Like most people I spent the Christmas and New Year break watching too much TV, eating too much food and generally not doing too much. I really downed tools and there was a point at which I had to be encouraged to get out of my pyjamas and dressing gown, after spending too much time in them!
One of the things that we really got into was watching reruns of classic British film and TV comedy. You simply can’t beat Only Fools & Horses and Morecambe & Wise.
Yes, we had access to huge amounts of new films and TV shows on Netflix & Amazon Prime, but we gravitated to the ‘oldies but goodies.’
Once the holidays finished, however, and I was forced to get off my back and get back on my feet and venture through the front door, I started to think about the year that lay ahead.
Through the haze of ‘New Year, New You’ messages, I came to a startling realization. This new year will be a #rerun.
Here are three reasons that convinced me that if I focused on them, 2017 was going to be an even better year than 2016.
1. #relentless by sensing RENEWED PASSION
I realized that the new year wasn’t so much about a ‘new me’ but about pausing, looking back and looking forward to a ‘better me.’
I had done some things well but others left much room for improvement. The things I did well, I was insistent, persistent and consistent.
The deciding factor was simply being fuelled by my passion and how it could create new possibilities.
2. #resourceful by seeing a NEW PERSPECTIVE
At the start of 2016, we’d made some decisions without having all the required resources at our disposal. A step of faith in every sense.
One of the projects we wanted to make happen was a new school. We reckoned that we needed a 6 figure sum to start our new school. As the year went on, it became clear that we weren’t going to raise the funds in time for our September opening, so we decided to take our foot off the pedal.
However, as the new school year approached, we had a new sense of urgency, sensing that if we waited another year we would miss a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Norfolk’s young people.
We started to see and explore different ways of making Cre8 Futures happen.
The end result?
We launched our new school in a different way, in a much shorter timescale and for a much lower set up cost.
By seeing things in a new way, we became more resourceful and made it happen quicker & cheaper.
3. #relational by serving with NEW PEOPLE
One game changer for us last year in launching the new school was a great relationship based on shared vision, mission and values.
The school venture had been on the cards for some time. However, it took a chance meeting where we realized that we shared more than just synergy.
After spending time getting to know our new friend, we decided to collaborate.
With a background and enormous skills and experience in construction as well as a passion for education, we made a formidable team.
John Maxwell was so right ‘Teamwork makes the dream work.’
As you venture into a new year, make sure you practice these three things. Give it a go. Be #relentless, #resourceful & #relational. It makes all the difference.
So, instead of starting something new be part of your very own #rerun.
It’ll be the best thing you watch this year!