I'm Walking to Fight Bladder Cancer

Survivor / Thriver

My journey with bladder cancer started back in early 2014. I had discomfort in my back. My acupuncturist suggested that it was not muscular and I should see my doctor and request tests. After urine, blood and ultra-sound there was nothing peculiar showing up. Upon returning to my acupuncturist and visiting my Muscle Activation Technique therapist, the acupuncturist suggested I return to my doctor and suggest more tests. At that time my GP scheduled me for at CT scan. Sure enough...the CT scan showed something in the bladder. I was booked in with my urologist - Ron Kodama at Sunnybrook Hospital - and he then booked me for a cystoscopy (up the urethra with a camera to take a look inside the bladder). During the cystoscopy Dr. Kodama noticed two peculiar sites. As it turned out they were two high grade tumours, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. I was in for a TURBT in March of 2014 and then followed up with 18 BCG treatments for up to nearly two years. Gladly, I can say that I got my bladder cancer early, I kept my bladder,  and I have been "all clear" ever since. I now return for an annual cystoscopy to ensure that everything remains in check. Surviving and thriving.

Why I Walk

Bladder Cancer Canada and their team and available resources supported me along my journey. Jack Moon, a co-founder of Bladder Cancer Canada was the first contact that I had in Canada. When I had run my first walk in Kenora, Ontario - David Guttman, another co-founder of Bladder Cancer, and I met and he invited me to audit a board meeting. After the board meeting I became a board member, following that as National Walk Lead and these past three years Volunteer Chair of the Board at Bladder Cancer Canada.

We Save Lives

Through our devoted volunteers and staff, Bladder Cancer Canada delivers support to our patient community - raises awareness about the disease and our support programs and funds important research through our Medical Advisory and Research Board and the Bladder Cancer Canada Research Network.

YOUR SUPPORT of MY WALK ensures that we can fulfill on our mandate, year after year.

Please Support My Walk this year

I hope that you will consider supporting my walk this year. I respect and appreciate that times are difficult in the face of COVID-19. If you are making your plans for charitable donations in 2021 - I hope that you might include a donation to Bladder Cancer Canada's Awareness Walk. My personal walk / team page is at FERG DEVINS FAMILY AND FRIENDS .

It would be awesome if you could support my walk - it would be even more awesome if you actually registered to be part of the team. We are hoping that Canadians coast to coast to coast will join our walk this year - register and help raise awareness about bladder cancer with our family friends and neighbours.

Thank You !

Sincere thanks for sticking with me along this journey. Your support is truly inspiring, valued and impactful.


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Bladder Cancer Awareness - Pandemic Times

New Normal - Same Cancer

Since March of 2020 our patient community, like so many other patients facing their challenging times, has been reminded to continue to pursue their appointments with doctors and appropriate follow up - pertaining to their own individual circumstances. The pandemic may be causing us a new context of normal but we are reminded that it is the same old cancer.

Symptoms not Lessened in Importance

Critical to bladder cancer patients is the fact that symptoms are still symptoms. We caution the public and remind them that if they see red in their urine they should seek out their doctor and request tests. Through these challenging times, one might find themself taking an easier route of "waiting til this is over" to seek advice. Don't wait. If you see red in your urine - start the process of checking this out with your doctor. It might require some tests, an ultra-sound, maybe even a CT scan. If your doctor is concerned, he/she might refer you to a urologist. Don't delay because of COVID-19. Advocate for yourself and be sure to take the steps necessary to rule out bladder cancer.


Bladder Cancer Canada Support

Bladder Cancer Awareness - Support Network

Up to this point...

You had a symptom, you sought advice, you underwent tests, you had a follow up consult, a referral to a urologist, a further examine, a cystoscopy, further blood and urine tests, maybe another imaging scan, a TURBT to remove tumours from the bladder, a follow up pathology report followed by BCG treatments.

You may not have had that total experience, but that is where I was at in my journey from diagnosis in early January, surgery in March and BCG in May/June (first six weeks of induction).

