Your Biggest Obstacle in 2024 is YOU

In case you think I am preaching at you, or patronising you, I am not.

I am writing this to myself, as much as I am to you.

Your biggest obstacle in 2024 is you. Because whatever ‘happens’, you’re the one who has to respond. And before anything ‘happens’, you can clarify for yourself how you’re going to show up for yourself in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Now is the time to set your intentions. Be clear on your plans if there’s some change you want to create for yourself.

Most people we encounter on our corporate coaching programmes spend way more time ‘doing’ than either ‘being’ or ‘thinking’ or ‘reflecting’. As a result, they’re constantly busy and feel they are poor managers of their own time.

As a consequence, their capacity to lead others is diminished.

Why? They need to lead themselves first.

They need to prime themselves for the unpredictable, unrelenting, uncertain world of business and living that they’re expected to perform well in.

This Harvard Business Review article was shared with me by a client last week. The article is about overworking. It’s such an easy habit to fall into.

As firms continue to focus on profitability as 2024 unfolds, that means higher staff utilisation. It means people will be asked to do more with less. Occasionally this means working longer hours. Just don’t let it last too long, it’s hard to claw your way back.  

Overworking is unproductive at best. It’s certainly unsustainable.

If you’re not supporting yourself, how can you build and develop others effectively?

The article closes with the following recommendations:

  1. Focus on two primary commitments; sleep and exercise.
  2. Choose one activity in your life that gives you purest enjoyment.
  3. Become more aware of what you’re feeling in your body.

As I refine and clarify my own longer-term goals and medium-term plans to achieve them, I couldn’t agree with the closing recommendations more.