So, What did 2016 ever give me?

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I think I had some pretty specific goals in mind for myself for 2016. However, I have forgotten the details. None the less, I will revisit what I recall and see how this year delivered on the goals that I was after.

The one goal I know I spoke about what running a sub 50-minute 10km race. That I did not achieve. I did manage a 51 minute 10kay, but not below. However, I have figured out WHY I was struggling and have been doing some serious strength and speed work in order to make this a more realistic goal for 2017…. I am almost certain I can get down to 4:30 per km in 2017.

This year was also targeted for me to start getting some of my own initiatives (workshops, talks, books etc) off the ground. I am glad to say that this did in deed happen for the most part. I gave a couple of writing workshops, did some entrepreneur and presentation coaching. More importantly, I also resurrected my creative activation AND the Rock Star Rules (more on that later).

This year I also started and finished writing a new book: The Entrepreneurs Emotional Toolbox. It is currently being edited and designed and will be released in the first quarter of next year.

In general, the building blocks are now in place and I have a much better of idea of where I am and how it works. 2017 is going to be every interesting as I start to build on that. My biggest lesson was that I have been perhaps a bit conservative and modest in my approach and expectations. But, as someone who has been impulsive mostly, this was not a bad thing.

Amsterdam is very definitely now my home and I am not going anywhere anytime soon (except on holiday) and this year helped to affirm that while laying some foundations for a future I can be excited about. I haven’t really though too hard about my goals for 2017, but they certainly include taking The Rock Star Rules to market in a new and exciting way (with a new partner in crime), launching the new book and doing some talks around that.

I also intend to become a better Business English teacher and coach at the same time. All of these things are so interlinked I sometimes forget to mention this. But I have been teaching now for nearly 3 years and have a much clearer idea of where I still need to improve and things I would like to add to my skills set. I am definitely looking forward to continuing to add to that set in 2017.

On Facebook I see many people cursing 2016 as the worst year ever and bemoaning the deaths of so many legends of various kinds. Personally I have had a very good idea. And while of course I am sorry to have lost some of the leading lights of influence in my life too, this just makes room for new ones to emerge. And I think we can all agree that there has been a shortage of new options for a while now. Maybe in the darkness we can see their new light better.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Catch you on the flip side.


  1. Bernice

    Nice 🙂 …….

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