I want to tackle the new year with a similar mindset but keep some of those things I learned and picked up in 2016. Since this might be interesting to some of you, I wanted to share these things. I documented most of them in the last 50+ posts I wrote this year (another habit which I will continue), so this is just a summary of the most important ones that are here to stay.
It all depends on how you want to design your life, a freedom that was totally alien just a few decades earlier. What nobody talks about is that the lack of meta-skills and the rise of decision-anxiety are the price we pay for this freedom.
Do we live in a time that is solemnly focused on hedonism? The maximisation of our happiness? Don't get me wrong, I don't complain, being a human is the best. But where are we going as a society? Can I live every day as it would be my last for 90+ years?
In modern terms I think that it comes down to preparation and observation. Everything comes down to filters. Did you ever notice that after you bought something new, a red car or a white phone, suddenly you see so much more people driving red cars or using white phones? You ask yourself, how is this possible? Well, your brain has a new filter and now you are primed on those things, it pretty amazing.
It doesn't matter if we are talking about business development, learning new skills or simply training your body or mind. Everything takes time and success is not achieved over night, even though mass media would like us to believe that.
Trust me, I love to say that everything is possible and encourage myself and others to try out everything and not to be afraid of consequences, the future or anything else.
It always comes down to what you want out of it. Becoming a best-selling author without ever writing a book is very(!) hard.
I was always more intersted in the future than in the past. Although history lessons can give us some valuable advice on how things worked out, but all those events are fixed in time and will probably never happen again, at least that's not likely.
With that in mind, what would you say is your personal pitch as a human, an employee or a friend? Does you list only contain things from the past or do you value your aspirations in the future as well or even more?
Inspiration is one of those things that cannot be controlled. The same comes with creativity, sometimes you just need that spark that get's you going, that will ultimately help you to solve a problem.
Unfortunately you can't just buy inspiration in a can and be done with it. The problem is that it will hit you most likely when you are not ready for it.
As a part of the generation y my understanding of work-life balance is not to strictly seprarated one from the other, my goal is to spend my time at work and at home with basically the same activitites that give me joy, a sense of fullfilling and help me develop at a personal level. I don't believe in a 9-to-5 work ethic, espeically in modern Marketing you need to be aware of your job 24/7/365.
That doens't mean to be available all the time or to never sleep or to never go on vacation, it just means that even in times when your not sitting at your desk, there is the possiblity of inspiration or opportunity related to your job. Let me give you three simple examples from my experience that could benefit your work performance: