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Insights: 2009 - A year to...?
December 09, 2009
2009 - A Year To...?
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As 2009 draws to a close it's clear on looking back that this was no ordinary year! Bill looks at the ups and downs, reflects on a few of the achievements at New Insights Africa and asks readers to consider how it was and what it meant for them.
Which word would you use to complete the title of this article?
"Remember" or "Forget" or something more descriptive, perhaps?
As each year draws to a close it is natural to look back and think about what distinguishes it from other years. Quite clearly, 2009 was no ordinary year!
The bad and the ugly
On the negative side, its likely that 2009 will be remembered by most South Africans for the challenges brought on by the ripple effects of the global economic crisis. In the latter part of 2008, many of us watched on TV how the crisis unfolded in the US and Europe, feeling thankful that it seemed to be passing us by. As 2009 got into its stride, however, the impact really began to hit home in this country and a full blown recession was to follow.
Pretty much everyone I know has been impacted financially by the crisis, whether it be through a slowdown in business, loss of a job, difficulty selling property, or something much worse like bankruptcy, foreclosure on a loan or reposession of a house or car.
On the positive side, 2009 will be remembered by many South Africans as heralding our time in the world spotlight as the glamour and fanfare that accompanies the FIFA World Cup circus rolled into town.
Premature though this may be, 2009 may also be remembered as a time of great pride. South Africa looks set to take a lead in proposing dramatic emissions reductions as part of the global community's response to the massive challenge of climate change as world leaders prepare for the Copenhagen summit.
What about 2009 stands out for you personally?
Did you achieve the personal goals you set out to at the beginning of the year or are your earlier resolutions nothing but faded memories?
Did you learn valuable lessons from the economic turmoil that you can implement in time to come - or did you bury your head in the sand waiting for the crisis to go away so you can pretend it never happened?
Did you make a personal contribution, no matter how small, to a better world - or did you simply look on remotely and shake your head at the many problems we face as a society?
Did you truly grow as a person and individual or did you merely tread water and 'survive to fight another day'?
As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, the break with routine in December constitutes a wonderful opportunity for reflection, learning and the putting in place of groundwork for positive change and meaningful personal growth. Be sure to use this time carefully and effectively so that next year you can really hit the ground running in every area of your life!
The highlights for NIA
At New Insights Africa there is much to reflect on as we approach the final days of 2009.
I'd like to take the opportunity to list a few of the highlights of our year, despite having to cope with a very difficult economic environment.
My company and I look forward to a wonderful 2010 - a year in which we aim to step up efforts to deliver on our mission to bring personal freedom, confidence and growth to people from all walks of life in South and southern Africa.
My wish for you is that you finish the year in style and prepare the groundwork for a hugely successful and fulfilling year in 2010. I hope that many readers will choose to join us and go on to become life coaches spreading prosperity, joy and fulfillment throughout the African subcontinent!
As always, warm regards,
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