Where did 2017 go? Not sure about the rest of you but looking back on last year the word I would use to describe it is ‘Meh’. I might be a little hard on myself as there were a few positives to come out of it. I finally managed to get on the property ladder, broke up with a slightly annoying boyfriend and celebrated my cats 1st birthday - but the fact these are the only milestones I can think of confirms the definition of ‘meh’
Reflecting on last year really got me thinking about 2018 and what I want to achieve. To be honest, I had been thinking about this since September. I’ve always been someone who is most successful when I have a focus and am working towards something, I like the idea of having a bigger purpose and as I’m so easily distracted the thought of having a constant motivation grounds me and enables me to stay focused.
But what happens if you’re not sure what you want to do? or what direction you want to move in? How is it possible to keep on a fixed and motivated path without a solid goal to focus on? Even when we do have specific goals are we simply setting ourselves for failure by conjuring up unrealistic ‘resolutions’ and If we don’t achieve them does this end up having a detrimental effect and in fact set us back further than if we hadn’t set the goal in the first place?
Ari Wallach focuses on a term called ‘Longpath’ which involves getting out of short-term thinking and focusing on our ultimate aim and purpose. By doing something harder now that requires more thinking will we create behaviours that will influence us for the rest of our lives. By thinking of the bigger picture, we will continue to push ourselves to achieve more. His TedTalk gives a candid insight into society and the negative implications of short-term thinking.
Lose weight, get promoted, stop spending money on overpriced face creams, just a few ‘short-term’ goals that ultimately should make me happy, but chances are…. they won’t. To me, goals and ‘resolutions’ are about contributing to the bigger picture and the goal of being happy, rather than coming up with a pointless list of resolutions that will be broken by the 3rd week of Jan.
What’s your longpath? What’s your company's longpath? To what end are you doing what you are doing? Can you hold a vision that stretches far beyond the end of your week/ month/ year and even life? Spend some time today ‘Telos Thinking’, reassess those New Year’s resolutions you set yourself just a few weeks and try to figure out YOUR ultimate aim 😊
Telos thinking – The Greek word telos means “ultimate aim” or “ultimate purpose.” Telos thinking invites us to answer just one simple yet powerful question: To what end? In other words, what will be different by taking this step, changing this policy, or shifting this approach? What will come after? And not just a year from now or even five years from now. What will have happened 20, 50, or 100 years from now because we made this choice today?