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 is a simple framing method, but one that is very powerful: "Don't work for the weekend". It means that I often encounter the mindset of: Thank God, it's finally Friday! Off to the weekend!
Of course, I'm excited too, don't get me wrong, but on a Sunday evening I think: What a great weekend, but finally I can work again tomorrow! I know, it sounds odd, especially for people who live the above. But stay with me for a moment.
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.
So the beginner's mind is great if you'd like to swim in an ocean where you don't know where to go. You might find a beautiful island, you might be bitten by sharks or you just drown. Basically it's high risk / high reward. It's great for generating new ideas, perspectives or simply for a steep learning curve.
In December I wrote about my opinion on new year's resolutions and I stand by it. That also means, that to trigger action, you need motivation and a goal. Your set goals shouldn't be all about "this year I will be..." or "in the next 12 months....". It's important to have smart successes on the way, so think about goals within closer range "by the end of January I want to have done...", "in my first week of work in 2016 I want to accomplish...". Setting short term goals will keep you motivated and give you a chance of early milestones that will help setting you on the right track for 2016.