One of the things I am painfully aware of at this time of year, is that many of us are good at writing lists and goals and ‘resolutions’ but are not willing to do anything different.
For many of us, we seem to think that this equation might work:
Do Same Stuff + More Same Stuff = Different Result
My first book comes out this month and I wanted to share the story of its creation with you, as it was ‘born’ as an idea a long time ago. It was not a New Year’s Resolution, more a nagging in my brain that I really should write some stuff down as it may well be useful for people in professional services who are new to management.
The story of my book may well get you thinking about what you might do differently this year. In truth, the story is still on-going, as change takes time, confidence and risk-taking.
In short, it goes something like this:
• 2007 – 2009 – I wanted to write a book
• 2009 – 2011 – I write some words. They sit on my PC.
• 2012 – I have a baby and think “I’ll write the book when I am on maternity leave”. I really had no clue about babies!
• 2013 – 14. I still wanted to write a book.
• 2015 – I finally pluck up courage to go on a book writing course.
• Jan 2016 – Book is published
So, what made the difference and what might you take from this as we enter a New Year?
I recognised that it was not time (the excuse I used) holding me back. It was fear of failure mixed in with a little of not knowing where to start. In truth, I did not conquer the fear, I just decided that I would ‘give it a go’ and see what happened.
I surrounded myself with people who were on the same journey. I cannot stress how important this is. As the saying goes “who you hang out with matters.”
I had to give up stuff that I liked to make it happen. I have watched less TV in 2015 than ever. And I blocked social media from my ‘phone for big periods of time.
In a nutshell:
Different Behaviour + Different Choices = Different Results
I wonder what your “different” will be in 2016?
(PS – To find our more about the book or log your interest ahead of publication, click here)
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