Welcome back and compliments of the season. I hope that – even if you didn’t take much leave or get away this festive season – you have had some time to ‘pause’, reflect and connect with your loved ones and, very importantly, connect with yourself to determine what will ensure 2014 is a great year for you.

We all know that a new year and new year’s resolutions don’t change anything unless you are truly committed. For me, that’s really what the symbolism of a new year is… it is a chance to check what I am committed to doing and being to ‘be the difference that makes the difference‘.
I often reflect on the following extract that I’d like to share with you as we start our journey of Key Steps through 2014 together…

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, 
the chance to draw back, 
always ineffectiveness. 
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), 
there is one elementary truth, 
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: 
That the moment one definitely commits oneself, 
then providence moves too. 
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. 
A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favour 
all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, 
which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. 
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: 
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. 
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

— WH Murray, from The Scottish Himalayan Expedition —

Powerful, isn’t it? So, I ask you again… What are you committed to? What do you need to do or be to ensure that you take Key Steps to make 2014 great (whatever ‘great’ means for you)? What does 2014 need to look like for you to…

“be the difference that makes the difference