Your invitation to a better 2017

I subscribe to the Betterman Blueprint by Erik Kruger and received the following invite this week that I’d like to share:

My friend,

This year is drawing to a close. Many are excited for the upcoming holidays and the opportunity to unwind.

It’s been an interesting year. Trump. Brexit. My discovery that some people believe the world is flat. Did I mention Trump?

Irrespective of how interesting or horrific your year turned out to be. There is room for improvement. It’s wise to understand that there is no clear route to success. Anyone who thinks they can outline the steps needed to achieve such greatness is delusional. But there are definitely steps that you can take that will vastly increase your odds.

Let’s chat about a few easy ways to prepare for an incredible 2017…

1. First up, take stock.
Your current situation is an accumulation of your past decisions and actions. As simple as that. Although we might not have 20/20 clarity when looking at our destination. Hindsight is always crystal clear.

People can often identify the exact moment when things started going wrong. They can pinpoint the second when everything changed. But it’s important to acknowledge the small events that led up to that tipping point.

To get your mind going in the right direction you can ask yourself two focusing questions:

1. What went well this year? Even the worst year has a few bright moments.

2. What could I have done better this year? Admit to failure and incomplete actions.

2. Work on your core-chassis.
I have borrowed the core-chassis idea from P&G. Every product has a core-chassis. For toothpaste it consists of the ingredients that cleans and protect from cavities. From there you can start adding other more interesting elements such as different flavours, whitening etc.

The core-chassis of productivity is:

A sustainable diet
Eating for productivity is different to eating for a ripped body. I wont get into it for now, but your diet in this instance should provide continuous energy throughout the day. No highs or lows. Small, light meals during the day. Stay away from processed foods and white carbs.

A healthy body
Exercise is as important for your mind as it is for your body. You don’t need to look like a cover model. But you should stay in shape.

Enough sleep
This is obvious, and the most neglected. Think you are coping fine with less than 7 hours of sleep? You aren’t. Hit the bed.

A challenged mind
A mind that is just going through the motions everyday accomplishes very little. It needs to be challenged and pushed. Read new things, weird things, and hard things. Look for the relationships between seemingly unrelated areas of life.

3. Accept total ownership.
This life is yours. It’s up to you to make the best of it. Along the way you will find people who will help you to raise your game. But they cannot act on your behalf. They cannot be responsible for your happiness or success.

When you take ownership you start evolving. Something deep in you stirs. A voice starts whispering that no matter what comes your way, you will conquer it. No matter the battles you have to face, you will not allow your tranquility to be disturbed.

This evolution is slow.

So you have to be patient.

But with each passing day you will become so much more.
Acta non verba,

Author: Arno Hattingh

Arno matriculated from Hoƫrskool Waterkloof in Pretoria in 2012 and went to study Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Arts in Perth. His passion for the arts still remains as he currently works as Logistics Manager at Bakwena Spa in Paarl.

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