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The passing of another year (2012)

Watch out.

In a moment, you will be deluged with a plethora of 2012 round-ups, best of… and self-referential diaries.

Each one will do its best to cover the Highs and Lows of the last year. But, let’s face it, this year has been hard: no growth, a fragile jobs market and the cost of living continuing to challenge many a household budget.

However, rather than look back, now is the time to start meaningful planning for 2013, and beyond.

I’m not talking about another wasted exercise coming up with your hope list, which usually includes a slew of must haves, must dos or personal accomplishments.

No, I’m talking about how you become what you truly are.

What does that look like?

Surely not a different job description, or doing more of the same?

To want more, you have to become more, and that means challenging the accepted wisdom, doing more of what makes you live and never giving up, whatever others might say.

I will be 46 next year, and I figure that my life is more than half-way done. That means, if I’m lucky, I will have 20 years or so of good health but I can expect at least one blip along the way. That doesn’t scare me but rather hardens my resolve not to waste another moment in the pursuit of incremental growth. For me, it’s all about trying to change as a person from this rather introspective, stilted and shy person to someone who is prepared to risk more, aim higher and make a dent in my little Universe.

I’m not sure where I read it (and it has come up more than once) but I think it helps in accomplishing new things, if we publicly declare our intentions. I have already spelled out some of my plans, but I expect to open up more and let you know what my own vision for 2013 and beyond looks like, if only that I can hold myself properly to account.

I am not wishing 2012 away, but I feel that 2013 will be my make or break year. If I don’t crack the code then I may just have to resign myself to another failed experiment.

– Julian

PS. I posted out a copy of Do the Work, Ship It and Zig Ziglar’s goals programme. Please watch out on Twitter and this blog for further announcements regarding the further copies of Do the Work and the War of Art that I will be giving away.

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