reflections on 2011

These are my reflections on 2011 have you done yours?

I am sitting here on a campsite in Ronda, Spain in a baking 26 degrees of sunshine writing to you on January 6th and as I mentioned in my last post fail to plan, plan to fail I think it’s a good idea to reflect on last year and remind yourself of all of your accomplishments (well at least those you can remember because we achieve things every day) and give your self a massive pat on the back for doing so well.  The process will help you reflect and it will also get you into a positive mind set for planning 2012.  To check if I have a reasonable balance in life I have looked at 2011 based on the six main areas of life for me.  Reminding myself about what I have achieved also made me realise what I love doing (so I can plan to do more) and what I have learnt (so I can plan to improve).

So why bother? It may seem a bit self-centred to some people but most people at some stage in their lives suffer from low self-esteem? I know I do but when you appreciate yourself and write down all of all the amazing things that you have done your confidence in your own abilities and your self-esteem will grow. This is all part of the cycle of success which I have written about.  So here goes:

we did it!

we did it!

discovery & adventure

Tandemed Lands End to John O’Groats with Tina unsupported except for our inspirational mate Pete on his solo bike who was very good at making us laugh and helping with our numerous punctures.

Set off on ‘the BIG trip’ an adult GAP year touring around Europe with Tina and Loli in Christina the Adventure Home and Taz the Tandem.

Did my first Paraglide with my brother Rob

Canoeing on the Dordogne with Tina

Walking in the Picos Mountains

family & relationships

Supported my good friend and mentor Chris Mallee who stayed positive to the end.

Supported my brother Steve through his illness challenge

2 week skiing holiday in Christina the Adventure Home with Tina and my son Harry and met up with my sister Jackie and my nephew Nick.

Went to La Herradura, Spain for my Dads birthday and met up with my daughter Daisy and Mark her partner

Spent New Year for the first time ever with my Dad in La Herradura, Spain and my son Harry and Emma his partner who flew over to celebrate the New Year too.

In June my son George and his partner Jess flew back from Australia for his 21stBirthday and I was able to spend loads of time with him.

fitness & wellbeing

Trained for and ran the London Marathon and achieved a world record as the only 52 year old to complete it dressed as ‘Mr Incredible’ (I made the record up)

Tried and finished the raw food diet

Started the 4 hour body diet and lost too much weight!

Discarded my trainers and have been running in Vibram Fivefingers

Visited a chiropractor regularly

Had a health check – its free in the UK just contact and your local Doctor and make an appointment

giving back

Raised £3,000 for St Giles Hospice with the London Marathon and LEJOG

Continued my role as a ‘Trustee of the Norman Laud Charity up until I left the UK in September

Spoke at the YES Group, Birmingham

Facilitated 3 Charity Goal Getting Workshops raising money for St Giles Hospice, The Make a Wish Foundation, YES group – basket brigade

Facilitated 8 people to Success with LMI programs

Facilitated 19 Goal getting Workshops

learning & growth

Assisted in the organisation of a fabulous ‘Kick Off’ Event and co hosted for over 600 delegates

Spoke to over 1000 people at Express Day about Goal Setting

Attended a ‘Go For No’ seminar with Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

Promoted and attended a Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter seminar

Attended a Peter Thomson ‘Goldmine’ Seminar

Jointly organised and hosted the ‘Live Love Laugh Group’ event with 200 delegates

Reading highlights: 4 Hour Body, Unfair Advantage, The Outliers, started the Bible, The Secrets of Shelter Island, 5 – Where will you be five years from today, Success Magazine, Zen Habits Blog, The Minimalists Blog

Published a regular ‘don’t just dream it…do it! Newsletter

work & finance

Rented the house out for 12 months turning it into an asset

Sold, car-booted and gave away excessive possessions and bought a kindle each with the proceedes.

Reviewed pensions and investments

Saved 10% of everything I earned for investing

My network marketing business grew by 13%

what did I love doing in 2011?

Travelling and discovering new places, meeting new people, walking, canoeing, tandeming, skiing, paragliding, facilitating goal getting workshops, running the marathon, raising money for charity, speaking at events, helping and supporting people to achieve their dreams, reducing clutter and disposing of unnecessary materialistic stuff, the freedom of running in my Vibram Fivefingers.

what have I learned?

Even the death of a very close friend can have a positive outcome in that it spurred me into action, people are more important than places, don’t park irresponsibly in Spain, I should of spent more time with my Mum, I should have weighed Christina the Adventure Home before we set off, we don’t need half the stuff we have brought with us, be very careful when driving a motorhome in a fuel station, we need to slow down, wear rubber gloves and turn your face away when emptying the poo tank, you can drink too much red wine and even 2 and 3 year olds can speak French in France and Spanish in Spain and I can’t – yet.

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2 comments to reflections on 2011

  • Dave Tyrrell

    What an inspirational and fantastic year you have recorded here Chris. As a relatively new UW Distributor, I wish I was half as focussed and organised as you are Chris. I have been to several of your events and found them great – sometimes struggle to put your lessons into practice though through lack of discipline. Thanks and well done. Dave.

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