The Focus for 2013

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The photo is the view just before my last class of 2012. As we reach the end of another year, I am reminded of a quote “The days go slow, the years go fast.” This year has flown by. I feel like summer has only just passed, and here we are approaching the end of the year.

I wish you health and grand adventures for 2013. January sets the tone for the year. What’s your 20-Mile march for 2013?

100,000 Video Views


Thanks to your help my Educational YouTube channel The Rhetorical Journey achieved over 100,000 views this year. YouTube has overtaken my blog as the most consumed information that I have on the web.

My most viewed video is Improve Your Speaking with

  • 127,000 minutes watched
  • 50% of viewers have watched more than 3:20 minutes of the video.

Focus and Discipline

My 3 words for 2012 were:

  • Create
  • Connect
  • Complete

I didn’t complete my one BIG project for 2012 – write a book.  However, I did manage to create a lot of content in my procrastination.  Plenty of video on the YouTube channel, an online course and an iTunes podcast; new seminar formats and seminars in new countries.

How was your 2012?  Did you have a focus?

What will 2013 be for you?  What words will represent your year?

Happy 2013 from me to you.


  1. Expectant! Conor, I did finish my book in 2012, but that’s only the half of it. Marketing is the harder part but I don’t think you will struggle with that area as much as most authors do. They aren’t out looking for me so I must find them and their need.
    I love your teaching videos! Keep up the great work. Blessings and peace for the coming year!

    1. My 20 miles remains the same as 2012… write 500 words a day; however, I see that youtube has become my single biggest online visit generator through my channel and now 41 videos uploaded… so will be making sure to turn more text into videos 😉

  2. Hi Conor,

    I share with you that “frustration” of the book in 2012 (half written in 2011 in my case…). Did I have “focus”? On other fronts yes, partially yes, and in between… a lesson learned from 2012 is that I had way too many objectives, that is an overall lack of focus…

    I’ll have to learn to let go, to say “no”, etc, etc

    Looking forward to your 3 words for 2013 (I may take part of your advise of focusing on fewer thing).

    Merry Xmas

  3. Hi Connor!

    Optimism is the word! We all need plenty of that facing new ventures both in business and in personal life. Despite the tough times we are living in, let’s find the bright side of life aknowledging that it seems that the world won’t end today! 🙂

    Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013.

  4. Hopeful … hopeful that the world will not end today, hopeful that we will find a way to move the world forward, hopeful that we will leave a better world for future generations
    and … hopeful that I’ll manage to get most things done before Christmas; and to do that, “I’m Goff and I’m off!. Have a wonderful festive season and keep inspiring people, Conor

  5. Conor, thank you for your continuous call to action.
    I believe that in crisis lays the seed of renovation, and I think it’s in our hands (you want it or not) to take action and do whatever we can to contribute to the new world that is awaiting us (no, I’m not thinking of the Maya calendar at all) Here’s my thoughts on a world of opportunities
    So my 3 words for 2013: opportunity, abundance, uniqueness.
    All the best! Leonardo

  6. A good way to make us think about our new year projects! I learned I have to plan even better…
    Thanks for that.

  7. Hello Connor.
    In 2013 I´m thinking on “opportunities” in all senses: for my clients (entrepreneurs) and for me.
    Merry Christmas

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