Finding your flow is more important than setting goals

At this time of year we tend to think about what we’d like to happen in the year ahead. Many people set goals and make a big effort, only to be frustrated by the lack of progress in their careers, relationships or finances. In some cases their health isn’t too good either.

I experienced this for several years. Then, just over six years ago, I started working with David Royston-Lee, who is a business psychologist. He showed me a series of exercises that have helped many people to overcome this problem by ‘finding their flow’. We included them in our book Brand You.*

Imagine you’re sitting in a canoe on a river that flows towards everything you’d love to happen in your life. The most important thing is to make sure you’re paddling downstream. Doing the work you love is an essential part of that. The first exercise, on page 29 of Brand You, helps you discover the talents you love to use and the way you love to use them.

Finding your flow is good for your health, your relationships and your finances. As our friend Nick Williams points out, people who do what they love and love what they do are highly attractive. Goals may come and go, but we can paddle downstream for the rest of our lives. I encourage you to discover the talents you love to use and the way you love to use them. It will change your life.

Happy New Year!


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