• Nik Hanson

New Beginnings. Make 2019 different

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

I saw my first Christmas advert the other day (I know I’m late, I didn’t have a working TV for 6 weeks during my recent house move!)

Remember when the oldies used to say to you when you were small that the years get faster as you get older, well they were right!

You know 2019 is close, but how ready are you for it?

Is the approaching New Year bleak or exciting for you?

Will the 31st December 2018 be just another day for you? Or is it a day full or regrets that you didn’t do what you set out to this year?

Better still will you be dancing around on New Year’s knowing that you gave 2018 YOUR BEST YEAR YET?

Many of us have regrets at this time of year. The “IF ONLY” syndrome starts….

IF ONLY I’d have started to think about my goals earlier,

IF ONLY I’d have gotten out of that relationship sooner,

IF ONLY I’d have had the courage to start my new business,

IF ONLY I’d have saved 10% of my income from an early age

Yada yada, you get the drift……

As a coach you think that I have my sh1t together eternally right? Wrong! Life happens, things get in the way of the goals that I set for myself and my energy took an all-time dip in the middle of the year.

I’ve always been an eternal Extrovert (think of Myers Briggs type here) I have never struggled with networking, introducing myself to strangers or standing in front of a room full of people. The past few years I’ve learnt how life can hit you hard through toxic relationships and physical health problems which thankfully I’m totally out of that dark place now however the remnants of them remain somewhat.

I’m finding that I’m less of an Extrovert now and it takes me much longer to approach people.

As a coach, trainer, mentor and transformation expert there is an expectation that I will be the one at the centre of the room. I mean look at all the successful businessmen and women out there, they all seem to be extroverts!


Introverts actually make up 30-50% of the world’s population. Why do we think that you have to be an Extrovert to make a business work or to climb the career ladder?

Some of the world’s most famous introverts in history include:

Bill Gates, Stephen Spielberg, Albert Einstein and JK Rowling who was too shy to ask for a pen when hers ran out on the Manchester-London train when she got the idea for Harry Potter!

So, at New Year you don’t have to be at the centre of the party (or even at the party!) to make the year count. Introverted or Extroverted it doesn’t make any difference on how successful you can be and how many of your goals you can achieve.

So, will you be that person that has regrets on New Year’s Eve?

Let me tell you that you CAN make a difference. You don’t have to be that person with “IF ONLY” syndrome.

You still have 6 weeks left of this year.

What is the ONE thing that you want to achieve that you can do in 6 weeks? :

  • Plan to hand your notice in at work in January?

  • Start the part time business that you’ve been wanting too?

  • Get your business in order by organising and streamlining how you work?

  • Get yourself signed up to that training course that you’ve been meaning to all year?

  • Spend more time with your family and friends?

Do that ONE thing that you meant to, focus on that ONE thing that will make you leap forwards into 2019.

You might be cynical about new beginnings at New Year.

However, life is passing you by and if you get to the end of each year with regrets then it’s time to make some changes.

Do that ONE thing that will make your 2018 amazing.

Go do it!

P.S. I'm here for support or guidance to help you with setting goals or achieving what you want too. Contact me at

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