This week’s focus: I have now been running my consulting business for seven years, and one of my biggest lessons has been the massive importance of perseverance to success. New ideas and initiatives rarely work immediately, but  require a strong commitment to succeed, a willingness to learn and improve and the discipline to keep taking action.

Take this newsletter, for example. I’m now in my third year of writing it and am still working on how I can give you something new, different and valuable to think about each week in an entertaining and pithy way (Yes, I know, hopefully I’ll get there this year!).

New Year is the time of resolutions, and resolutions require resolve. The reason that so many resolutions fail is that the resolve element is missing.  Alongside your goal you also need to determine how you will remain accountable for results and how you will stick at it. After all, our biggest victories are generally those that require the biggest effort.

What steps do you need to take to build your perseverance, discipline and resolve to achieve your most important goals in 2014

Off the record: Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

In this proud land we grew up strong

We were wanted all along

I was taught to fight, taught to win

I never thought I could fail

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