It’s become something of a tradition for me to reflect on the past 12 months in my first post of the new year and to consider what I’d like the coming year to hold for me. As I’ve done in the past, I want to reiterate that this isn’t about resolutions or goals for the year. It’s merely me thinking aloud on paper about what I’d like to see happen in my business in the foreseeable future.
Looking back to my first post of 2017 I wrote about my amazement that I’d achieved so many of the items I’d laid out as intentions in January 2016, despite not consciously having done so. I found exactly the same thin when I looked back at my first post from 2017 – it’s almost like those intentions had been sitting in the back of my mind and subtly shaping everything I did last year.
2017 was a year in which I clarified the area I want to work in – namely explaining how people who are differently abled accomplish tasks to facilitate our inclusion into society and the workplace, and to build relationships with the various role-players in that sector. Certainly that was the focus of much of my speaking and the media opportunities that came my way, many of which I’ve already shared with you. I’ve also started making better use of different technologies and, as you’ll no doubt agree, this will be a continuous focus since technology is constantly changing.
Here’s where I set a few of my intentions for 2018:
- Start working on my next book – whatever that turns out to be
- Continue Building and consolidating my brand
- Extend my network of those working in the disability sector to leverage real and tangible change
- Continue experimenting with new technologies and using them to build my business
And so, let’s see what the new year brings…
May I wish you everything of the best for 2018 – let’s hope it is a positive, productive and profitable year for us all!
Last year, at the beginning of 2016, I wrote an article about what I hoped I would be able to achieve in the year. Looking back at that article a few days ago I was surprised – and delighted – to realize that I’d achieved most of the targets I’d set for myself – I’d finished and published my book, I’d given a few presentations and workshops, had spent time polishing my own skills as a speaker and facilitator… and written 50 articles for the year. Tracking what I’d done against my intentions for the year gave me quite a feeling of accomplishment!
Of course, the question now becomes what I want to achieve during 2017. Like I said last year, I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions… In fact, I’m not really one for setting myself specific goals for the year. Rather, I prefer having a set of intentions – broad ideas of some of the areas I’d like to focus on over the next 12 months.
And here they are:
- Continue to market my new book, ”A Different Way of Seeing”
- Continue developing my speaking business into new areas
- Investigate using new technologies to create new initiatives as a speaker, facilitator and author… at least, technologies that are new to me!
- Investigate different channels to allow me to reach new audiences.
- Continue writing regular articles for this blog and building my mailing list
- Foster relationships with organisations and individuals in the disability/blindness community around the world
As I’ve already said, these aren’t goals in the traditional sense – they certainly aren’t SMART goals – but they are guidelines that will help me plan what activities to spend my time on in 2017.
So as we enter a new year, with all its bright shiny opportunities, may I wish you all a sparkling and exciting year full of fun, laughter, learning and love!