The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

540861732The new year is winking optimism, opportunity, freshness and renewal at us all. And to help make 2017 a great year, I am again sharing brilliant advice. Promise. Here it is.

I repeat this same post every Christmas. It’s that important. And somehow, I always seem to do a pretty poor job at following its key message.

I know if I can do this, it 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.”

I love the ‘fresh start’ 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!

So- this is what I plan to do. Want to join me?

It’s a 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 2017 (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 2017, 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.’


Thanks all for another Possums year, all 11,000 weekly subscribers and followers. Possums is taking a break now until 18 January. Have a wonderful festive season. And a big thank you to darling Martine, who does the hard work getting the blog posts out. Martine- you’ve stuck with me on Possums for many, many years now. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. xxxxx Chris

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20 Responses to The Best Advice You Will Get All Year

  1. Chris Galloway December 13, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    seriously good, Chris (from another Chris, in Auckland)
    Thomas Merton was, of course, a famous monastic but one who very much engaged with his times, not just the cloister

  2. Fran December 14, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Merry Xmas Chris!

    • Chris Savage December 15, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks Fran…likewise to you!

  3. George Garrop December 14, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Good call and great post to finish the year.
    Wednesday lunch at Hyde Park. One Hour. Every week. See you there.
    Merry Christmas mate.
    Best wishes, George

    • Chris Savage December 15, 2016 at 11:05 am #

      Ha! I wish, George!! Chris

  4. Simon December 14, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Thanks Chris, as a long time reader, first time commenter, your insights and knowledge are always appreciated. All the best in 2017.

  5. Leonie December 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Thanks for all the good advice this year Chris. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Cheers, /Leonie 🙂

    • Chris Savage December 15, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      Thanks Leonie- and to you! Chris

  6. Tara Power December 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    Merry Christmas Chris! Wishing you and yours well. This is my first reply. Not sure why. We met once at a workshop…have been subscribed for years.
    Thank you for continuing to share.

    • Chris Savage December 15, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      Thanks Tara- and to you! Chris

  7. Suzie Batten December 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Inspiring as always Chris. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Chris Savage December 15, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      Thanks Suzie- and to you and yours! Chris

  8. Ale Wiecek December 20, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    Oh Chris I was literally looking forward to reading this blog post for the year end. Always so inspiring and grounded. Thank you! Have a fantastic break with the family. Lots of love from Brisbane, Ale

    • Chris Savage December 21, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Thanks Ale!!!

  9. Ale Wiecek December 20, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    Thanks so much Chris for such an inspiring post and for always making me feel grounded and with something exciting to think about. Have a lovely Xmas

    • Chris Savage December 21, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Ale- thanks!!!

  10. Maha Krishnapillai December 23, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

    Always make me think … thanks again Chris.

    Have a fabulous Xmas .. I know you will have a fabulous new year!

    • Chris Savage January 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

      Thanks Maha!

  11. Jenet Depke December 30, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    Hi Chris

    Hope you are in fine spirits.
    Belated Seasons Greetings to you and your family.. hope you are all having a splendid time during your holidays.

    My heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your inspiring Possums blog inspiring everyone on how to reach their dreams and goals in 2017. It goes without saying that your pearls of wisdom is always something I look forward to reading or hearing about.

    Also, a very special thanks and gratitude for all your support and guidance during the year, they say that in this lifetime, when we have the honour of kindred spirits and brilliant advisors as friends in our lives our life is enriched forever. You have enriched my journey enormously, and I will be grateful for your kindness eternally. You relentlessly touch peoples lives, which is priceless more than money can buy. Most people at an Executive level do not offer the kind of generosity of spirit you do. You truly are one of a kind. Hence, feel truly blessed we crossed paths again earlier this year.

    May 2017 and beyond bring an abundance of great health, wealth and happiness to you and all your family and friends. Life without joy and happiness is not a way of life.

    God bless always Chris.

    Warmest wishes and big bear hugs


    • Chris Savage January 9, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks Jenet! Appreciated very much. Chris

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