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Bring in new ideas for the new year

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It's New Year's Eve as I write, and when you read this it will be just three days into 2013, with memories of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day fresh in our minds. Throughout the world, this is a time of reflection and taking stock, of planning and looking ahead. It's a great time to generate ideas for a more successful year. You can use the festivities and customs to stimulate ideas for your business, your team and yourself. 

How was your last year? This is the perfect time to review what happened in 2012. What did you achieve? What successes did you have? What didn't you get done, and why? What were your best, and worst, experiences? What really surprised you last year?

George Santayana said: "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them." Once you've reviewed the past year, think about how to apply what you've learned to this year. In other words, how can you turn the lessons from last year into ideas to make this year better?

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