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By our guest blogger, Carole Appleby, Coach and Professional Communicator, Blue Horizon Associates Ltd.

So we’re into February already. How are those New Year resolutions holding up?  90% of the time they last for a week or at the most a month. Or maybe you’re still getting over the rigours of a ‘dry January’? Why do we put ourselves through this every year? Why is it that we start the New Year with some ambitious resolutions only to fail miserably by February? So…

…how about thinking about a re-solution instead? Thinking differently…..

Depending your attitude to life, each new day brings with it the possibility of a fresh start. Fresh starts are not really about something happening, or someone coming along to give us permission to be different. Fresh starts are an attitude of mind. We can simply decide: ‘today I am different.’

I was reminded about personal achievement when I went along with Scott Hingley to the comms2point0 ‘unawards’ in Birmingham a couple of months ago. Our good friends at Touch Design sponsored the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ which went to Fran Collingham, Assistant Director of Communications at Coventry City Council. Congrats to Fran and well done to Touch Design for taking the time to celebrate personal excellence and achievement.

To get you thinking….

So what does YOU at your best actually look like? Feel like? What are you doing? Thinking? Saying?

A question to ponder – what’s the stuff that’s getting in the way of you being your best?

Lots of people never actually give this any thought. Once you start noticing that ‘stuff’, it is the first step to being able to deal with it.

You don’t need a new year to make that fresh start towards your excellent self, because somewhere in this world, the sun rises every day. And for every minute of every day, someone’s sun is rising.  Is it yours? Fresh starts can be any minute of any day.

The next chapter is down to you. Other people might shape it but only you can decide on the next steps. What will you do to make tomorrow a fresh start and live the life you intend?

Carole Appleby, Coach and Professional Communicator,  Blue Horizon Associates Ltd 07817 803221

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