Bill and the New Year’s Resolution

sunriseBill is married to my cousin Theresa and they live in New Jersey with their three children.

In truth I don’t really know them that well as they live in the United States, but my cousin is a really good and kind person – she has always been that way, ever since we were young, when we did actually see more of each other. At most I’ve met Bill about three or four times.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks thinking about my plans for the new year and some of the targets or goals that I will set for myself. I believe it’s really important to have a clear focus.

I use a little visualisation trick, which helps me along the process and crystallises some of my ideas that in some ways become my New Year’s Resolutions.

My visualisation trick is to write a diary post for the end of the next year “I had a Great year because …..” .

I simply list out all of the things that will make the next year a great one and during the year I will keep checking back on my list to see how I am progressing.

I don’t have this task completed yet but as I mentioned already, I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks – as usual its going to be a list full of ambitious work “stuff”, which seems to be my total preoccupation these days.

Let’s face it –  you dare not take your eye off your work priorities for one single minute.

Bill passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Theresa and their three children were by his side.

I need to rethink some of the things on my list ….

Bill – Rest in Peace


15 Responses to “Bill and the New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Trich Says:

    Oh Greg, how very sad. May Bill rest in peace.
    My condolences to you, your cousin and her children.
    May 2013, bring your hearts desire.

  2. irishminx Says:

    Oh Greg, how very sad, my sincere condolences to Theresa, her children & family.
    May 2013 bring your hearts desire.

  3. Artur Says:

    Hi Greg

    Wishing you a very happy 2013, let’s hope all our resolutions will come true. It was sad to read this particular entry, and RIP Bill! All the needed strength to your cousin!


  4. Fergal Bell Says:

    Very sad news Greg. There’s never a good time for something like that to happen, but it seems worse when it’s at a family time of the year.

    On the theme of keeping in mind the family and personal aspects of our lives, you might find this short TED video of interest:

  5. Ruth Mc Donnell Says:

    Sorry to hear about your family bereavement but hope your plans go well for 2013. I certainly enjoyed and found our collaboration most useful earlier in the year.

  6. Conor Says:

    My deepest condolences Greg. Hope you have a happy and prosperous 2013.

  7. Alan Says:

    Sad news for you Greg, thanks for sharing… food for thought as always..

  8. Tom Says:

    Hi Greg,

    Sorry to hear about your family news, we can all relate to personal tragedy in our circles of close families and friends, and you are absolutely correct in the observation that we should reevaluate our priorities at times like this. The technique you have described is a very powerful one that I have used several times, and I use a shorter version nearly every day to join the dots between where I am and where I need to get to, “proactive hindsight” almost.

    Best of luck for the new year and widening your focus beyond business to the important areas of life, however as a committed reader of your blog I can see that you have a wide appreciation of what is around you and that you seek insight and meaning from many sources, something I can learn from myself.


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