In a time of "all clear"

Coming through all of that, you might now be at a stage to plan your continued journey with bladder cancer. Those of us with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer are reminded and conscious of the fact that there tends to be a high recurrence of the disease. In that regard, we tend to think of how we can ensure that the cancer does not return. Given that I underwent 18 installations of BCG, followed by three month check-ups, extended to six month check-ups and now annual check-ups - I'm feeling pretty good with my latest "all clear". However, I know that I need to be in tune with my own body and be on the watch for any possible signs and know when I might need to dial back in with my urologist.

Seeking Support

Through my own journey, I had initially reached out through the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network of America (BCAN) and their Inspire Network. When I was googling at the time, that seemed to be the most prominent patient support network. Interestingly enough, they were kind enough to refer me to Jack Moon in Canada. Jack is one of the Co-Founders of Bladder Cancer Canada. He and David Guttman founded Bladder Cancer Canada in 2009. In the past couple of years, thanks to some support through Paul Kraemer and his expertise, Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC) has worked hard at rising up through the google search ranks and are positioned well as the Canadian patient support network.

Defining Your Support Needs

Depending on your own personal needs, you will know what kind of support you require. My first suggestion is to rely heavily on your own family, loved ones and neighbours. No doubt they are concerned for you and want to help you along your journey. Take them up on it! On the patient support front, I strongly (remember I'm volunteer Chair...) recommend the resources at Bladder Cancer Canada.

Bladder Cancer Canada is there for you. They/We offer patient support through a number of different channels. There are terrific patient guidebooks covering the range of bladder cancer that you might be facing. There is a help line and contact form. We have a presence on all social networks - Facebook (main page and community pages) - Twitter - Instagram - LinkedIN, where you can engage in a direct and personal conversation or post publicly for others to learn. We have a discussion forum that is moderated and managed by a team of volunteers to guide you along your journey. BCC also has a YouTube channel with past webinars and presentations that will support you along your bladder cancer path. In several centres across Canada there are ongoing patient support groups for people to engage with each other and share learnings from their own experiences with bladder cancer.

Supporting You

No matter what your needs might be as a patient faced with bladder cancer - our team at Bladder Cancer Canada is here to support you.

Wishing you well.


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Bladder Cancer Awareness - Get Involved

Your Journey

Remember those words your first heard "bladder cancer". Your world was on hold, your mind was idle, your heart raced, your focus was gone for moments. Yet, you pulled through that initial diagnosis - determined your course of action and here you are today ready this blog post along your current journey with bladder cancer. You made it ! YOU are now a wonderful example of someone who has dealt with bladder cancer and is moving forward with your life. Yes there have been adaptations and bumps along the way, but  you have adapted and your are thriving as a bladder cancer survivor.

Spread the Learning

There is a unique opportunity for you to engage in the bladder cancer community and share your learning. After I had been introduced to Bladder Cancer Canada by a referral from the Inspire Network in the USA to Jack Moon - Co-Founder at Bladder Cancer Canada - I found the wonderful resources at BCC. I endeavoured to do a walk for bladder cancer in my summer community of Kenora, Ontario and went on to raise close to $50,000 dollars for the cause that year. (Thanks to my wonderful network of family, friends, former colleagues and acquaintances across Canada and around the world). My intent was to "give back" and do something to support the fine work at Bladder Cancer Canada - and to hopefully help others who might be facing this disease.

Here's Hoping that YOU will Get Involved

I chose first to do a walk in Kenora. I always smile when I think of that story. I had called Bladder Cancer Canada and the Executive Director advised that there was a walk in Winnipeg - close by. I explained that I wasn't going to make the two hour drive to walk in Winnipeg - I wanted to walk in my community with family and friends. We had a wonderful walk, I connected with family and friends AND I connected with other bladder cancer patients in Kenora!  The walk rose awareness and funds for BCC.

So...YOU...might find what you see as an opportunity to help generate awareness or raise funds for this worthy cause. OR...you might decide that you would like to volunteer as a peer to peer support person. These patients support patients along their journey. Let's face it, you leave your doctor's office with confidence in their medical care - but you have so many other questions and concerns that a patient can support "peer to peer".

