4 Things 2016 Has Taught Me

Mannnnn, another year has almost passed without too many changes taking place and I don’t know whether that is good or bad. The worry is waking up in the year 2045 and realising that you have achieved none of the things that a younger, more ambitious you, wanted to.

Here are 4 things i’ve learnt this year that I’m hoping to take forward with me, I’m hoping will keep me happy and I’m hoping will keep me on track.


1) Ignore (most) Opinions

You can probably fit the amount of opinions you would actually ask for on one hand. So where are these other opinions coming from? Who knows. Only you fully understand your story. Only you have your best interests at heart. Ignore everyone else. In most cases these mystery opinions are incorrect, invaluable and in the ‘I don’t care’ pile.

2) Leave Work At The Office Door

You will never get back the time you spend worrying about work outside of office hours. Therefore, don’t do it. Read my tips for ending a day of work here, including leaving work on time and getting changed as soon as you get home. Evenings and weekends are over before you know it so don’t waste them.

3) Appreciate Your Health

I don’t know if it’s just me but is everyone dying? Yeah, I’m sure there was a more poetic way to say that but it doesn’t change my point. Once you strip away the unnecessary things we all hold dear, what is it that we actually need? Our health. Sure, fast cars are fun and big houses are impressive but don’t focus on achieving them if it’s detrimental to your health.

4) Set Yourself Goals

This isn’t just another boring exercise in setting yourself achievable and measurable targets. This is about identifying what is important to you, what it is you care about and how you are going to get it. To be honest, I’ll be disappointed if in ten years time I’m in exactly the same position as I am now. I want more free time and more balance in my life and that is my goal. Now i’ve got to work out how to achieve it.




  1. December 10, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I need to take these on board!

  2. Christine Turner
    December 12, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Love this post Chris. You’ve hit the nail on the head with your usual forensic clarity. Ignore the haters. Live your life. Be your BEST you. Take each day at a time. Live. Love. Dance like no one is watching. Hang up your hangups. Maximise YOU. Shower the one you love with love. Take time for yourself. Look in the mirror. Believe in yourself. Jesus is the one true love. Be yourself.

    Have a great 2017 x

  3. December 12, 2016 / 10:07 am

    So so true – what are you going to value more when you’re 80 – the fact that you spent 1947264595 hours in the office or the fact that you worked hard to earn enough money, but also above all valued your family and friends and health and having enough time to enjoy doing things with them! Alice xx


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