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BM_ES2By Elizabeth Sparrow, Managing Director – Blabbermouth

The key element to a New Year’s Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. It is a time when, with the best intentions, we wage war on those extra Christmas pounds, join the gym and reduce the red wine intake. Well, these are a few of my personal favorites.

Actually the New Year has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. The New Year is actually represented by the two headed Roman God Janus who whilst staring forward also looked back at the previous year and it is this notion that should have the most resonance for our resolutions.

As well as making plans for the future we should also look to our past achievements, challenges and failures and use these to help plan the future. Blindly looking forward may be brave but to really do so without taking into consideration what has gone before may be futile.

You may be about to put the first parts of your 2013 business plan into action but take a moment to consider what has gone before for these experiences will help you build a more successful future.

As for me I will no doubt re-subscribe to my far too expensive gym whilst cracking open a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pap and making the most of the left over Christmas chocolates.