As we begin our entrance into 2017 many of us are looking forward.
We are looking forward to what to expect.
We are looking forward to uncovering our next steps (hello, what’s my purpose?!)
And we are looking forward to checking off goals and setting new ones in 2017.
Last week I spoke about coming up with a BHAG for 2017. Big Hairy Audacious Goal. And a ton of you loved it. But there was also a side of me going...
“Oh boy, not again.”
I love Big Hairy Audacious Goals. But they can also be exhausting.
Exhausting to figure out. And exhausting to achieve.
See, I (like many people I know) are exhausted.
2016 was, well, 2016. It was a long election cycle in the United States with much controversy, vitriol and frankly, an outcome unpredicted and unexpected. It knocked me off balance.
And with the advent of January we all get a little excited. We become giddy with the prospect of a “New Year, New You”. But we know as much as the other person that frankly, that’s not how it works.
We think the New Year is like pushing a big “do over” button.
“Well, I totally failed at [insert ridiculous goal]. Let’s try ‘er again.”
But we cannot powerfully move into our full creative potential and set those goals and dream those dreams when we are dog tired. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. And it’s the worst type of exhaustion. I am overwhelmed.
Like you, there’s so freaking much I want to do. But in this state of overwhelm I can’t get clarity on what that is.
So, Big Hairy Audacious Goal for 2017? Well, it’s just going to have to wait.
Instead of hitting the “RE-DO” button, I am going to hit the “PAUSE” button.
Here's what I’m going to do during my “PAUSE”:
As I go over the list I just created, something struck me. I think I answered all the questions I posed in my previous post:
The answer is to hit the "PAUSE" button.
The moment we stop seeking and be still is when the answers are revealed.
Thank-you 2016 for forcing me to hit "PAUSE". And to 2017, I can't wait to hit "PLAY".
Below are the pages I speak of above from Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. It's phenom!
P.S: I bought the hardcover at Costco for a great price :)