Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Dear New Global Eliters!

I hope you all had a lovely end-of-the-year break and your New Year 2015 is off to a great start. May it be a healthy, balanced, relaxing and successful year to us all!

My wishes come a bit late this year because I was away in Vietnam taking a break from it all. That included taking a techno-break for three weeks, which meant no Internet connection, no email, no phone, sometimes no electricity either (when the film crew from Saigon blew the fuses a few times, but that’s a longer story).
It was a real adventure!

1-1-2015 at the tropical beach

Besides, I know, and the recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index confirms that

“taking regular vacations is good for your general wellbeing, self-reported sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, connection to community, and physical health.”

Taking the past four weeks off has really helped me recharge my batteries, reflect on the last year and to generally reboot. It was great stepping outside of my everyday routine and taking the techno-break. Yesterday I checked my mailbox for the first time in 3 weeks and it felt great!

You wouldn’t believe the clarity and the focus with which I went through the mailbox. I answered  six important emails, wrote five important emails myself, and deleted the rest: over 300 emails containing very interesting articles, newsletters and updates, etc. Normally I would just file them “to read later”, but this time I knew better. There was going to be no “later” and I simply have better things to do with my time, for example, to write this blog.

With this fresh energy and with the renewed clarity I can plan better what to focus on this year. I am going to write country profiles for you to highlight cultural differences and to give you tips about doing business with and travelling trough these countries. I’m also going to write monthly profiles of entrepreneurs or businesses that fit the description of a New Global Eliter. I will also write reviews of books which I think will help you with your most burning professional problems encompassing business communication, leadership and culture.

This is my plan and I’m sure I’m going to stick to it this time. After spending three weeks with no comforts of civilisation I got my feet back on the ground, I regained awareness of what is really important to me and I have a clear vision of what I want and don’t want in my life and my work.

I will write about the importance of clarity, focus and “no-nonsense” approach in February, but in the meantime I wanted to hear from you on these questions:

What goals do you have for the next 12 months? And how are you going to make sure you don’t get sidetracked?
What gives you energy and helps you to re-focus?
How do you sort the important tasks from the junk?

Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas!

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