What will you change in 2009?

Posted by | December 30, 2008 | Featured Items ... | 18 Comments

It’s 2009 – and what’s new? Take a piece of paper and write down all the important things you have done in 2008. Will they still be the same in 2009? If so – you are stagnant. If you are not challenging yourself then you are going backwards.

Some of my friends have boundless energy. One guy skydives, windsurfs, skis and then spends time clubbing, at parties and racing hot cars. Whilst none of that is for me, it nevertherless is nothing less than inspiring to watch his energy, enthusiasm and commitment to life.

If only I could harness some of that energy and funnel it through my OWN activities. If only YOu could too ….

One way is to focus. Yes, you’ve heard it all before but familiarity doesn’t remove the need. The truth is that it’s harder to focus on one thing than it is to ignore the need. As a small experiment, yesterday I focused on one thing and one thing only. I did some research, set up a squeeze page, set up a giveaway gift in return for an email address and promoted the whole thing via Twitter. I ended up with 40 subscribers. And it all took me 1 hour and 15 minutes. I expect those 40 subscribers to earn me a good deal in the future (through leveraging).

So, start focusing by clearing the distractions:

1. Don’t keep writing about how to do things – DO them instead

2. Start loving yourself and realise you can do anything that is believably possible

3. Don’t sit and wait – get up and do

4. Don’t think YOU are hard done by. I don’t know you but I know that you’re not

5. Stop thinking you know best. You don’t – others know better – ask them

6. Quit thinking that other people cannot do what you think only you can do. Free yourself.

7. Don’t live with what you have got – make something new

8. Stop whining, wingeing and being a sourpuss. You don’t deserve anything unless you go out and look for it. Start now.

9. Others won’t fix bad things for you unless you (a) recognise they are bad and (b) ask them to fix them

10. Congratulate yourself on failures. We all have them and always will. They are exceptionally powerful learning opportunities.

11. You will never be perfect but by trying to be perfect will hold you back – always

2009 is your opportunity to change what you couldn’t deliver in 2008. The clock is ticking …. HAPPY NEW (YOU) YEAR!

About Mark Clayson


  • Laurin says:

    Great list. I’m pretty good on most of these. Focus! Need more of that in 2009. I tend to be moving forward rapidly, but get distracted by all of my “ideas”. I will concentrate on seeing the good ones through in 2009. Can you tell I’ve had 2 cups of coffee?

  • Julie Hewett says:

    Ok Ok Ok ….

    For me #6 is the biggest obstacle holding me back. One of my first challenges of the new year is to hire an assistant that I feel can do what I do … at least some of it.

    It’s strange as I have always been in the position of assisting others – But if I don’t free myself up I will never move beyond where I am now!

    Thanks for the gentle, ever-so-need push ..

    Happy New Years!

  • Paula says:

    These were all excellent points, Mark. Definitely reference material. Thanks for putting them together. With the Internet and Web 2.0, focus is particularly important. You simply can’t be everywhere at once, so to speak, even with the ubiquitousness of the web. You have to really zone in on where you are going to focus your efforts. That’s exactly what I plan to do so that I can “shine in ’09!”

  • Great post Mark.

    Even though we realize that nothing changes until
    we do, so many of us just never DECIDE to change 🙂


  • Fantastic Big Post Mark.

    Well we need staff like that. Something that can remind us to be more effective. To always take action, to learn from others and to train others to do what we do so that we can free ourselves of time. This post came at the right time as I am creating a new strategy for all my endeavors next year.



  • K says:

    Great job encouraging folks!

  • Peter says:

    Spot on Mark. It’s a message that we need to hear no matter what time of year it is. As Willie says, actually deciding may be the challenge, but knowing we can do it every day of the year is just as important.

  • Great points. Don’t just whine about it, do it.

    I’m tired of the media spouting doom and gloom about the economy, the state of the world, and having no solutions. It sells papers and grabs more viewers, but it definitely is a one sided view.

    The economy can be changed, the world can be a brighter place. We just have to work together and make it happen.

    Doug P.

  • Joel Bomane says:

    Excellent post Mark!

    I enjoyed your story on the power of FOCUS!

    I must admit that Failure is still
    one of the BEST Schools in Life…

    Also I should ASK more often!

    and S-I-M-P-L-I-F-Y my Life in 2009!

    Merci Mark I’ll put to use
    some of your advices!




    Joel Bomane from Sunny Sudden France

  • Andrea says:

    Good, solid and sound advice. We would all to well to pay heed!

  • Akua Wood says:

    Great tips. Don’t sit and wait – get up and do.

    Happy New Year.

  • Wanda Hatton says:

    Focusing is fabulous..harnessing my energy…thanks to you, this is my new motto for 2009 to get what I wish, need and want to get done. Numbers 1 and 11 are now highlighted and indelibly etched in my daily life. It never occured to me they were holding me back
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
    Cheers to all of us for the New Year !

  • willy says:

    Good list but what does “hard done by” mean. I never heard that expression before.

  • Dominique says:

    I haven’t really thought about what I want to complete in 2009. But what I am certain of is that I want to spend a lot of time this year(as I did in 2008 too) on my kids and grooming them and to be more focused in whatever I decide to do.

  • Shlomit says:

    Right on Mark.
    I love it all up to point #11.
    What do you mean I’d never be prefect? 😉

  • Georgia Schohl says:

    Good post! You’re right about focus—sometimes I spread myself too thin!
    I’m realizing that I need to write less articles and buy more from an article writing service. Right now I’m doing lots and lots of content writing for my websites myself plus article writing, it takes so much time.

    I’d like to slowly build one way links to my sites and outsource some of my article spinning and find a reliable person to do this. This will help out alot. Since I’m very busy with my other job, my time is limited with my internet business.

    Always look forward to reading any information and tips you give, Mark.
    Happy New Year!

  • Mark, this post embodies everything that you stand for. We are so fortunate to be able to make a good living by working from home on our computers. It is truly magical if you think about it, and I shudder to think I would not have known you if I hadn’t taken this leap and created my business two years ago. We must give it everything we have, as many of us have done for employers in years past.
    Happy New Year from across the pond.

  • John Bergman says:

    As a business consultant I can tell you that the advice to focus and to not try to do everything yourself, is very good advice. It\’s two of the main problems that business owners face. Good advice.

    John Bergman

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