Posts Tagged commitment

Sunday Column (471)

One week into the New Year. So what are your New Year resolutions? Oh, and before I forget, Happy New Year to all my readers. It was nice to hear some positive feedback from a ‘Northern’ reader this week (shout out to you mate) which I much appreciate. I really enjoy getting feedback, so please reach out and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Socialmedia allows us to reach out to a mass of contacts easily on New Years’s Eve to wish people a Happy New Year. Less of a personal touch and a lot easier than trying to phone people when lines are busy. You remember that, trying to send a text message on NYE a few years back. And the network was down or you didn’t have reception? How times have changed, and technology too. However, it is nice to see what everyone is up to and reflects upon and of course, is looking forward to this year. More about networking below.

Next is my podcast, like an audio blog really. The website went live this week: Stories Of Success. I hope to have the first couple of recordings by this time next week and push out a first episode the week after. I am excited and scared at the same time. You will hear it in the first few episodes I am sure, but it is so much fun creating something, that in my mind, will add value to the listeners. Here is to 2018, to new opportunities and new ideas.

What are your plans? What are your Stories Of Success you want to write?

Btw, if you think you are successful or if you know of someone who is, and you think that person should be on my podcast, please come forward and let me know. Any help or referral is appreciated and paid for by beers….see more about that later. Another cry for feedback today, so yes, I’d love to hear from you.

I have been thinking hard to define my top three goals for the year. Actually, they are quite simple for 2018.

Firstly, I would like a new job. This could be on a contract basis, however my main focus is to settle in a more secure job for the next 3-5 years, a job I like and a job that takes my career forward. I started to speak to a couple companies within and outside my current industry and hope that soon I’ll find my new challenge for 2018 and beyond. After all, my main responsibility at the moment is my family, bills to pay, mortgage to pay and to provide security.
My ask to you: if you know of anyone looking for an experienced commercial person, please get in touch.

On that note, I reached out to recruiters and my network this week, and I appreciate that a lot of people aren’t really back at work until next week. However, the response I got so far was overwhelming. Not only did I get a lot of positive replies but people also offered their help. It is so nice to see that people care. And, if you are in a similar position and need help, you know that you can always reach out to me and ask me for advice, introductions etc. I love helping, and I appreciate help. Thank you all for your kindness.

Secondly, and aligning with the first goal, is focus. If I didn’t learn anything else from 2017 from my manager or from my 6 weeks brainstorming and reflection at the end of last year, but to have focus. My focus is clearer than ever, focusing on values around family, stability, security and a happy, healthy life. On the back of that, there are values like career advancement, progression and success. Those values will gain more focus in 2018 as I make them more of a priority than I have done in 2017. But matching my life style and career to the values is key.

Thirdly, my passion for personal development needs to have a clearer form and shape. What I mean by that is that launching my podcast is the beginning of a new journey. Once the first episode is uploaded, I will make sure to let you know. I am excited to interview people who have been successful and uncover their secrets for you to apply their ‘secret sauce’ to your life.

As every year, we were looking to have a dry January. And, similar to most years, I probably stopped it by the time you are reading this. Yes, I was planning 2 weeks really, but as the days are so dark and cold, and the fire is on… so don’t worry, I will be up for pints if you are 🙂

A week off the booze is enough to detox. The idea is more about having less booze overall. Having had plenty of conversations with people over the past few weeks, I don’t drink more than average (defined by my benchmark of course) and well within the norm. Moderation, as always, is key. This of course goes in line with a new exercise routine (less is more = moderation) and focus around a healthier life style. The amount of crisps and junk food I ate over the past six weeks has been fun but awful at the same time. Oh and don’t forget all that cheese 😉

So this concludes my thoughts for 2018.

I wish you and your family a healthy, prosperous and happy 2018.

All the best,

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Sunday Column (263)

I haven’t had much time to write anything other than my Sunday Column lately. This is due to a few commitments at work and some private commitments too. We are living in a world where one wants to be committed. To world peace, charity, family and work of course.

Commitment is about engagement, making it work and sticking to something, no matter what happens. It is a marriage like arrangement. You cannot just bail out, or because things aren’t rosy just now, you cannot walk away. It is about working through the differences.

Look at work commitments. You have good and bad meetings. As long as the team works in the right direction, and you all together work on the same solution, e.g. you are all solution focused, you are committed.

I had a fantastic chat this week with someone about companies in the industry, about mistakes that are repeated, sustainability and commitment. Followed by a chat about the whole industry and how it is changing. Giving three acquisitions this week alone, we are in times of change in digital marketing.

However, and maybe this is my Buddhist way of living, you can make mistakes as long as you learn from them and move on. Life is about learning after all.


The future is key, not the past. It is not about what we have achieved so far or done. Whilst our experience and past successes count, you don’t want to talk about the failures which are embedded in the actual experience. It is about looking forward, trusting the dots connecting in the future. And they will. Trust your heart.

I love life for that. For what you can do and how you can play with it. How little decisions become big things and vice versa. You worry about something not worthwhile worrying. As long as you have trust and confidence, commitment and pride, you will be ok.

In the face of worrying. For the past two weeks we have, or rather haven’t, followed the Malaysian air liner. I said last week that it would be fascinating to find out it being cyber hijacked. Yet, as from information to date, the authorities think something went wrong and the plane crashed running out of fuel. Probably, very similar to the Air France crash a few years ago, it will take a long time to find out what the cause was, and it might come down to a small failure somewhere in the plane which caused a ripple effect, maybe a human mistake.

We don’t know, but prefer to speculate about terrorists, cyber hijacking, personal problems. That’s what makes the news. And hopefully we are wrong and my personal fear is that it was to try something new for a bigger thing. Hope it wasn’t.
My heart goes out to those who lost a loved one and endured the long wait between hope and uncertainty. Hopefully you will find closure.

An eventful week.

Have a better one next week!

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Buddhist Thought: Doubt

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.

I actually don’t think this quote needs any explanation.

However, you know how you create doubt, don’t you?

Withholding information.
Not communicating.
Not sharing.
Not being good to others.

Have trust and faith in what you do and what others do for you.
As a manager communicate openly and make listening your chore.

Only in a trusting environment you will create a thriving spirit.

Buddha bless,

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