At this time of the year, I start to think about how I should best use the next twelve months.
Being someone who has been self-employed since 1982, running a film production company, the decisions I make impact directly on my wife, my family, and my own personal and professional circumstances.
The times when I’ve made these decisions rationally, and based out of fear, have been the times when those years have been tough.
The times when I’ve made the decisions intuitively, and had the courage to follow through with those intuitive choices – well, things have worked out.
Lately, I’ve been thinking of how I can be in service to others.
And by that, I mean: what can I do that ultimately will matter?
There’s a lot I could do that wouldn’t matter.
And it might well make me a lot of money.
But I’ve learned through hard experience that when I’ve gone down that path, often it hasn’t led to the financial rewards I was expecting, it’s only ever led to difficulties and disappointments.
I’ve learned that if I act in service, then the rewards will follow. And if they don’t, then that’s cool too – at least I’ve contributed something. At least I’ve done something that matters.
And that’s reward enough for me.
To be in service doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do big things – service can lie in the little things that light up someone else’s life. It’s an energetic transaction.
The energy you get back is the pleasure from giving.
This coming year, think about being in service.
About doing what matters.
The rewards will be wonderful.