Plan Backwards – Achieve More

The dawning of a new year is naturally an ideal time to take stock, make plans and think about the goals we want to achieve and changes we want to make in the year ahead. But experience tells us that the majority of New Year resolutions fall by the wayside, and by February most of us will be back to square one. So if you fancy doing things a bit differently this year — here’s another approach: Imagine that it’s the end of 2015 and you’re sitting down to reflect on the successes and achievements of the year just passed. … Continue reading

A Radical Approach to the New Year

I feel as if this Tip should be preceded by one of those warnings they give you on TV: “Warning — this Tip contains radical concepts and scenes of an explosive nature…” That’s because I’m not starting 2014 with a nice gentle tip about setting New Year Resolutions but something altogether more challenging. It’s inspired by an article I read a few years ago by US Coach Michael Neil.  In his article Michael describes a radical process he had gone through to breathe some new life into his coaching business. He called it, rather dramatically, ‘Blowing Up Your Business’ and … Continue reading

‘Tis the Season … for Reflection

  I’m finding it hard to believe that Christmas is only a few days away and it’s only two weeks until the end of the year. Where did this year go? The space between Christmas and the end of the year can be a great time to take a step back and reflect on the ups and downs of the past year, see what lessons there are to be learned, and to create some plans for the coming year. For those who really want to get their teeth into this, I recommend Jinny Ditzler’s book ‘Your Best Year Yet!’, which … Continue reading

3 Keys to Success in 2012

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. (Edith Lovejoy Pierce) I really like these words. They're a helpful reminder that whatever the time of the year (but perhaps especially the turning of a new one) we are the authors of our own story. And so, with that in mind, here are a few suggestions of how to make the very best of the year to come. 1. Plan Backwards Imagine that it’s the end of 2012 … Continue reading

Upside-Down Goal Setting

Like many others, I’m not a fan of New Year Resolutions. Naturally, the dawning of a brand new year is a great time to take stock and think about all the changes we want to make; but experience shows that the majority of resolutions fall by the wayside, and by February most of us will be back to our bad old ways. So if you want to make changes – and like the idea of doing things a bit differently this year – here’s a new approach: Rather than looking ahead from the beginning of January and trying to figure … Continue reading