As a year draws to a close, it is generally a time for reflection on the past year. What went well? What did not? Whom do we want to thank? It is also a time to reconsider the things that are important to us. What do we want to spend our precious time on? Which people do we want to have around us? What values are important to us? What are the things that we want to achieve in the coming year?
I recently attended a three day workshop where we were given the time to reflect on some of these things. When you have the chance to look at all the facets that make up your life, away from the pressures of daily operations, it really is like a breath of fresh air. We discussed the balance that needs to be achieved between your goals across five areas of your life – Health and Energy, Spirituality, Relationships, Business and Finance. Only if all these things are receiving attention, will we be able to be our best selves.
One of the outcomes of the workshop was that I had the opportunity to reconsider the values by which we work at Set That and ensure that going into 2015 they were documented, shared and importantly aligned to all that work here. I am very proud of the culture that we have developed at Set That and the fantastic support we provide to one another as we seek to build this business. The people we have working here share both a vision for the business and the values by which we will work together. I have learnt the hard way, that if a disconnect exists for anyone involved in the business, the path will not be smooth and success will be much more difficult to achieve.
At the workshop, we were also given time to develop the goals for a five year plan around those five key areas of our lives. This was a truly liberating experience to participate in. Placing no constraints on yourself and documenting how you want your life to be in five years, gives you a destination at which you can set your life compass and a timeline in which to get there. You can then set out the goals for the next twelve months towards achieving that five year plan. So my 2015 resolutions will be framed around those 12 month goals and I will be well on my way towards my 2020 vision (no pun intended!)
I encourage all of you to throw off the shackles and create a picture of the new life you would like to be living in 2020. Your 2015 resolutions will then become clearer if you commit yourself to a path to achieve the life you want in the future. Many thanks to everyone for the support shown to me and the Set That team in 2014. We will be going into 2015 continuing to ride that big wave clinging to our surfboards and relishing the excitement of building a business for the future.
I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends and look forward to seeing you back on Set That in 2015.