Insights to shelve in 2012

Posted on December 8, 2011


It’s that special time of year when I start putting thought into my plans, hopes and dreams for 2012. Having lunch with my friend Brett the other day, we briefly chatted about goals and resolutions and we came to the conclusion that firm goals are really pretty 80’s … a thing of the past that conjure up vile interview questions such as ‘Where do you want to be in 5 years?’

Thing is, if you set goals in stone, you’re left blinkered to new doors opening and other opportunities that come your way … opportunities that may require a deviation but will lead to new exciting journeys and otherwise un-trodden paths. For this reason, my goal spreadsheet is just called ‘My Compass’ and states nothing more than the direction I want to be following rather than any ultimate destination.

Timely as ever, a great news bulletin from the one and only Robin Sharma arrived in my inbox yesterday all about setting new goals for a new year.  He says, as we reflect, deliberate and journal on our 2011 and as we consider our mission, values and goals for 2012, we must bear in mind six insights.

Here they are:


The number one reason you may not be where you want to be in your life is who you currently are v the external conditions you might be blaming. It’s stunning how our limiting beliefs and core fears sabotage us and keep us small.

Take a good hard look at why you are where you are. Is the truth that you’re scared of failure or rejection or the unknown or success? Find the power to make new choices that will deliver shining results!


We get from life not all we want but who we are. To have more, we must become more. The more you can learn, grow and provoke your potential, the more all you want will begin to show up.

Start working more with affirmations, reading the books of world-class people and hanging out with superstars … we all know people who inspire and motivate us.


Make being busy being busy a thing of the past. What’s the point of being uber productive doing useless things?

We need to master how to make the leap from being busy to achieving results. Two quick ways: turn off your technology for a few hours each day and do real work and second, make your Stop Doing List more important than your To Do List. (MEGA note to self)


Fact: the next 10 years will be nothing like the last 10 years. This leaves us with one choice: innovate – or become obsolete.

So to win in 2012, out-think who you were this year, out-learn what you learned and outwork the way you worked. Read constantly. Iterate daily. And ferociously improve every part of the way you think, work and live.


It’s stunning how many people accept mediocrity in their health, finances, work, relationships and mindset. Why settle for anything that doesn’t wow you?

Next year, don’t tolerate any form of average, don’t accept dis-excellence and don’t stand for mediocrity. If you’re going to settle, only settle for the best.


Life’s a short ride so you need to live your dreams. Write that book you’ve always fantasised about, run that race on the other side of the world, sign up to that adventure you’ve had your heart set on for years. But remember too, to make time for life’s simple pleasures. Savour every single one of life’s gifts.

Happy planning for 2012!

I’m nearly there with ‘My Compass’ … needless to say, there are one or two big races nestled in there! 

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