As we come to the end of another year I decided that I would just write down some lessons that I learnt in 2012.  It’s not that I didn’t know these things in the past but they really came to the forefront this year.

  1. Stay true to your goals, even if others doubt you.
  2. Change is hard to do, but if you focus on the end goal it makes it all much easier.
  3. If you inspire one person along the way it’s a blessing.
  4. Goal setting is critical
  5. Success isn’t the medal, it’s knowing you have done the best that you can – the medal is the icing on the cake.
  6. World class begins when you think you’ve done a great job, but know you can do a better job.
  7. Problems come to test your commitment, use them as stepping stones to reach your goals, hopes and dreams.
  8. Avoid negative people.
  9. Make sure you tell those closest to you that you love them…every day!
  10. Take “I can’t”, “It’s not possible” and “It’s too hard” out of your vocabulary and add in “I can”, “Anything’s possible” and “This is awesome”.
  11. There is life after a devastating diagnosis with many possibilities, you just have to look for them.
  12. Don’t worry too much about falling, just be willing to get back up every time.
  13. Live in the moment – don’t worry about what did or didn’t happen yesterday – just get on with today.

And finally in the words that my friend and inspiration Warren Macdonald instilled in me a number of years ago

14.  Dare to face your fears and believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything! (And oh how right he was!)

As I get closer to the new year I wonder what will challenge me in 2013.  That is a question that we can never answer until those challenges are put in front of us, but I look forward to tackling them head on.  I don’t believe in resolutions because they never work.  If you want to change something or challenge yourself then don’t wait for a new year to begin, start today!  I do have some goals for next year and I have started towards them already.

Some of my goals have to do with my cycling:

  1.  To retain the #1 position in the world in my category
  2. To win the world championships
  3. To become a better rider tactically.

Other goals are personal:

  1. Attempt to put pen to paper and write a book
  2. More blogs for the upcoming year
  3. Build my brand
  4. To love and cherish my family and friends more than ever!

Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year, may all your dreams come true!

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  1. Amanda Campbell 31/12/2012 at 4:30 am - Reply

    You are my inspiration Carol, well done, stay amazing xxx
    I know of a brilliant short course on how to write a book for you, will send you the details
    Amanda x

    • Carol C 04/01/2013 at 4:45 am - Reply

      Thanks Amanda, got your email! Will have a look at it.

  2. Karen Kozie 31/12/2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

    As this year winds down I have taken some time to reflect as well. For me this year has been filled with challenges, although nothing that will be life threatening, just put in front of me I believe to make me work harder and strive to be my best……..just as you say.

    Even though I don’t have a chance to see you I want you to know that I have followed all of your hard work and perserverance. You are truly an amazing woman that has managed to teach me so very much through your actions and accomplishments. You are an inspiration and I am extremely proud to say that you are a friend.

    I hope that this new year brings you closer to your goals, and that you have even greater successes in 2013. Take care Carol……….all the best……….Karen

    • CarolC 31/12/2012 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for your words Karen! I believe that challenges make us better people and that without them life would be extremely boring! Glad to hear that you were able to be your best and hopefully 2013 will bring happiness, health and love to you and your family!

  3. crawford Jenkins 31/12/2012 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Carol – I can’t believe the number of lessons we share. They have worked for me and obviously they are working for you. I turn 83 this summer and I can hit a golf ball with most of the “kids” with whom I play. I started back on my cross-country skis but soon realized I have a lot of catching up to do after a five year lay-off and a host of operations. My daughter Karen told me to keep at it because it’s just like falling off a horse – in order to learn how to ride one has to get back on .
    Hang in there kid.

    • CarolC 31/12/2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Crawford, glad to hear that you have gotten back “on that horse”! There is that old saying “if we don’t use it, we lose it!”

  4. Marjorie Jenkins 31/12/2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    You will always be my inspiration. How I admire you and every thing you have accomplished & continue to do so. I have a sign in my bathroom that Marg-Rheta kept in her BR. It reminds me of you.
    ” I am at home in my body. It is safe for me to relax and be at peace right here, right now. Peace is the power that lives in me.” You definitely seem to be at peace in your body and it certainly is your power.
    You make me want to try harder and use the power in my body to do more. Thank you, dear Carol.
    Wishing you and Russell, a Happy & Prosperous New Year.
    Love you, Aunt Marjorie

    • CarolC 01/01/2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Marjorie, that sign is beautiful! I hope that the following year is everything you ever wish for. Love you too!

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