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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.

The College Reunion

 Going to the 25th College Reunion tonight and looking forward to it. There will be about twelve us there. Not bad seeing as only fifteen of us finished in the class after 3 years together. It started out with 20 students. One guy has passed way since finishing. One can’t make it from Australia and one other did. One is away on a family holiday, a mix up with the dates; no doubt they will be in touch by phone when we are all together.

We and when I say we, I mean me, as I have been planning it since January, so really looking forward to catching up with everyone. Another one has made it from the USA, which is great as we haven’t seen her in twenty years.

The author Seth Godin talks about “tribes”, asking who your tribe is. Some really good American friends ask who do, you run with. Well, back in the day they were my tribe, the people that I ran with then. We were a small group of people challenging, supporting and encouraging each other to be the best that we could be. We couldn’t have made it without each other. We made life easier for each other. We wanted the best for each other. Now over the last twenty five years our lives have brought us in many different directions. Yet, many of us are still in touch on an individual basis.

It won’t be a night of secretly checking out who’s doing the best in their careers, marriage, parenting skills etc. It will be a night to celebrate each other’s company, laugh about the old times and wish each other the very best for the future and the next reunion. Now, if someone is struggling and we can help them out, we will, that’s a given.
When the night finishes I’ll be grateful for the time we had together. Yet, I’ll be even more grateful to them for the time we ran together as a tribe so many years back. Will also give thanks and be so grateful for the tribe that I now run with.

Truly hope you are getting to run with a good tribe now. If so, be grateful and thank them. If you haven’t found your tribe yet, hang in there and make sure to celebrate when you do.

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