The real question in starting a new year is will be it 'new' - what will be changed? - or are we just doing the same old but in a new version?Much of my life I've been involved in groups that portray great vision and drive. Often the vision was restated annually and some significant structural change made every 2 yrs (which will make all the difference guys if we get into it and give our all) .
Guess what? Actually it was just the same with a new wrapper. The same problems arrived in 18 months time which initiated another round of structural changes and team pumping (guys come on, lets get guilty!) Real change needs clarity of focus, determination through actions and some pain. But it also needs NEW EYES.
We need to have the courage to see our work, home, lives in a fresh way. To actually contemplate the possibilities of our dreams and ask 'why not'? The most stretching times in my life have been when I have started again. I said goodbye to being a dental surgeon in private practise after 8 years, knowing I needed more in life. Seventeen years later I said goodbye to my company which had led the market in multiple areas in the UK. Three years later I said goodbye to the charitable trust I had been foundational in rebuilding. None of these changes were easy, but they produced a euphoria of possibilities and freedom. They all denied continuation on the basis of all the good reasons my mum would have given me! Sometimes I could have done a lot better. But it was real change and I am grateful. Simon