December 24, 2013

What's Next?


One of the best things about Christmas is having the time away from work to reflect upon the past 12 months. I admit that I haven’t found much time to properly consider everything that’s gone on throughout 2013. However I have returned to my blog of December 2012. In that blog I posted 10 New Year resolutions. They were a blend of work related and personal goals for the year. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had accomplished eight out of the ten. My shortcomings are no. 7 (I didn’t do any triathlons in 2013, although I am now a proud owner of a road bike, thank you Cycle to Work scheme) and my best guess is that I also failed to achieve resolution no. 4. (to send fewer emails). Nevertheless, a busy, challenging and fruitful year.        
I was out last Sunday evening at my local pub quiz with a close friend. In between failing miserably to answer the questions, he opined that developing and agreeing a long list of resolutions for 2014 would be foolish, suggesting in the alternative that it would be more productive to determine just one overarching aim. The example given was his personal goal to complete the Great North Run in September 2014. He argued that by achieving this then he would have to by default achieve all the other standard New Year resolutions (e.g. to eat and drink less, to exercise more, to do something new etc). His approach got me thinking as to whether I could equally determine one central goal for the year. It perhaps sounds rather irksome, but the work related goal could be to deliver everything we have said we would in Talent First and our other plans/work agendas. As for one overarching personal goal? Here’s the rub – the family insist it should be “to spend more time at home” with them – a dictomony indeed, not least as I also really want to get those triathlons done. So, it’s a real challenge for us all as we juggle our many commitments, interests and goals.  

For the time being though perhaps we should settle with simply enjoying Christmas – a very well deserved break and hopefully an opportunity for you to slow down and relax.    
May I sincerely thank you for your hard work, commitment and support throughout the year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Andy

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