Taking Stock, Gearing Up for the New Year?

I’m curious: how was your year?

What changed in your life, your business, your finances?

And in your mind – your inner world, soul, emotions – any changes there?

I’m asking not to pry (though I AM curious, so feel free to hit reply and share whatever you like) but because last year around this time, I did something new:

I sat down for an entire day, with a training by the Shrink for Entrepreneurs, Peter Shallard, to plan and design my 2017.

Because he said that an end-of-year planning ‘ritual’ is something that the vast majority of successful, high-performing entrepreneurs do.

And since I want to be a successful, high-performing entrepreneur as well, I figured I’d give it a shot.

Of course the carefully laid out plan was halted in the first week of the year (circumstances – a visitor was taken to hospital, after which she flew back to Switzerland and I drove to Switzerland to get her car there. And from there on, my plan just disintegrated more and more).

But it mattered not at all, because somehow I kept rolling out new plans as I went along, and I must say: this year has been rather amazing. Staggeringly good, in fact – both in terms of money, creativity, happiness, friendships…

In other words, I’m VERY grateful for the Martin from 12 months ago. Dude did me a BIG favour.

And so today, I want to implore you to reserve a day, or even two, before the new year starts.

If you’re not used to planning long-term, there’s books and free programmes online that will help you get strategic.

Best is if you use pen and paper, instead of keyboard – there’s real benefits to writing long-hand for this kind of thing.

Either way, I set myself up for a headstart, last year.

And I want the same for you. You deserve it.

And, if you do it, your future self will also be grateful for your today-self, just like me.

Which is also the trick in case your mind is throwing up excuses (too busy, too confused, don’t need it etc etc):

Taking time to plan ahead is a way to do your future self a favour. And that future self is you, but it’s also not-you.

And it’s always easier to do a favour for someone else than it is to do it for yourself.

So please. Take a day, plan your year.

And if you have questions, just write me and ask.

Cheers,

​Martin


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