit to Florida last week, I made it back to Portland late last night... and I'm eager to get going with the new year! Only 6 days remain in 2016, at least according to my calendar. I am always amazed when the end of December approaches.
In some ways for me, this particular year couldn’t end soon enough. But I’ve also tried to stay positive wherever possible. A new year brings new opportunities. I hope that you (and I) do everything you can to use them well.
As for me, I’ve finished my Annual Review (read it here). I've been working behind the scenes on something big for the past five months, and it all starts on January 1—expect more news on that next week, or follow me on Instagram for the first announcement in a couple of days.
*How about you—did you complete an Annual Review? What have you learned?
Lessons in Life, Work, & Travel
2016 Annual Review: Let's Look Forward to Big New Things! (Read More)
In this (very abbreviated) Annual Review series…
- Decide Now How You’ll Evaluate Yourself Next Year
- Why I’ve Resisted My Annual Review for the First Time in 10 Years
I’ve never really had writer’s block. I think it was Seth Godin who said something about how writing is the only profession where it’s acceptable to stop working because you can’t be “creative.” There’s no such thing as nurse’s block.
But … for much longer than usual, I didn’t know what to say about my review! I really didn’t.
One thing I know is that it’s important to pay attention to how things make you feel. If you look forward to something, that tells you something. If you dread something, or even if you just don’t feel that excited about it, that gives you other information.
Looking Back on 2016 (All in One Post!) (Read More)
I mentioned that I felt some resistance to this year’s review, so I ended up doing it differently. Not surprisingly, some things will be different about my recap process as well.
The biggest difference is that I’m pretty much entirely focused on the future at this point. I call it the review, but it’s much more of a forward-looking, goal-setting practice. I typically spend one day looking back and the rest planning ahead.
This time I didn’t even look back at all. It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realized I had spent the entire time only looking forward and working on my new project (more on that in a bit).
Ultimate 30 Day Challenge: One Man's Quest to Eat and Train Like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Read More)
One of the best things about embarking on a quest is that it helps you create new habits and change your routine. Sometimes, it even forces you into a new routine. For 30 days, Mark Webster went from “ordinary tech guy” to “following in The Rock’s fitness regime guy.”
At the end of 2015, I read Jesse Itzler’s Living with a Seal. Itzler wrote: “I felt like I was drifting on autopilot in my life. Wake up, go to work, go to the gym — repeat. I wanted to shake things up. I wanted to get better.” And that resonated with me.
Questions to Ask When the World Isn't Going Your Way (Read More)
Even on the path to your ideal world, things don’t always go the way you would like them to. All of us learn of bad news from time to time. The stock market will crash, or an expected job opportunity will disappear. Something that has always been easy suddenly becomes hard.
It happens all the time, and it helps to be prepared to deal with challenges before they arrive. Asking yourself the following questions will help you refocus and know how to move forward when something isn’t going the way you wish it was.
Limited Time: Get 60,000 Points (Worth at Least $750!) on the Best Small Business Card (Read More)
Great news! A huge 60,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus is back, on the very best all-around card for Small Business spending. These are very valuable (and flexible) points that can be used with many different airlines and hotels.
I have this card myself and use it every day, along with my Chase Sapphire Preferred. I put personal charges on Sapphire and business charges on Ink Plus. You don’t have to use the cards this way, though—since many people are self-employed or otherwise have some kind of small business, you can just list your name as the business name when applying.
To know when to give up on something, ask yourself two questions: 1) is it working, and 2) do you still like it?
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Your Life, Your Rules: The Journey Continues
“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
―Dwight D. Eisenhower
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