The only time of year I’d consider doing something (just for a moment) a little bit dull…

It’s strange isn’t it… at the start of a new year it’s customary to look back over the last year, and look forward to the new…

Have you?

Well, although I’m particularly useless at many things (‘She Who Must…’ would say most things), I already have a whole load of very exciting things planned for this year that I’m absolutely convinced will be even bigger and better than last year (and last year was pretty good, although I’m trying to convince those around me that austerity measures need to be firmly in place…to prevent unnecessary over-indulgence in double-sided post-it notes and gold plated staples or whatever it is that people get excited about in times of plenty…)

As always, complacency simply will just not do…So I’m planning to ensure this year is better still… my best yet… (and I hope you choose this for yourself too).

Yes, I’ve looked back at the successes from last year (I’ve seen what worked brilliantly and what was only ‘ok’…) and most importantly learnt from these results and planned for 2011 to be my best year yet.
Yes, I know… I’m using the ‘p’ word … planning.

At school I remember drifting off in to my own dream world when the ‘p’ word was mentioned, usually coupled with teachers with concerned faces talking about revision time tables and study plans… …well that’s what I imagine they said, after a while all I could hear was … ‘blah, blah, blah’…  Planning can be awfully dull.

But surely planning for an outcome of your choosing is completely different and far more exciting… Maybe you are planning to be £100,000 wealthier by the end of the year (or £10 million, even £100 million…).

With the steps in place, why not?!!

But there’s one thing for sure, if you’re waiting for somebody to come knocking at your door to deliver £100,000 to you in crisp bank notes, you’ll be waiting a long time.

You need to plan for this to happen.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to ski… So, do it!! However, you must plan your actions carefully – simply strapping on some polished planks, clambering to the top of a mountain and pushing yourself off is hardly likely to result in a beautiful decent…

…As my panicked calls of “Brace yourself Theresa” are testament, whilst hurtling down a snowy Bulgarian mountainside a few years back…
And that was with a few hours of beginners ski school under the belt!  (I seem to recall colliding with her as ‘She Who Must…’ looked on disapprovingly and ending up in a heap at the bottom of the mountain, skis to the skies, lodged in some type of spruce. No broken bones though … fortunately.

So whatever it is that you want in your life this year, be it financial success, learning a new skill, or the pursuit of something completely different that you’ve always dreamed of doing. Plan to make it a reality starting now… (please don’t find yourself on New Year’s Day 2012 setting yourself the same goals as previous years… You really can make this year what you want it to be…!)

So , here’s to a super 2011 … now, just plan to make it a reality   (I’ll be sending out some useful opportunities and ideas along the way…)

By the way… Last year I got the notion that I’d like to go on a month long wine tasting tour all around Australia… so guess where I’m off to this weekend?… (again, it just took a little planning 😉 … So be prepared for a few wine related tips throughout the whole of January, in between my vineyard visits!

Tim Sig
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