As I sit here now on 1st January 2016 in Nice (France), I am pondering what the year will be like for me, what goals I will pursue and how my life will be like. I have several goals (yet to be actually written down and that will be later today or tomorrow! ) however the one over riding focus for me this year is to be happy.
For those that may not be aware, I have moved to Nice for the foreseeable future and will run my coaching business from there. I will of course be making regular trips back to the UK and already have business reasons to come back in February and in March. I will be based down here where the weather is warmer, the sun is brighter and … just because I want to see what life will be like living down here.
Now, coming back to my over riding focus on happiness this year … for me, to be happy is all about doing things that bring me joy, pleasure/peace and happiness. It is about doing work where I feel like I am making a positive contribution to others. It is about stopping long enough (and having the physical and mental space to stop!) to ask myself whether I feel good doing it and whether what is on offer will take me closer to, or further away from, my goals.
I believe that when I am in a place where I am happy, truly and genuinely happy, then everything else personally and professionally will flow. Now, don’t get me wrong … I was not unhappy with my life previously. I had a full and varied life, lots of very good friends and lots of fun activities. Yet, after spending some time in Nice last year, I feel very drawn to come here partly because it has been a very long held dream of mine to live elsewhere (warmer and sunnier!) and run my business via the internet and partly because it feels like ‘home’ for me. I feel so strongly about this pull that I am willing to take the risks to explore what Nice and life has to offer, so I manage my employees this way, and for those who have a staff working remotely we can use a productivity tracker so that we can make sure our staff are doing what they should be doing.
When I think about taking action towards my goals, it seems so much easier when I am coming from a place where I’m feeling happy and everything flowing. From this ‘feel-good’ place I can more easily think about the next small step that I can take that leads me towards my bigger goals. The continual and daily focus on those small steps means that I WILL reach my big goals! A very exciting year ahead so watch this space!
So, what are your ‘big’ goals for 2016 and what small steps can you take today? Tomorrow? The next day? All in view of your reaching your goals for 2016.