Old 2010 and New 2011

New Year Day. I love this time of year, if only because I let my mind wander free into the land of dreams and possible outcomes. Like painting on canvas, I start to sketch with broad strokes in different directions, opening myself to my fullest potential, daring to dream big.

Options are endless but my heart desires focus. Experience has thought me that by being consistent in one area I'm able to extract more wisdom and enjoy the finest quality of focused attention.

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In previous years, my yearly focus had shifted from heavy socializing to extreme physical training to complete financial freedom attainment, to last year's focus of helping others. Now sitting in my comfortable Melbourne apartment, reading through some past notes and recollecting the highlights of 2010, I realize how much of my last year's intentions had been brought to life.

When I set the intention in Brazil, January last year I already had plans to volunteer in the US but I never imagined I will be building a house in Peru, helping a business in Bolivia or coaching several people over the net.

Opportunities and people were constantly presenting themselves. Random People I met on the road offered or asked for help. Examples are many. A young German guy asked me to coach him only a week after setting my coaching intention. Patrick, a carpenter from Ireland, offered his help only few days after committing to rebuilding the Peruvian house. It felt like all the forces of the Universe neatly aligned to enable it.

2010 was, by far, one of the most gratifying years I have ever experienced. If I thought crossing the finishing line in an Ironman competition was a pinnacle of gratification, along came the house project, which proved to be even more satisfying.

Here are my favorite highlights from 2010:

* Incredible NYE and Carnival week in Rio De Janeiro
* Trekking to Machu Piccho with great friends.
* Experiencing the Amazon and other remote areas of Brazil
* Building a house in Peru
* Magical surfing week in Mancora
* Helping a business in Bolivia
* 2 months Volunteering at Option & Autism center in the US
* Getting Engaged to my beautiful Kyle in Montreal
* Visiting family and friends across the US.
* Snorkeling and swimming in Sinai with Kyle.
* Providing personal coaching and mentoring.
* Taking a fitness coaching program in Melbourne.

In much the same was as my Ironman experience, building a house required consistent effort of placing myself outside my comfort zone - tasks such as asking people I barley knew for money, purchasing building materials in a foreign land and an unfamiliar environment, conversing in Spanish with locals, or working for long hours at the construction site - but one element was present above all.

This project involved more People, in a wider range of roles and levels of contribution, than I had ever experienced. Around 100 people took part in the project, directly or indirectly. It required the extensive coordination of people from different countries, speaking different languages, and with different agendas. And, perhaps most importantly, a family's life was dependent on its success.

It was incredibly rewarding.

Which brings me to 2011.

If I want to encourage more people to engage themselves in rewarding missions, such as helping others or attaining financial freedom, I need to be not only a good role model, but also a better storyteller. And it is through mediums such as the internet and written media such as books, that vast numbers of people, worldwide, can become more aware of what they are truly capable of.

My 2011 main focus is therefore simple.

Become a better writer, and a better marketer of my written work.

My prime intention with this year's focus is to actively encourage as many people as I can, through effective writing and my own journey, to pursue purposeful missions and by doing so, live their lives to their fullest potential.

Happy 2011!

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Tal Gur is a location independent entrepreneur, author, and impact investor. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His most recent book and bestseller, The Art of Fully Living - 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World, has set the stage for his new mission: elevating society to its abundance potential.

 

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Tal Gur is a location independent entrepreneur, author, and impact investor. After trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, he spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His most recent book and bestseller, The Art of Fully Living - 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World, has set the stage for his new mission: elevating society to its abundance potential.

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