Every year should be better for you than the last one was, and one way to make sure that happens is to treat each year as a contract.
- Consider everything you’ve done and are doing this year, and decide whether you want to take it with you into the next. Look at your current living situation, your roommates, your wardrobe, your personal brand. What do you want to take with you into 2015? What should you leave in the past?
- Fire the clients that cost too much time for too few returns. These clients could be a relationship, a job, a habit, or anything else that has bad ROI. As a professional, signing contracts you need to “get by” will do that and only that. You’ll get by, learn for a little while as all new experiences go, and then you’ll stop growing, stop moving and maybe even stop dreaming.
- Discuss renewal terms. Every time you renew a contract, you know a little more about the company than you did at the last contract signing. Maybe now you know the company is stingy with vacation leave, or they are not paying you a living wage. Now that you are equipped with the knowledge of experience, get better terms moving forward. You could agree to give yourself every Sunday to relax, or to save up more of your paycheck for retirement.
- A contract exists to ensure the survival and encourage the growth of the company and signee. When a professional signs a contract, he or she is there to help the success of the company. A historic researcher wouldn’t sign a contract to teach math. Look at what parts of your contract didn’t result in the success of all parties. What parts of your life aren’t helping you grow and learn?
Happy New Year! Make it better than the last.