FOCUS, ADJUSTMENTS AND PRIORITIES – WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

by helen on January 12, 2012

In January last year, I said that I wanted 2011 to be my year of change. I wanted to get fit and lose weight, have more fun with more people, develop my business network and win 10 new clients, and manage my time more effectively. I wanted to take control of my life and enjoy it more.

So was it and did I?

Reviews are wonderful things. I think we should all take the time to do it more often. Not just to see where we are going wrong, but to remind ourselves that a lot of what we do does make a difference.

2011 was my year of change in many ways. Not all of them good ones.

My family changed. Days before her 72nd birthday at the end of September, my mum was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour – a glioblastoma. It was a complete shock to all of us. Despite a three month prognosis, mum remained positive and strong which was an absolute inspiration to the rest of us. Where she found the strength for that I just don’t know.

Life became totally surreal and normal routines were abandoned. We spent as much time together as a family as possible doing the things mum wanted to do.

She died at home on Friday 9 December.

She was the sun at the centre of our universe. She made things happen. She made things that went wrong right. She was always there for me.

We are adjusting to life without her.

My business network grew. Thanks to social networking I have met a lot of new people across Yorkshire and continue to learn with them and from them. Financially, I didn’t have the best year in business, but I can honestly say that it has been a positive year for me professionally. More people know about me, I have at least six new names on my invoice spreadsheet, and I am involved in some interesting campaigns with some great people.

I will continue to network both on and offline with new and old friends, focusing my time on the people, organisations and projects which get me closer to my goal of winning business that I enjoy.

So two out of four isn’t too bad – and gives me hope that this year I can build on my successes and learn from my experiences in 2011 to make 2012 the year I get my priorities right.

My resolutions this year aren’t all about me – and that’s the lesson that I take from my year of change.

Mum spent a lot of her life making the world a better place for the people she cared about. I’d like people to remember me the way I and so many others remember her – making a difference.

So my resolution this year is to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and work colleague.

But I won’t be doing it alone. I know I can count on a little help from my friends…

I am lucky to have such a fantastic family and also, friends and business colleagues who have given me tremendous support over the past 12 months, and especially towards the end of last year. It has meant a lot to me.

Thank you. And I hope to be able to do the same for you.

Now, how will you make a difference this year?

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