Set Those New Years Resolution Now

Set Those New Years Resolution Now

New Year, New Me, yes, no, maybe, WTF?

At a time when we most need encouragement, support, goals, dreams, visions, hope and the certainty that goes with routine, a plethora of self-help books have encouraged us not to make new year resolutions. The reason? We might break them. If like me the logic appears a little lacking, then take my hand and read on.

The beginning of each year is as literal as it is figurative. It is simply the next day or it is a symbolic day. It is another 24 hours or it is imbued with the magic of promise, of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. I choose the latter.

Whether you are a business or an individual you need purpose and direction in order to be engaged and fulfilled. The start of the year is the ideal time to do so.

Not only is it an opportunity to pause and reflect at what you’ve learned and who you’ve become but it allows you to build on those strengths and create the future you desire.

This is not complicated and it is necessary. I follow this process and I encourage all my mentees and companies to do the same.

"Whether you are a business or an individual you need purpose and direction in order to be engaged and fulfilled."

Firstly, call it what you will; ambitions, wishes, aspirations, dreams, hopes, ideals, intentions, designs, targets, goals, strategies, visions, choices, aims, objectives, purpose – choose one, anyone it doesn’t matter.

Secondly, define in your own terms what your resolutions mean for you. To me, they are simply a set of choices as to how I wish to spend my time over the next twelve months; what I want to do and as importantly what I do not want to waste my time doing.

Then keep it simple, no more than one page. But to get to the one page requires some thought. This is how I do it. 

Discovery – what is my reflected best self, what are my recent achievements that I am most proud of? 

Dream – what is my desired best future self? 

Design – what do I need to do in order to make my dream come true?

Let’s go, start by answering the following;

  1. Discovery
    • What do I love? [what activities cause me to lose track of time? What did I love doing as a child?]
    • What does the world need from me? [what three skills do I have that are in high demand? What can I teach others?]
    • What am I good at? [what parts of my current job come easily to me? What do people approach me for help with?]
    • What can I be paid for? [can I make a living doing this for a sustainable period? What do my competitors look like> is there a niche for me?]
    • What are my core values? [my soul]
    • What is my purpose? [my why, my heart, my Southern Cross]
    • What are my strengths?
    • What is my one line mission statement?
    • Finally, complete your own annual SWOT;
    • What are my current strengths?
    • What are my current weaknesses?
    • What are my current opportunities?
    • What are my current threats?
  1. Dream
    • List the following objectives I want to achieve in the following areas of my life:
    • Personal;
    • Professional;
    • Pastoral;
    • Psychological;
    • Physical
  1. Design

Use the SMART method:

    • Specific; make sure they are simple, unambiguous clear calls to action.
    • Measurable; use simple clearly defined metrics [qualitative or quantitative] to measure your progress.
    • Achievable; set yourself realistic goals including quick wins that allows you to experience success and thus reinforce your progress.
    • Relevant; this is not a wish list, it is a set of objectives you want to achieve in order to have a successful, fulfilled year.
    • Timebound; all successful plans have a clear timeframe that forces us to commit to a deadline.

Now that you have a list of objectives, list a comprehensive set of key results you need to do in order to achieve them.

I call them Objectives [underpinned by] Key results.

  1. Destiny

It is one thing to have a set of objectives but now you need to incorporate them into your personal DNA.

 I do this by considering the following:

    • I always accentuate the positive. Rather than entering into a scarcity spiral of “I’m giving up carbohydrates”, I approach it from a spiral of positive abundance by simply saying, “I’m looking forward to increasing my protein and fat intake to build lean muscle”.
    • Once I week a view the activities and relationships that give me energy. I increase those and ones like those creating more frequent peaks.
    • I look at the areas where I’m draining energy, I stop doing them.
    • In this way I increase my levels of positive energy frequently.
    • I journal daily
    • Every Friday afternoon I check in with myself and review my One Page Personal Plan. I reflect, celebrate, or add more resources to areas requiring it.
    • Success breeds success.

 

 

Now get up, dress up, and show up – the world is waiting for you to live your dreams with purpose.

The Renaissance is all around. Are you ready?

The Renaissance is all around. Are you ready?

Today is the Spring Equinox.

Around the world the hours of daylight and night are equal. It is a clear indication that the sun is moving south and summer with it. It is a time of change, optimism, growth and renewal. It is also time to move to Level One.

