Here’s a quick, informal chat from North Head, Sydney (5 minutes from Manly) and a stunning view we just discovered today.
We’re enjoying a little R & R and reviewing 2012. I can be a little hard on myself and see what’s not complete yet, or not as fabulous as I imagined, but when I reflect on the year that’s been, and the previous ones – wow – I have come a long way and done some cool stuff and I’m very grateful.
My intention this year was to spend more time with family, and a little less travel (though I love it). It feels like I’ve traveled almost as much as in the past few years, but in reality, I’ve done almost half as many trips, and more of them with family than not. I took Ethan to Sydney to march with my Grandad, (his Great-Grandad) on ANZAC Day, Lyndon to New Zealand as I was speaking at a conference there, had family holidays on the beach in April and September, and took Grandad to Kokoda for a week in October/November for the 70th Anniversary of the Australian victory at Kokoda. Now I’m at the beach with Lyndon & Ethan, my parents and my younger brother and his lovely family.
A quick review of my business reveals that I’ve coached some incredible achievers to publish books and articles, launch exhibitions and seminars and increase their overall personal effectiveness and confidence. I’ve spoken at National and State Conferences and to local groups of all kinds, including Red Cross and the RSL Sub-Branch. I facilitated Conversations With Entrepreneurs which resulted in amazing connections for many people.
I launched our Young Achievers Giveaway on wwww.liftingthelid.com and have several other creative works in progress, including my next book, “Why It’s Great To Talk To Strangers”.
I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone on numerous occasions, and I can see plenty of times when I didn’t, and could have. I’ve noticed that at times, my pride got in the way of asking for help, and I’m choosing to learn from that, rather than beat myself up. Whether we pull something off successfully or let ourselves (and others) down, we can learn from it and create positive outcomes in the future.
So I want to encourage you to unpack the gold that’s buried in your 2012. There’s hidden treasure you don’t know about. Reflecting is a valuable experience that helps you dream about what’s possible and plan a purposeful and exciting future.
There are countless ways to start a New Year well, and many experts telling you how. Take the advice that resonates with you, and let go of the “should” or expectations that only add pressure. Pay attention to your intuition, your gut feel. If you’re not truly inspired to do something that others are doing, you might just hurt yourself. And don’t hold back if you really want to do something and others discourage you. Be YOU. Go for it.
And write it all down! Writing is essential for reflecting, creating insights and planning success. Pen and paper are your best friend!
So, now I’m off to the beach, and will be back with clarified dreams for the coming year and beyond. There will be more inspiring publications to cheer you on, I’ll be continuing to coach high achievers of high integrity, I’ll be speaking at more conferences and facilitating more insightful conversations that connect Difference-Makers and make the world a brighter place.
Happy New Years!!!
Cheering you on,
PS. The audio here is the same one as last weeks – just in case you missed it! It will help you reflect and plan – I promise. All you need is pen and paper and a quiet thinking space. Enjoy!!! And let me know how you go – I’d love to hear your feedback or exciting updates!
Oh, and if you want a speedy, Significant Shift, Contact Me with the words Significant Shift Enquiry, for a free consult to discover more about the Significant Shift Session and how you can be super-proud of yourself in 2013.