The turn of the year is a great time for reflection on the year gone by, to mentally reenergise and to plan for the year ahead. Will you make 2023 more of the same or is it time for change? One trend I am seeing during and since lockdown is a lack of work/life balance amongst entrepreneurs and professionals; they are close to burnout and if they don’t make time for themselves, they’ll soon need to make time for illness. So, should 2023 really be more of the same or should this festive period be a turning point for you and the way you live your life?
Now is the time to reflect on whether you’ve hit the clear and measurable goals you set out at the start of 2022; did your goal setting system help or hinder you? How are you going to make 2023 a brilliant year, and how are you going to measure that success? If you, like so many others, would like to accelerate your success in 2023 whilst also regaining your work/life balance and refocusing on the most important things in life, I’d love to help. I’ll be running 2 free half-day workshops in January on the mornings of 11th (virtually) and 12th (in Rutland) to help you set yourself up for success in 2023. Places are free of charge, but are limited to just 20 spots, so if you would like to attend one of them, please email [email protected] as soon as possible.
If you want to create success in 2023 you need to start with the end in mind and in these workshops, I can help you do just that. Come and join me and I’ll help you kickstart an incredible year.
Season 4, Episode 8: Michellie Jones was an Australian triathlete who won two ITU Triathlon World Championships, an Olympic silver medal when triathlon made its Olympic debut and the 2006 Ironman World Championship. She also won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics as a guide for Katie Kelly, when paratriathlon made its debut at the Paralympics. She now spends her time coaching other triathletes and around her other passion, horses.
Claire and I wanted to chat to Michellie about race day mentality, how she focuses on controlling the controllables, the power of artificial intelligence in coaching, quietening the 'chimp brain' and the power of visualisation.
What I’ve Been Reading
Whilst it’s good to read books about goal setting and reflection at this time of the year, it’s also good to read books that just make you happy.
I’ve previously confessed to being a teenage metalhead, so it won’t surprise you that growing up in the 80s and 90s led me to Iron Maiden. Unlike most metal bands that tell stories of drunken antics and drug induced comas offstage, Iron Maiden were the refined gentlemen of the genre, and no more so than their lead man, Bruce Dickinson.
In What Does This Button Do?, Dickinson tells the story of Maiden and of the rather intriguing man at the front. Playing the Maiden frontman is just one of the many hats Bruce wears; in addition to being one of the world's most storied and well-respected singers and songwriters, he is often credited as a genuine polymath as he is an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist and film scriptwriter and has also competed as a world-class level fencer. Bruce, in his own words, sets forth many personal observations guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.
What I’ve Been Watching
Leap is a documentary based around a one-year experiment that seeks to discover whether coaching can help ordinary people achieve extraordinary things. Whilst it isn’t the most gripping recommendation you’ll see here in Friday Footnotes, it does highlight the important role coaching can play in taking people to the next level, breaking through barriers and achieving more.
Health Matters to Consider
Too much Christmas turkey or fed up of eating Quality Streets for breakfast? Perhaps you need the take on the 2-week detox this January. I promise that after you do it, you will feel so good that it might just stick as a long-term lifestyle and act as a springboard to a fitter, healthier life as it did for me 10 years ago. If you want to the details of this detox challenge, you’ll find them here.
TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting
For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time says entrepreneur, Chip Conley, in his TED talk What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work -- and vice versa. What would happen if we got intentional about how we all work together? In this accessible talk, Conley shows how age diversity makes companies stronger and calls for different generations to mentor each other at work, with wisdom flowing from old to young and young to old alike.
Quote of the Week
"Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world."
- Nelson Mandela.
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
A New Year often means renewed focus on long standing and niggling issues, so it’s important you seize the moment while the enthusiasm remains and ride the wave of energy that the start of a new chapter brings. If that is revamping your finances, better organising your estate for your loved ones, or planning your dream retirement, then we’d love to help you make 2023 a huge step forward financially.