Point to Ponder
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one." Mark Twain
Somehow I have always liked the concept of the waves coming in and cleaning the beach. Out with the old and in with the new, clean, uncluttered sand. Something wonderful about the sound of the surf and the touch of the sun on my face.
Each year we get the chance to start over (actually each day) with a clean slate and an open, creative mind. We can visualize what we want to accomplish, then start building solid foundations beneath it.  When you build on a solid foundation, what you build has a better chance to survive the tests and trials that will un-doubtedly come against it.  When you build on shaky sand, well... you know the rest.
What do you want to build this year?
  • A stronger, more healthy body?
  • A stronger, more loving relationship?
  • A stronger, more profitable business?
  • A stronger, more productive career? 
  • A stronger, more expansive network?
  • or?
These are only a few of the questions you might want to ask as you move into this new year. But they are only a part of the equation you need to succeed.
  • What do you need to do, change, or acquire in order to make them real?
  • Who do you need to ask for help to make them come alive?
  • What do you need to let go of, in order to confidently move forward?
  • What habits do you need to either acquire or defeat in order to win?
  • Where do you need to start?
  • When will you start?
  • What checklists or accountability points do you need in place?
Wishing you and yours the very best for this new year. May it be the most amazing one you have experienced so far.
Until next month,
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
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Lots on the go this month:
  • Working on my revamp of A Legacy of Leadership in preparation to re-releasing it in a soft cover version.
  • Beginning work on a new Pocket Wisdom: Time to Lead!
  • Promoting our 1st three Speaking for Success Boot Camps in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Ottawa.
  • Working on concept and basics for our GSS Foundation evening hosted by the CAPS Foundation. This will happen at our Global Speakers Summit in Vancouver on Mon. Dec 9th, 2013. I'm taking the creative lead on this adventure.
  • Updating our various joint venture speaker sites, eg, www.AlbertaSpeakers.com
  • Packing my swim suit, snorkle gear, floaty, and sunscreen... Smile!
  • Updating my Have Mouth Will Travel website to add 4 more countries.

Love it when I am productively busy. 

Last Minute News

As of today (Wed. Jan 2nd) our Jan 12th Edmonton Speaking for Success boot camp is only 5 spots from a sell out. This will be a great way to start the year - helping our participants challenge their fears and hone their skills. 
Just booked Irene's birthday cruise for later this month. We'll fly down to Ft. Lauderdale and spend 4 or 5 days and then leave Sunday (27th) for a 7 night cruise from Miami which will take us to Nassau, St Thomas (her birthday), San Juan, and Grand Turk.Told her it may not be as romantic as her one in Paris, but it will be warmer.
Then we'll spend a few days in Miami before flying home.  Great that we have such great neighbors to kittie sit for us while we are away.
Irene says I spoil her. Maybe so, but I love it; and in this case, I get spoiled a bit too. Two weeks of sand, surf, and sun is a nice break from winter. Plus, she can use her new underwater camera she got from Santa.
We're looking at doing something similar in March and flying down to California. Hope to spend some time with friends in the San Diego area and then go exploring. Irene has never been to California (except for our brief stop enroute to Las Vegas when we got married.) Might even show her where I grew up in Ventura. We moved back to Canada when I was 14. Bet it has changed a lot in the last 50 years.

Thanks for reading

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More so, if you schedule it near a beach in the winter!
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 January 2013

                 What's New!
Work continues on revamping of A Legacy of Leadership
Work is underway on our new Pocket Wisdom book: Time to Lead!
Work is underway to create the GSS Foundation evening hosted by the CAPS Foundation next Dec 9th in Vancouver, BC.
We have 4 Speaking for Success Boot Camps in the works:
Halifax, May 25th  (tbc) 

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Bob is a professional speaker, author, leadership, sales, and business success expert

Bob is a long time leader and professional charter member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a member of NSA-Arizona, as well as a charter member of the Global Speakers Federation.
He is proud to be an active professional member of these amazing groups of people dedicated to polishing their craft and to better serving their clients and audiences.
Bob is the co-founder and a past president of CAPS Vancouver, an honorary founding member of CAPS Sask., an honorary member of CAPS Atlantic. He served as CAPS National Director (2000-2002) and just finished serving as 2012 CAPS Edmonton Chapter President.
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