Tis’ the season to be jolly and we can sure feel a Christmassy vibe creeping into the office. One of the things that brings us the most joy is thinking about the support our members have extended to Grow NZ Business this year. You are our reason for existing! We are so humbled and grateful that we can serve and support you with your own business growth.

It has really only just begun. We will be scaling up our presence and offerings in 2020 with even more initiatives to help you and your business flourish – so watch this space!

In the meantime, I’d like to use this final email of 2019 to check in with you, both personally and professionally.

There’s an unspoken expectation, around this time of year where gifts are given and celebrations are held, that these things will bring us happiness. And to an extent, they do. But it’s short term happiness. Real happiness is something we need to work on internally, every day, and I couldn’t think of a better gift to give or receive.  So here are three simple, fast and fail-proof ways to get you on your way.

  1. Practice gratitude.

    The end of the year is a perfect time to look back on what you have achieved and who has helped you along the way. Take this stuff in, list out the things you are grateful for, big or small. It’s hugely motivating to focus on what’s gone well and the opportunities and people in our lives that have helped us succeed.

  2. Find your inner child.

    Children are constantly on the hunt for the next good time and manage to laugh around 400 times a day. Compare that to the 15 times an average adult will laugh a day and things start to feel a bit depressing. Laughter is not only the best medicine, it’s attractive, contagious and is a fast route to happiness.

  3. Dare to dream.

    Stop editing your dreams and goals to make them more realistic. Allow yourself to dream big and set yourself small manageable goals to get there. Remember what Steve Jobs famously said; “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone,  here’s to your success and growth in 2020, we look forward to being right here with you.