It seems so outrageous to think that 2018 is less than a month away. It feels like yesterday when we were watching with great shame as Clemson was shutting out Ohio State in the semifinals but here we are, standing on the doorstep of another new year. As I’m looking ahead and making my plans, I find myself looking back on 2017 and realizing that I had a really solid year; we bought our dream home, we’ve spent a lot of time together in the barn, and I’ve spent most of the year speaking and training. By all measures, it was a successful year that was made possible by finishing 2016 strong. My hopes aren’t as high for 2018 because Jim Rohn forgot to tell me something.
In December of 2014, I somehow found a Jim Rohn seminar on YouTube that sort of changed my outlook and changed my course. There were two key concepts that I took from that seminar that had a real impact on my life. The first one was the success is nothing more than a few simple habits practiced every day and the second one was to work harder on myself than I do at my job. Both of this made sense and I started to immediately apply them. I became obsessed with reading. I wrote every day, kept a detailed journal and never missed a workout.
These simple habits paid off in really big ways. 2015 was a solid year that led to a stronger 2016 and 2017 has been my best year yet, but there was a second part to that message that Jim Rohn forgot to tell us; the more successful we become, the harder it is to work on ourselves.
Just about every success that I’ve had in 2017 came to me because of the work I put into myself; all of the simple habits that I practiced every day. But the more successful I became, the less time I found to practice those habits. I haven’t read as many books this year. I haven’t written as many blog posts and I haven’t been to the gym as consistently. I was too busy doing well to practice the habits that allowed me to do so well. I stopped working harder on myself than I was at my job.
Looking ahead at 2018, I know that if I’m going to continue to improve and top my best year, I have to get back to those simple habits. I’m working right now to develop my annual plan and it’s heavy on small habits. I’m setting some big goals but I’m focusing on the small things that will make it happen and I’m working on the tools I need to get there. As you look your plan, I’m hopeful that you’ll keep in mind that Jim Rohn was right, we have to work harder on ourselves than we do on our jobs but keep in mind, it’s going to get harder when all of that hard work pays off.