For me, 2011 was a year of huge transition. I began the year with a company that wasn’t performing well and I was busy on a very intensive programme of personal and professional development. Of course, this proved to be very costly and if it wasn’t for the support of my wife and family, I wouldn’t have achieved half as much.
Now that 2011 is coming to an end I can afford myself the time to review and reflect on where I am now:
- On paper, my business still made a loss but the loss was over 90% less than in the previous year. That’s a huge improvement as far as I am concerned and sets things up for me to move into profit in 2012.
- I re-launched my company during the summer of 2011. InnoChan Solutions was born out of the lessons learned since setting up my first company and a Mentoring programme I attended. By the way in case you are wondering, InnoChan is a melding of ‘Innovation’ and ‘Change’. Since the re-launch, I have seen a much greater interest in what I do even to the point that my Mentor wants to use my services in 2012 on a number of programmes.
- Since I first left the world of the employee in 2009, my main source of income has been in lecturing for a professional institute in Ireland on the topic of Supply Chain Management. A very encouraging fact with this was that I started with one subject in 2009. That increased to 4 in 2010 and I was offered another 2 for the current Academic year. Success after success.
- I mentioned that I had set myself a very intensive programme of development. I set myself the target of completing a Masters degree in Coaching & NLP by the end of 2011 (seven months ahead of the scheduled date). I achieved this.
- I completed a Higher Professional Skills course including a Diploma in Supervision (I set myself the target of getting the assignment for the diploma submitted before Christmas. I achieved this). I also completed trainer training in the iWAM EQ test and specialised training in micro-expression. It has really been a busy year.
All of this was achieved without external financing of any type (bank, government or state body) which proves that you can set up a business on your own without external support. It isn’t easy, but it is possible.
So what does 2012 hold for me?
The first 4 months will be very busy with lecturing and tutoring. I will also (hopefully) see some of the consultancy work that has been promised coming through. Add to that the fact that I will be running my very own Coach Training programme (starting in February 2012; check out the details on this site) and I have already secured some executive coaching/mentoring clients and 2012 is shaping up to be the best yet….
Ask me in 51 weeks…
P.S. Remember, in spite of the economic situation or government actions around the world, YOU can make 2012 a great year. Let’s enjoy the ride!!