What Will Be Different This Year?

The festive season is a time when many have a bit of downtime to reflect and recharge. At these times we often start to think about what we want to achieve in a new year. Maybe you have done something similar.

And here is the reality. Most people talk a lot about what they would like to do or need to do. Yet what I have found is that those who actually go on to achieve do something that most others don’t bother doing.

The one thing that those who achieve do differently is to take action. That action might include:


  • Creating a plan to delegate more and free up time
  • Finding out how to do something better that they really struggle with
  • Setting aside time to get an additional qualification
  • Attending CPD events run by their professional association
  • Doing more training
  • Getting one to one or small group support to get to the next level

Of course before you can start to act you have to get crystal clear about what you want to achieve. The more specific you can be the better. For example:

You might say you want a pay rise. Exactly how much do you want?


You might say you want to get promoted. What job do you want next? How much is it paying? Where is it based? What’s involved in the role?


You might say you want to get better at managing. What specific areas of management do you want to get better at? It is likely that there are areas where you are already good and others where you struggle.


You might want to get a better work-life balance. How many hours per month do you want to work? What will you need to do differently to make it happen?


The truth is words and intentions are a start. What will make a difference is clarity, desire and action.


So what will you have achieved by the end of the year and what will be different?


Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals to achieve more career success. Learn more here.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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