Yesterday, after a rowdy, boozy night out with my work friends, I chose to give up drinking and not eat meat for the next month.
Yes I know! It’s just four days before Christmas. Shouldn’t I be stocking the fridge with a case of over-priced Pinot Gris and stuffing a factory-farmed turkey up the butt?
Nope. I’m not doing it. I just don’t feel festive. I’m staging my own private ‘anti-festive season’ protest. No booze. No meat. No carols. No gifts. No family (except the occasional interaction with my ‘never-at-home’ 19-year-old son, Billy).
The truth is, I’ve felt un-festive about the festive season for years. I’ve just never understood the rampant consumerism, the over-eating, the over-drinking, the family shenanigans and the pointless gift giving*. And I certainly don’t need the festive season as a reason to spend time with those I love.
So instead of being festive, I’m going to spend the next 21 days [mostly] in isolation, in deep introspection and at peak productivity. I’ve set myself two x three–week Purpose Projects to achieve by Thursday the 12th of January, at which time I will report into my business coach. The first project is to have a fully self-edited version of my book completed and emailed to her. (The second project is private so I won’t be sharing it publicly, sorry.)
Whether you love the festive season or not, the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, is a perfect time to pick a Purpose Project and just do it, no matter how big or small.
What’s your purpose project? I’d love to know.
In the meantime, have a fabulous un-festive season or a fabulous festive season, whichever works for you. See you in 2017.
PS: You can download a sample chapter of the book on my website
PPS: Need some clarity on your purpose? Check out our courses coming up.
*According to the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s estimated that Australian’s will spend $8.8 billion dollars on Christmas presents this year. Holy hell! Just imagine the difference that money could make to those less fortunate.