The Corona virus, whilst not yet over, is not the first nor is it the most devastating virus in history. On the 13thSeptember 2020 the World Health Organisation recorded 917 417 deaths caused by the Corona virus. The Black Death raged over four years from 1347-1350. It killed an estimated 200 million people. 

The plague destroyed Italian society and then transformed it. For the better. Florence’s recovery led to fundamental social, economic, cultural, political and religious transformation heralding the emergence of the Renaissance. 

Is it possible that in the aftermath of such destruction we may be on the cusp of a renaissance?

 

Yes. If we are awake and receptive to it.

I consult to a number of companies who are essential services. When Level 5 was announced, these companies had an option. Shut down or crack on. They chose, amidst the anxiety of the unknown, to crack on. 

On day one they implemented Covid-19 regulations. They found themselves dealing in ambiguity, uncertainty and with high levels of staff anxiety. 

They are pioneers and did what was needed to keep fragile wheels of what was left of the economy turning. 

Two of them are in agriculture and logistics. They needed to function and function efficiently keeping supply chains running. It is not overtly dramatic to say they fed us and kept us alive. Imagine if they were dysfunctional and failed us? Day after day they got up, dressed up, and showed up – yup in the very eye of a global pandemic. 

What interests me was what makes these companies different? What makes them resilient? What makes them Succesful? What makes them sustainable. And what is the nature of culture that drives them?

Firstly, they are owned and run by optimists. Leaders who trade in hope on a daily basis. They see every challenge as a blessing, as an opportunity they revel in solving, and in solving improving themselves and their business.

 

They have what I call the mindset of Abundant Possibility.

They share the following traits. They believe in the abundance of opportunity. They believe opportunities are everywhere. They are attuned to and awake to these possibilities. They are appreciative of who they are and what they have. They appreciate the value of themselves, others and their business. This appreciation leads to creativity in the broadest sense. A creativity that looks at the possibilities in the universe and how they can benefit from them. Their businesses constantly look to solve a problem for others by providing a product or service that is of use. This is how they make and create more – a cycle of abundance that is infinite. And they deliver. They deliver to themselves, their staff, their clients and their communities. They are a source of abundance. 

It’s the difference between saying, “what can I do for myself?” or “what can the government, my company, my family, my spouse, or anybody else do for me?” 

They are continually in a growth mindset using their strengths not only to perform but to transform. They are not victims, they are victors. They see themselves as succeeding, even against the odds. They do not blame others; not the competition, not the state, not the government – even when it is attractive to do so. They take full responsibility for their actions saying, “if you remove all the excuses in your life, you can achieve your full potential”. And they do. 

Finally, they constantly scan the horizon looking forward and upward. They live now not in the past. As a wise woman once said, “you must give up all hope of a better past”. Serial entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo put it just as eloquently when he urged us that, “whilst the past may not be our fault, the future is our responsibility”. It is, we cannot abdicate it to anyone else. 

After the devastation the lockdown wreaked on our personal state of mind, the nations psyche –  and the economy what happens if we don’t have a mindset of abundant possibilities?

We become victims. 

Helpless.

Our lives are dependent on the mercy of others.

We believe life to be a constant battle over scarce and limited resources. If you have something I want, it means I can’t have it because resources are finite. I become a helpless. I become envious. Envy leads to jealousy – Shakespeare’s all-consuming green-eyed monster that gnaws away at our insides. Jealousy leads to a downward spiral of anger, resentment, despair, and depression. I am no longer a victor in control of my life. I am a victim living at the mercy of those I envy.  

A North Indian grandfather told his grandson that, “there are two wolves, good and evil, at war within us”.
The boy enquires, “which one wins grandfather?” “the one you feed came the reply”

 

Which one are you feeding? 

If you want to control your future, you must invent it. You must create it. You must choose abundance over scarcity. You must deal in hope. 

LaunchLab in Stellenbosch is an example of how we can be catalysts of hope, creators of abundance. If you had any doubt that the renaissance is starting under our noses, go to their website and listen to an interview with CEO Josh Romisher and one of the world’s great entrepreneurs Steve Blank. The next renaissance is right HERE, NOW. 

So, scan the horizons and be awake to the endless abundance and opportunities that exist. They are literally all around. If it is to be, its up to me – cumaan Mzanzi lets roll up those sleeves and build a better future for us all. 

If Florence was the tide that floated Italy and the rest of the world, then what’s to stop us starting right here inside within ourselves. Think abundantly, make that call, get that meeting in the diary, hustle and make it happen. And smile. Find your strengths, your values, your passion, your purpose, dream, designing the future and create your destiny.

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