Where to in 2017? – The Future for Reaching Aspiration (& Me)

Starting Reaching Aspiration has truly changed my life and I know it has positively impacted others. I want to thank you all for the support I have received over the last few months.

Now, I have been evaluating where to next and timing is sometimes everything. I had been meditating on my direction for next year, when one of my digital mentors reached out to me about finding the balance between doing what I love and making money. What has become clear, is that I am not motivated by money, but I do recognise it’s power as an enabler to do what I love. So I will be heading back to Corporate next year to develop and enhance other skill sets and do what I do best, rapid problem solving. This while keeping in mind what I believe is required for me to find success and balance.

So for me, it’s back to work (being an income earner) and 2017 will be a foundational year based around, with my three main (public) goals, keep inspiring people, run a marathon and set up a project to change the world.

Goal 1 – Inspire People – Looking for Blog Contributors

Going forward I am going to continue to write blog posts. I will be able to write one blog post per week, but ideally would like two posts and this is where I need your help. I am looking for aspirational and inspirational stories, a blend between chicken soup for the soul and the more practical aspects of everyday life.

The two most popular posts to date, were written about me, warts and all. They were not literally masterpieces, they were not revolutionary, but readers could relate to them. I believe that this is because we live in a world where we are paradoxically more connected and isolated than ever. Never before in history, would people have a whole room to themselves, let alone a one bedroom flat! People like hearing about real people, the camp fire stories of old.

So, I am looking for people to commit to doing a blog post every 3 months or so. I’ll be happy to edit, if you are concerned about that.

Try.

Find someone with a story to tell, tell it. Have a message to get out, get it out. Contact us if you are interested.

Goal 2 – Run a Marathon

I have spent December working on exercises to allow me to transition to barefoot running, I’ll now be building up distances from scratch starting with a short 10 minutes. More on this journey to follow….

Goal 3 – Set up the Foundations to Change the World – Quality Abundance

Inspired by the works of Muhammad Yunus and Gunter Pauli, combined with the challenge to myself to get beyond “dabbling“.  I am now working with friends to begin the process of exploring how to create a company that sets up funds to invest in circular (systemic) business models, also known as the blue economy.

With 3 very basic investment criteria:

  • Reduces (-> eradicates) waste
  • Provides multiple cash flows
  • Uplifts the community

This project is very early days and I want to avoid making assumptions too early so I have little more to add at this stage, but we will be creating and drawing on community support, so look out for opportunities to get involved if this has piqued your interest.

This is my last post of the year, with Amanda doing a guest post tomorrow, so it’s time to let this year draw to a close and reflect on the learnings. But first a sneaky week-end trip to Istanbul to see in the New Year, see you all in 2017!

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