Happy New Year! Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2021!
Yesterday our family had pork and sauerkraut. Our good luck for the year secured. The meal got us talking about New Year’s Resolutions and traditions. Here’s a link to 27 Various New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions from around the world.
Some you’ve probably heard about — eating 12 grapes at midnight.
Here’s a few I’m just learning about — having the darkest haired person toss water out the front door.
Hope you had your black-eye peas/collard greens or pork & sauerkraut yesterday too.
Video link for today’s Saturday Cup of Joe:
New Year’s Resolutions — Are you in or out? FastCompany is offering these 7 alternatives.
1. Happiness. How do you Marie Kondo your life? Making a list of what makes you happy and what bums you out should have a bigger impact on your new year than any resolution. We do it with the objects in our homes but not the time commitments in our lives. Why not try it with those things you can’t see?
2. Add a skill. This sounds suspiciously like a resolution, nevertheless, what if you picked one thing to add to your repertoire this year? Incremental improvement rather than full scale habit.
3. Word or theme for the year. I somewhat disagree with this one though as someone who has long had a theme overall — answer well — I can’t be too critical. The incremental change here is replacing a resolution with a measurement. Instead of a word or theme, just apply a measurement to what you want to focus on. Why would your life be any different than your business? You get what you measure.
One goal of SCOJ = make us think differently about the world. This FastCompany article identified 10 “Most Exciting World Changing Ideas of 2020.” I told you last week I’m a sucker for year-end lists. Case and point.
I wanted to focus on two that should make you think differently — Cancel Rent and Reinvent our Cities.
Cancel Rent is obviously controversial and makes everyone — landlord, tenant or taxpayer — consider the why and what of cancelling rent. I don’t think cancelling rent is the best way to go about addressing the economic catastrophe mounting for many Americans. At the same time, refusing to address the “cancelling rent” concept and doing NOTHING is also inappropriate. We must bring innovation and change to these massive problems. Cancelling rent may or may not apply directly to your business but I promise the trends and feelings behind it do apply. How will you think differently about your team and your role?
Reinventing our Cities is a broad term that raises more questions than answers. There’s no question cities of all shapes and sizes must adapt. If necessity is the mother of invention, reinventing our cities is the perfect challenge in 2021. How are you thinking about “home” or about “community” or about “city”? How will that change your company or your team? I suspect more than we can predict right now. Focusing on the vaccine is good but vaccine or not in 2021, the implications of change will be much bigger and longer lasting.
“TV is the true mirror of our lives” — Shawn Hunter, Boy Meets World
What does The Simpsons say about America? Can considering controversial opinions and criticisms improve the way we look at a new year or a cultural trend? I think it can.
If The Simpsons is a commentary on middle class America over the last 30 years, what have we learned?
Here is a quote from the article linked above: From the author, “Erika Chappell, recently encapsulated my feelings about The Simpsons in a tweet: “That a show which was originally about a dysfunctional mess of a family barely clinging to middle class life in the aftermath of the Reagan administration has now become aspirational is frankly the most on the nose manifestations [sic] of capitalist American decline I can think of.”
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…” — Epictetus, Discourses, 2.5.4-.5
Continued success and continue to answer well all year!