Perhaps you will WALK this year in the Bladder Cancer Canada Awareness Walk when Canada Walks for Bladder Cancer September 25th and 26th. (the site at bccwalk.ca will launch June 14th) Or perhaps you will partake in a patient information ZOOM call. Or perhaps you will help with one of the local Facebook pages on posting content. Or perhaps you can assist with French translation for the francophone community. Or perhaps you know of potential sponsors for our walk to call upon for support. Or perhaps you know of someone leading a foundation that might provide funding for our programs and or research. Or perhaps you will make yourself available to speak with a patient that has a similar profile to for support along their journey. There are endless opportunities for you to get involved.

Your Participation is Impactful

Just know that how you decide to get involved and whatever action you take will have IMPACT for Bladder Cancer Canada and for our patient community. Your participation is invaluable. We at Bladder Cancer Canada are truly only as strong as our volunteers and their support networks. Our success is based on the fact that we were Co-Founded by two patients and our focus has been on patient support from day one, along with awareness and funding reasearch. Patients are job one!

If you are interested in participating or connecting feel free to write me at fergd@bladdercancercanada.org. We'll find a role for you at BCC!

My Experience - So Worthwhile and Rewarding

After my walk efforts in Kenora I was recruited by Co-Founder David Guttman. We were going to meet for a coffee on Bayview and ended up enjoying a nice cold Molson Export together. So much happens after a refreshing ale! I joined the Board at BCC, then became National Walk Lead for a couple of years and have been the current Board Chair the past three years. I am so proud to be part of this vibrant group of volunteers. It is a great place to help make a difference. I hope more will join our efforts and get involved.



Bladder Cancer Awareness - BCG Treatments

Standard Care Treatment for Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

As per my last post, I was diagnosed with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and after my TURBT and the pathology report, it was classifed as a Ta high grade disease. Thus, my doctor suggested that I should follow up with the standard recommendation of BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) a treatment, in my case post surgery, after the removal of the two tumours.

BCG (explanation directly from Bladder Cancer Canada site)

Once the bladder has healed from your diagnostic TURBT, a second TURBT may be performed within about six weeks if the tumour was aggressive. A drug called BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) may be inserted into your bladder through a catheter once a week for about six weeks (intravesical therapy).

BCG is a weakened form of the tuberculosis mycobacterium which stimulates immune responses within the bladder to destroy the cancer cells.

You’ll hold the BCG inside your bladder for up to two hours. Medical facilities have different treatment protocols, but you may be asked to spend time lying down and perhaps rolling on each side and front and back to ensure the chemical makes contact with the whole bladder lining.

Maintenance treatments of BCG may be prescribed to reduce the risk of the tumour recurring. This often involves a three-week treatment plan every three to six months for up to three years.

The initial treatments usually produce few if any side effects, but as the treatments progress, you may experience burning when urinating, a sense of urgency to urinate or the need to urinate more frequently. Some people report fatigue and a mild fever, achiness and nausea. There can be severe reactions, such as pain, inflammation and bleeding, but these are not the norm and diluted or reduced amounts of BCG can be given to help combat these side effects.

The Treatment Process

At Sunnybrook Hospital, urology department, I would visit the cystoscopy suite for my course of treatments. The first cycle was six treatments over six weeks beginning in May of 2014, with a break, and then three weeks of treatments, with breaks up to December 2015. I would make an effort to get in for the earliest appointment in the morning. The procedure involves dropping your drawers and then covering yourself up. The nurse will prep the area, provide some freezing gel for the urethra, insert and catheter and then put the BCG up into the bladder. It takes a matter of minutes. You then expected to return home, go about your day or lay down and "baste". After two hours you can start to "drink like a fish (as one nurse suggested) and then start to pee the stuff out. My ritual was always going home and making a nice big pot of Lipton's Chicken Noodle soup, followed by glasses of water all day long - with intermittent pee sessions - until everything was running clear by the evening. There was some burning session, but nothing too severe. The day of the BCG installation I felt pretty drained, groggy, just worn down. However, awakening the following day I felt a renewed feeling of energy and was back feeling top notch. In the last few installations of BCG I would actually see blood when I was voiding. This was surprising to me, because it was the only time that I had actually seen blood in the urine. All said and done after 18 installations (6-3-3-3-3) I was complete. After 18 installations, Dr. Kodama suggested that I call it "complete". Touch wood - I've not had to return for any more BCG treatments.

Check ups...

