Be prepared to work hard to make new year plans work

IF the end of the year is something to look forward to, then the very beginning is something we all kind of look forward to getting out of the way.

As refreshed, as holiday-ed up and sun drenched as we might feel post summer hols, those first few days heading back to work can be hard work in itself.

No matter how pumped you might feel and no matter how much you might love the job, it's just hard work.

But at the same time, there can be no better time of year for evaluating your lot - both on the work playing field and off it.

Everything is fair game - job, career, study, and relationships - the lot. It's at this time of year you take stock.

And it's at this time of year you start to reassess priorities and consider what it is in your life that you want to define as important.

It's funny isn't it? You go through a whole year, and you plod along, reaching goals (hopefully), doing what you do and then it is left to one time in the year to determine what comes next?

It's bizarre, and while we all tell ourselves we should be more forward looking all year around, for whatever reason doing it at this time of year just works.

So what are your plans? Ask yourself that. Take a good hard look at where you are at and what you are doing, and ask whether it is where you want to be.

And give yourself the courtesy of an honest answer.

It's only then that you can move forward and make plans. Real plans. And be prepared to work for it.

Don't think just making up your mind is going to get you there. Absolutely, that's a big part of the battle fought and won.

But most importantly, be prepared to go the distance and make it happen.

No excuses! And then, just wait until you see where you are at this time next year.

Good luck.

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