Happy New Year from Barbados – January 2018

 In #SuccessTips, Newsletter
Imagine my shock and horror to find that I had clicked on the sent button before I was ready – apologies to those of you who received an unintelligible copy of this newsletter a few minutes ago and wondered if I had consumed too much rum punch – way to go, 2018! ?
 
In my defence, I just found an illustration that goes something like this: “A potter making a new pot began by intentionally marring the pot. He does so because it is inevitable that he will make mistakes and his work will fall short of perfection. By purposefully making an error, he frees himself from the fear of trying to avoid that first mistake and can give all his intention to creating a beautiful piece despite the imperfection”. To be honest, I’m not sure this works because it now puts pressure on me to create a beautiful piece, lol.
 
Instead, I want to offer a New Year message of encouragement:
 
“If the previous year hasn’t given you something to be happy and proud of, don’t fret. If the 31st of December signifies the end of a year, the 1st of January signifies the beginning. You have life; you have hope, go out there and accomplish all that you want.”
 
Today is January 3. Yesterday was New Year’s Resolution Day and research shows that 80% of people give up on their New Years resolution by the 2nd week of February! So for many, the clock of failure and disappointment is already ticking. But, as business and life coach Tony Robbins says, the difference between those who stick to their New Year’s resolutions and those who don’t is:
 
Clarity of Purpose. And a Plan.
 
In order for your ‘resolutions’ to amount to more than are just desires or fun things you wish would happen, you need to be crystal clear about what exactly you want to accomplish and why. Next, ask yourself how you will do it and what (or who) you need to make it happen. Be as specific as possible and make sure you set time aside and schedule reminders in your calendar to keep track of your progress. Finally, write it down and tell someone else about it so that you are accountable.
 
Here’s one of mine: I will finish writing my Money Tips Journal by February 15th. I will schedule 5 hours every week to write until it is done. There, I’ve said it! Now I’ve got to do it and I have to report back to you all with the good news in February ?
 
Finally, don’t forget to check out the courses on the events page of my website and to tell others about it! I received this beautiful email at the end of last year which shows you just how valuable they are:
 
Hi Carol…It was really great to meet you and I left your course feeling so motivated I have already actioned several things…I think the North West is missing out on your valuable experience and expertise…some of the best training I have had in a long time…inspirational or informative.
 
That’s it for now, don’t forget to share this with someone else and let me know what your most important resolution is for the year.
 
Love and blessings,
Carol
 
Carol Akiwumi
Social Entrepreneur * Fundraising Consultant * Trainer
 
Let’s connect on Twitter/Skype/LinkedIn: @AmickyCarol
 
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