The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

499695062Stretching out before us is the new year, winking optimism, opportunity, freshness and renewal. And to help you make 2016 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 11,000 weekly subscribers and followers. Possums is taking a break now until 20 January. Have a wonderful festive season. I am repeating here the post I used at the same time the previous two years. I love it. It’s message is so powerful. And a big thank you to darling Martine, who does the hard work getting the blog posts out. xxxxx 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 2016, 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- and do more of it!!!
Seriously- are you clear on where you get the most pleasure from in your life? Think about it. Make a list. Do a lot more of it in 2016 (unless it’s harmful that is!!).

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 2016, it will be a very special year. Good luck with it. And I hope a regular 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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14 Responses to The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

  1. David December 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Hi Chris, great message to finish the year and prime us all for 2016 and beyond, we can all achieve more with less, provided it is focused.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you ever so much for your blog, it’s great for everyone no matter what their vocation or seniority, there is something for everyone to learn.

    I must apologise for not commenting on a recent post ” Why Romeo Sucks” it really struck a note after reading having traded the navy suit in Martin Place for a business in regional QLD. At the end of the day I am sure the people that really count will be there for the ride on the bus, from time to time and the others don’t matter, self- selecting I guess. It further reinforces that relationships are a double act, forget the takers and concentrate on the genuine ones, albeit a much tighter smaller pool of real people who value your support.

    Here is to 2016 for happiness and success and many more good possum posts, Merry Christmas to you and your family.



    • Chris Savage January 28, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks David. Very much appreciated. Chris

  2. Colleen Rose December 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Chris – thank you for your always inspiring messages – they really do make a difference to me – often eerily well timed – but always read and digested. Have a good rest and a sparkly New Year!

    • Chris Savage December 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks Colleen!

  3. Rob Irving December 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    You give us pleasure, Chris – Christmas and 2016 blessings to you!

    • Chris Savage December 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks Rob!!

  4. Catherine December 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Great food for thought over the holiday break. Always helps to have a focus when creating those historically broken new years resolutions. Enjoy your holiday. Look forward to reading more in 2016.

    • Chris Savage December 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks Catherine!!

  5. Richard Burrage December 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Phew glad you mentioned unless its harmful. Have a fabulous Christmas and keep the blog going, I love it!

    • Chris Savage December 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

      Thanks Richard!!

  6. Jayne Albiston December 30, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    A massive thanks for the years of posts Chris. Appreciate them more than you may ever know. You are an inspiration to many and it is my hope that 2016 will be a year where you bear much fruit. Looking forward to meeting up in person some time for that talked about coffee. J 🙂

    • Chris Savage January 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

      Thanks Jayne- much appreciated! Chris

  7. Naresh Semwal January 18, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    Thanks for the lovely post …Have a great year ahead..

    • Chris Savage January 19, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      Thanks Naresh

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