If you’re like me you spend some time at the end of each year reflecting on what happened, what you did right, what you could have done differently… probably lingering too long on what you could have done differently. After this process is over, I normally switch gears and start thinking about the future. What is 2017 going to bring for me, my family and my businesses? I have a few thoughts on how I think we should approach that this year. (You need to read all four of these.)
- When it comes to setting any goal just remember that it needs to be realistic, specific and attached to a very solid way to measure it. Also keep it written down and in a place that you will see it often and then share it within your circle if that makes sense. It is always good to have the support of those around you because we rarely accomplish anything important without a little help.
- Don’t be a pansy. Set some goals that are attainable but think big this year. My wife gets so irritated with me because I have these HUGE expectations about every project I tackle and very often end up disappointed because I fell short. HOWEVER, even if I don’t hit the home run every time, I end up with a lot of base hits along the way and that scores runs too. Be realistic on what you want to accomplish but don’t be afraid to think big. I truly believe that with a project my brother and I are launching in February/March that we are going to sell lots of product and inspire thousands if not millions along the way and literally change the way people think about a mattress. Too much? My business partner Simon Spinks told me that together we could change the world. I actually think he’s right.
- If you had a rough year, get over it. Seriously, I know that sounds harsh but you can’t live in the past and allow that negative thinking to impact where you’re going. Let me take you through an exercise my favorite college professor Dr. Tim Clypson taught me. Step 1: Get a piece of paper and write down all of the negative crap that happened to you in 2016 or anything that seems to be weighing you down. Step 2: Go outside with lighter in hand and torch that mother. (Tim had us wad the paper up and throw it in the trash can because we were in class but I think he would support my more dramatic approach here.) Dwelling on the bad stuff only brings more bad stuff. My wife Bridget is my biggest cheerleader and is there to lift me up when needed, kick me in the butt when needed, and club anyone that does me wrong. Spend time with those people in your life and lean into them. It’s a game changer.
- Give to others and be grateful on your journey this year. I can’t possibly put into words what living this way means to me. I’m not saying I am the perfect model of this but I do make time to give to others that need me and I start every day being grateful for the good and the bad. All life’s experiences impact me, I have to choose how.
Happy New Year to all of the Q’s Views readers out there and know that I am pulling for each and every one of you to have an epic kind of year. Enjoy the last few days of the holiday season and then strap on your butt kicking boots and make 2017 the kind of year they will write about in books.