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Headline Rest, Renewal and Planning for the Year Ahead

Grateful to be here in Malta allowing myself some time out for rest, renewal and to plan for the year(s) ahead.

Rest of Blog For how many people will get the chance to take some time out to step back and ask themselves what true success and happiness will mean for them over the coming year(s) in their life and work. If you never define your vision of success and happiness, for the year(s) ahead then nothing is going to change and whatever is most urgent will always get done first.

If you only do what is urgent at any given time, your life will not go forward in the way that you would have hoped. Living like this will not give you a successful, happy, fulfilling and productive year(s) ahead. If the most important things are not prioritised and done first, there is a real danger that everything will be treated as equal.

So, this time for me is all about separating the urgent from the important and making sure over the next 12 months to work on getting the important done.

Like setting out on any journey, it is vital to know where you are headed, even if you don’t know how you are going to get there.

It is important to start with the end in mind, but there is a need to guard against the end being a dead end. There is always the chance of this happening and that is why I am here, giving myself some time for rest, renewal and allowing for the planning of the year ahead.

With a vision now being set out for the year ahead, there will be a great chance to go into 2018 with a clear sense of direction with greater focus and clarity.

To now have the power of a written plan for the year ahead against which every decision concerning the most effective use of my time and energy can be effectively measured against.

As I sit here writing up my plan there is also the need to look at what I want to eliminate from my life, what it is I want to add to it and what I want to leave unchanged over the coming 12 months.

To keep what is good, remove what is bad and add what will make the year ahead one of true and real success and happiness for me.

Really do hope that regardless of where you are in your life at this time, you get to give yourself some space and time out to see where it is you want to bring your life and work over the coming year and years ahead.

Take good care and a very Happy Christmas to you.

New Year Resolutions – Staying On Track For A New You

So how are you getting on with your New Year resolutions and all it is you wanted to achieve this year? Good I hope – did you get your goals for the year ahead written down – only three per cent of people have written goals and only one per cent review these written goals daily. While it will take time, dedication and commitment, it is possible to be in the one per cent. So get your goals written down – the goals it was you wanted to achieve as you set out to live 2017 to the best of your ability. For when you get your goals written down they will become a set of actions that will have to be done and, if completed successfully, the life you want to be living will become a reality.

For without clear goals, ambition or firm direction, the tendency will be to spend too much time doing small, easy tasks, leaving insufficient time and energy for the larger, more difficult and perhaps more important projects. Remember, when you set your goals and get them written down, you build up your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals and begin to develop the traits and personality that will allow you to achieve them. Knowing what you want to achieve makes it clear what to concentrate on and improve on, and often you then subconsciously priorities that goal. Your goals will also motivate you in the short term and focus your attention on achieving what you have set out to do.

Self-leaders learn to differentiate between what is important and what is absolutely crucial. This is what you must do, too, with your goals: identify what is crucial and not just what is important. This means prioritising your goals and what it is you must get done so as to achieve the life you want to be living. Every success as you either start a fresh or carry on doing all that’s right in your life to make it one of true and real success.

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