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Here’s The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

Santa on the beachStretching out before us is the new year, winking optimism, opportunity, freshness and renewal. And to help you make 2015 a great year, I am going to share some brilliant advice. It is a gem. Promise. Here it is.

Thanks all for another possums year, all 10,000 weekly subscribers and followers. Possums is taking a break now until 21 January. Have a wonderful end of year, and here’s to an inspiring 2015. I am repeating here the post I used at the same time last year. I love it. It’s message is so powerful. Enjoy, and thank again. I really appreciate the interest. Chris

I love the ‘fresh start’ that January brings. It lifts my spirits, and makes me feel ‘anything is possible.’ Sadly, history tells me that by about March, I will have sunk back into the depths of deadlines, ‘to do’ lists, pressure, and a string of broken promises with myself. I lose sight of what drives, inspires and gives me purpose. But not this year. No, no, no! You see- I read a piece of advice that I know will make this year a triumph of mindfulness and happiness. It can for you too. If you’re up for it. Here’s that gem.

“Take more time, cover less ground.”

So said Tomas Merton, quoted in Daniel Klein’s powerful philosophy on the best path to a happy and fulfilling life, “Travels With Epicurus.” Klein goes on to suggest another powerful habit, which I reckon dovetails perfectly with this theme:
“Be clear what gives you pleasure, and do more of it.”

So- this is what I plan to do. Want to join me? Some of you might feel this is a bit anal- but that’s me. If I don’t force myself to slow down- to pause and reflect- my life flashes past and I feel it becomes a missed opportunity. Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up. And in 2015, I WILL take more time, and cover less ground, and cover that ground with more presence, and thoughtfulness. Here’s my two part plan:

1. Get clarity on what gives me pleasure
Seriously- are you clear on where you get the most pleasure from in your life? My pleasure comes from very simple things- being together with family having a meal somewhere new, walking with my Mother and holding her hand, the feeling after a solid run, learning something new, great conversations, doing something for others (eg coaching an under 10s rugby team was incredibly rewarding- it’s hard to describe how something so basic gave me so much genuine, unmitigated pleasure), and so on. It’s a pretty short list, filled with stuff I simply don’t do enough of.

2. A weekly one hour ‘Fresh Air Session’ with myself
I am diarising now for the rest of the year, a one hour meeting with myself, at my Third Place (not work, not home, but somewhere else where I can relax and think). I will use that hour to revisit my clarity on three things:

a) what is most important to me in my life, and check whether I am giving those the right focus

b) revisit my ‘pleasure’ list … am I finding time to sprinkle my weeks with what I get the greatest buzz from

c) check in on what I need to STOP doing– what has crept in to my life that is not productive and needed, and how can I stop spending time and energy on that

Take more time, cover less ground. Be clear on what gives you pleasure, and do more of it.

I reckon- hand on heart- if we can do this well in 2015, it will be a very special year. Good luck with it. And I hope a weekly dose of Possums makes it to your ‘pleasure list.’ Much love to all and thanks for being back again with me this year.

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26 Responses to Here’s The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

  1. Penny December 17, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Thanks Chris – always such a wise young owl – I’m going to try and do those simple three things in 2015. Happy Christmas

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      And to you, Penny

  2. Jen Gottlieb December 17, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks Chris for the excellent reminder.
    Happy New Year and to much more time for creating “those special opportunities”

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Thanks Jen-all the best to you.

  3. Clive December 17, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Great kick-off for 2015 – wish I knew at start of 2014

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Thanks Clive.

  4. Angus December 17, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Great advice. Thanks for all the posts this year Chris, have a great break. Take it easy and cover less ground!

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Will try to, Angus!

  5. Charlie December 17, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Well said Chris. All the best for 2015

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks Charlie- all the best to you.

  6. Grant December 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Awesome Chris – have a great break! G

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      You too, Grant

  7. Bruce December 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    All the best for Xmas and New Year mate x

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks Bruce- and to you.

  8. Ben December 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Sound advice as always – thanks Chris!

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks Ben!

  9. Paulette Steele December 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Love the bit in the Fresh Air Session about a Third Place which is not the office or home. Too much distraction in both of those! Definitely going to find my Third Place. Thanks Chris and enjoy your break

  10. Richard Burrage December 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Great reflections. Helps to write your own obituary one a year also. Morbid but puts priorities in perspective.

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      Thanks Richard

  11. Jane Jordan December 18, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    Great post Chris. LOVE the fresh air session idea. Afterall, we are our best (or worst) client. This post is a great reminder that we are the CEO of our own lives.

    • Chris Savage December 22, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      True, Jane.

  12. Susan Jones December 20, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks Chris, I felt you were speaking just to me. All very relevant and all very wise. Thank you for your posts this year. Enjoy your Christmas break and all the best for 2015.

  13. Pod December 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Thanks for the great posts all year Chris,

    All the best for the holidays
    Pod

  14. krishna koundinya December 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Great capsule! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  15. Simone Allan January 17, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    Really liked your blog Chris- mine was do everything with intention / be present
    Now i will add – do more of what i love to do!
    Met you at NPA on Sunshine Coast and your brother Greg was an advisor to my business for 12 months

    • Chris Savage January 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks Simone- appreciated. Chris

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