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Dear Chris ,

My one wish is to say "Thank you" to you.  

In previous years I have sent out cards to clients past and present and written personal messages of thanks.  All of my clients who come to me, whilst hopefully gaining themselves, also help me.  This year the last few weeks have been consumed by the new challenges of caring for Mum in her final weeks whilst juggling the expectations of the rest of the family and I have not managed to write those messages.

It has been tough, I admit it, but, just like a post I wrote when all of this kicked off which I called Inside every storm cloud there has been so many fantastic things happening too.  I have been utterly overwhelmed by bunches of flowers left on my doorstep, gifts from clients, and beautiful messages in emails.  The last client of this year has been someone I have helped to move out from under his own storm cloud and he sat in front of me and said, "You have inspired me.  If you can carry on seeing clients with everything that is going on, I know I will be OK too."  Even Santa could not have given me something that would have lit me up more.

So "Thank you".  Thank you for reading Mind Matters.  Thank you to the clients who have worked with me.  Thank you to those of you who have been so kind and supportive.  And Thank you to all of you who have sent gifts and cards.  Despite all of the sadness, I genuinely feel incredible love around me.

If your inbox is anything like mine it is inundated with messages of planning for the New Year.  I have my own theory on that which has also been further influenced by recent months and knowing that January is likely to see Mum's passing.  Can I find any light in that? I will do my best and in the meantime, read on below to hear a little on my approach to a New Year.

So this is the last Mind Matters of 2017.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them and they will be back..... Until next year,

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas 

Caroline Cavanagh,
Adding Zest Ltd


Re-read 'Inside every storm cloud'

And another thing...

This time last year I was planning - planning to trek the Inca Trail and implementing all sorts of business ideas.  The trip happened (yep, that is the back of my head in the photo!), some of the ideas came to fruition, many didn't - and that is OK!

This year, my planning horizon is about 2 hours.  And you know what....even when things return to 'normal' (whatever that is!) I am tempted not to change.  As far as I am aware I have not dropped too many (important) balls and I think it has left me much more flexible and able to react to whatever is thrown at me.  

Many of the planning systems involve detailed targets, lists, structure.  For some that may work.  However I think they can also restrict and leave you less able to react to those balls that fly in from left field.  And how many people, companies, write plans that go in the drawer and never see the light of day again? Tick box exercises rarely achieve much!

So my suggestion is this:
Use the next few days to reflect.on the departing year.  What went well? What didnt?  Looking back for the purpose of learning can reduce the risk of making the same mistakes!
When looking forward, get clear on where you want to end 2018, however avoid dwelling on the 'how' to get there.  
I have told many clients about the satnav approach to planning and people love it.  I will talk more about it in the next Mind Matters but for now, have a glass of mulled wine and just dream.  If you could turn the clock forward to December 2018, what would you like to see, feel, have...?  Be really specific, just like that post code you put into your TomTom.
And in Jan, I hope I can join you on  the next part of the journey to get you there!


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