You know, for some people, 2013 will be their best year ever.
And for others, it will be more of the same - many will continue as Thoreau said to 'lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.'
What you make of 2013 is largely a matter of Smacht - the Irish word for 'Discipline'. With SMACHT, you can achieve almost any goal you set your mind and heart on.
One of the great disciplines is to get energised and educated and inspired by other great performers and presenters. One way of doing this is to read about them in books or online. There is still no substitute for a live event.
On Friday, February 1 Smacht welcomes some of the worlds finest examples of best in class.
Welcome Paul Kenny back to Galway from Dubai and hear his amazing story of how he built North Africa's biggest online business in less than two years. Listen to what he has to say about how you too can grow a multimillion euro business by capitalising on the €3.5 billion online market'. Paul, apart from being a serial entrepreneur will charge you with positive energy that will sustain you for the remainder of 2013. Without doubt, the hottest thing in Irish business now.
Participate in a facilitated round table discussion on 'The Kenny Factor'. This will explore how best to apply Paul's considerable knowledge to your business and will form the basis of a document that will be distributed after the event.
Learn from Declan Dooley, Managing Director of the Galway and Cork Independent on how to savagely and decisively cut costs in his business. Mr Dooley’s story alone could be the difference between survival or success or significance in your business in 2013. His talk is entitled “How we annihilated costs and turned our business around.”
Watch Ken Horan, world champion Kickboxing champion, strut his stuff at SMACHT Mór. Ken is not just a killer in the ring - he's a gentleman and one of Galway's great business people. Observe at close quarters what 'putting the boot in' really means.
Participate with Professor Aidan Daly in a session of 'Service Theatre'. See what you can learn, adapt and apply from theatre, acting and even sport, that can assist business people provide excellent customer service.
Listen to Owen O'Malley describe how he built a multimillion international business from his home in Fanad in Co Donegal. In addition, listen out for some of his techniques on how to make your money work for you as opposed to working for money.
Learn from David Tarpey how to say 'Yes' to life should disaster hit. What will inspire you utterly about David is not just the business he built after his spinal chord was crushed in a tractor accident but the amount of life he fits into every day.
Get a few tips for Cheltenham from Brendan O'Rourke, TG4s Racing Correspondent, as he launches Pádraic Ó Máille's new book The Midas Power. Apart from being an iconic racing tipster, Brendan is also one of the outstanding teachers of presentation skills in Ireland having coached a plethora of the nations finest orators and debaters.
Finally, get a summary of the key points of The Midas Power - How to Go From Powerless to Powerful in Seven Days - by the author himself, Pádraic Ó Máille. The parable summarises many of the key points covered on the SMACHT personal development programme.
The investment for the day, to include lunch, handouts and refreshments is €100. Priority will be given to SMACHT participants but, as there is a limit of 150, Smacht would encourage you to book now.