So, it’s the last day of the year.

How’s it been for you?

Would you say it’s been a hard or an easy year?

Or something in-between?

I did a poll in our members group the other day.

Asking if people would say they’d had a hard year.

As I’m sure you guessed from the blog title, 78% said they had.

Which surprised me.

I thought that number would be higher.

So, either way, good news.

If you said yours had been a hard year……..

You’re in the overwhelming majority.

As I mentioned in a blog the other day, life is hard.

It’s supposed to be.

I know this, because it is.

For the majority of us at the majority of the time anyway.

Every single year of our life will involve thousands of hours of work.

Tonnes of effort and energy into making everything happen.

There’ll be tears and sadness along the way.

And that’s fine.

2022 was probably a hard year for the vast majority of us.

I know it was for me.

Like 2021 was

And 2020.

2019 too.

I could go on.

2023 is probably going to be hard as well.

It’ll involve work, effort, energy and emotion.

But do you know what the good news is?

It’ll be worth it.

If we choose to direct that work, effort, energy and emotion in the right way.

Into things that motivate and inspire us and produce results that we desire.

If we focus it into stuff that drains us………

If we just spend the week doing stuff that we feel we have to “get through” to it in order to get to the weekend so we can sedate………..

Not so much.

My research, and our past experiences, suggest that 2023 is going to be hard.

Lamenting that is fairly pointless.

We can just choose our hard.

One that motivates and inspires us……..

Or one that drains and depresses us!

Much love,

Jon ‘I choo-choo-choose you’ Hall

P.S. If you’ve left it this long to have a look at our programme for January, you’re close to running out of time. Go do it now before you do the same thing you do every year and regret that again —>


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Jon Hall
Jon Hall

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