The New Year – Rivers Running Wild.. or Rivers Coming Together?
An imaginative, new approach to business and life goal setting.
In my office, perched high above the swimming pool with fog rolling in,
I sit and heavily brood starting every November. The question that occupies my brain –
what should and will the next year look like – will it be creative and clear enough?
Will it be rivers running wild (a lot of great ideas going nowhere) or will it be
a mindful display of laser-like thinking and clarity leading to a greater ocean of
success, satisfaction and joy?
Do I cut some rivers out? Which rivers do I allow to play? Which rivers do I allow to combine?
What new rivers do I forge?
With all my clients, I see the same process of river design for the next year.
Now that I have overused the metaphor of rivers, let me define river a little more.
Rivers = ideas, draft form goals or objectives, promises, things that you feel you should do.
Here are some river design tips for 2017:
1. Recognize the rivers that are flowing and the ones that are not.
Which ideas etc. were the ones that fed you the most? Which ones gave birth to more rivers or more money
or more rewards? Which ones fizzed out?
2. Recognize the rivers that are running wild?
Which ideas etc. are chaotic and in need of a river captain or a dam.
What kind of nurturing control do they need?
3. Which rivers give you joy?
Which ideas etc. are joyful to execute.
4. Which rivers are truthfully feeding you? Which are not?
Which ideas etc. are giving you joy, money, success (however you define it) and satisfaction?
Which are not?
5. How can you spend or structure your time to become a better river creator, designer, manager and leader in the coming year?
6. What strange and exciting rivers would you want to create to instill adventure and living
on the fringe – i.e. creating breakthroughs?
7. What would be a breakthrough river for you? How would you design it? Which rivers could
you combine to create that breakthrough river?
The first stage of river design is the awareness of rivers in your life and business.
That awareness is important to mull over. As in a house, boat or car, a good design
is everything. But that design has to come from some deep seated thinking. Deep seated
thinking is never over-done – rather it is done in a relaxed way – with a good cigar,
or a great cup of coffee, or a good walk or a good talk.
Enjoy this time – this is your time and this will be your year – claim your right to design it.
I wish you success,