We're into the final few weeks of 2017, an artificial deadline for some, but a psychological event for most of us. We often take the time to look back, do a retrospective analysis of the last 11+ months, see where we came from, what worked, what didn't and how we ended up here.
I'd like to suggest you turn the tables on yourself and look forward, call it Kickoff 2018!
What better way to start the new year but with a cruise...but one with a different objective. We helped many clients over the past few years using a framework called Speedboat, or Sailboat. One that looks at the forces driving you forward and the anchors holding you back.
Why not start 2018 with a clear understanding of the goals, the shoals, the wind and the weights which will determine your success in the coming year.
Let us know how you do with this exercise, and if we can help you continue to succeed in 2018 we'd be glad to have the conversation.
By selecting Start, below, you'll be redirected to our partner, Conteneo's, Weave platform, where you can try a free version of the framework. If you prefer to just work on it offline, the image is at the bottom of the post.
All credit due to Luke Hohmann and his team at Conteneo.
Have you received advice that starts like this?
“All you need to do”
“You only have to”
Me, too. I also get requests all the time for advice on how to live the life I do – unapologetically mine, in line with my values and priorities. And many of the people who ask those questions, are looking for answers that start with one of those three phrases. What’s the problem with that? Only this: having a great career is no easier than having a bad career. Both are work. Hard work. The good news, is that the work is worth it, if you get to have a rewarding, rich life along the way. And it’s important to realize that every day won’t be sunshine and lollipops.
The truth is, no life is ever easy. We will all have struggles and setbacks. Every overnight success story has many, many steps and stumbles that led to that moment of achievement that everyone gets to see. In the world of the striver, there are always many people watching every wobble along the way…some cheering, some jeering, and some just wondering when they will just give up.
“I wish I could work for myself like you do,” they say. “Then I’d be in control of everything.”
If you’re embarking on a journey with the vision of never being accountable to anyone else, let me let you in on one of life’s big secrets. It’s very likely at some point, that your vision is going come to a screeching halt. (Unless you want to live in a cave, on a mountaintop. In that case, have at it.) You can be the pilot of your own destiny, that much is absolutely certain. However even the most powerful individuals in the world have responsibilities and commitments to others. Most of us want a richer, fuller life, that lets us be more, give more, share more, and enjoy more. We want to have time with our kids, or our partners, or to serve in our communities. We want to be secure in the knowledge that there will be food on the table. And we want to know that we’re able to contribute our best work, every day.
Living the life that you choose means you must make choices about where to invest your time, talent, and resources. That part isn’t a choice. It’s an obligation. To be everything you want, you can’t always do everything you want. Sometimes things won’t go your way. Families, partners, collaborators, and customers all want different things from me, and sometimes all at once. And they will from you, as well. The one thing I’ve learned (and you can, too), is that I must choose how to handle those requests. And I can live with that. Can you?
Megann Willson is one of the Partners at PANOPTIKA, where we help you see everything, so you can make better decisions.
Megann and Steve, Partners in PANOPTIKA, are working for our clients every day to help them see everything they need to know to make better decisions in their complex business environment.
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