I did return for Cystoscopies after BCG treatments on a regular 3 month interval, that then got extended to six months and now I have been on an annual visit in November for annual check ups. So far so good. Love to hear those words - "All Clear for another year, see you in twelve months".


As I have stated in previous blog posts on my bladder cancer journey, this is my own experience. I know in speaking with other patients that some had other experiences. Some folks really find the cystoscopies uncomfortable, or the BCG treatments intolerable. I just found that with each procedure the most important factor is to attempt to relax. If you can be as calm as possible, and not tense up muscles, you will have a fairly pain free experience. The other critical factor was to drink plenty of water - like a fish!  I always remarked that it is amazing what you get used to along the journey to beat bladder cancer!





Staging Bladder Cancer

Bladder Cancer Awareness - Staging / Grading

Images and Test Results

As patients of bladder cancer we will have experienced that first session with our general practitioner, where they have most likely had you undertake some sort of imaging to determine what might be going on internally. From that stage you likely visited a urologist who would have undertaken more tests and possibly proceeded with a cystoscopy to examine the inside of your bladder.

At this point, you have had a number of tests or scans to narrow down the diagnosis. These tests or images will also determine your course of action, treatment for the weeks and months ahead to wrestle this bladder cancer to the ground.


In my case, in March 2014, I was in for a TURBT - resection/surgery to remove two tumours from within my bladder.

From those tumours there was pathology undertaken to determine the stage and grade of my bladder cancer. After my surgery I returned to my urologist to test the bladder with a flow test. Successfully completing the flow test, we reviewed the pathology report and determined the next course of action for follow up treatment.

Today - so many of us as patients have full access to our "charts". Whether it is the Life Labs or Hospital or Institution My Chart - we often have the test results before our doctors have even read them, let alone book us in for a follow up appointment.

Don't Do this at Home on Your Own

CAUTION - your pathology reports or tests results should only be interpreted and consulted with you with your doctor. Your own interpretation is not professional nor knowledgeable. I always chuckle when I first read a CT scan report and something was indicated as "unremarkable". Gosh...you would think that something unremarkable would not look great. In fact the "unremarkable" actually means that there is nothing of concern. You might like to take a peek at your results, given that you will likely have access before you see your doctor. Just be cautious on trying to interpret their meaning on your own. What you might do is have a peek and prepare yourself with questions, based on what you are reading on the report. That will be helpful to your doctor or urologist to be prepared for the minutes that you will have together.

The other caution is to understand that your results might be very different than a friend or acquaintance's results. For instance, I had non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. My pathology report indicated that I had "Ta high grade disease". Thus the actual tumour in the bladder was non-invasive papillary carcinoma - that being that it had not gone into the wall of the bladder. However, the "high grade" means that it could in fact become of concern and aggressive. Thus, my course of action was to undergo a series of treatments with BCG (more to follow on that).

Stage and Grade

This Bladder Cancer Canada is a really clear snap shot of Stage and Grade information - with a visual - I think you will find it useful.

At Bladder Cancer Canada we are prompted by our Co-Found Jack Moon and continuing to make understanding medical terms in layman terms so that people can have a better understanding of what they are facing, what has been done and what still needs to be done on their bladder cancer journey.

Next post...

Next  up will be BCG - the treatment that I underwent as a follow up to my "Ta high grade disease". I sit here in May of 2021 still "all clear". Cheers to that !


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Bladder Cancer Awareness - The TURBT

Transurethral Resection  of a Bladder Tumour

The TURBT. The transurethral resection of a bladder tumour. This was the procedure that I underwent at Sunnybrook Health Sciences with Dr. Kodama. I arrived prior to 6am in the morning to check-in, after having completed pre-surgical screening a few weeks prior. I was prepped and then held in a queue to be taken to the surgical floor. A resident intern greeted me and provided me with reassurance and some pre-op conversation. I then proceeded to the surgical suite where I was comfortable but under general anesthetic for the procedure. When I awoke in the recovery room I still had a catheter attached and the Dr. reassured me that the procedure had gone well with no complications. The critical factor was to see how the bladder was clearing into a container at the end of the bed. I was overnight with a return visit from the resident intern ensuring that I had rested comfortably. A neighbour, a retired nurse, was working the recovery ward. By mid morning I was peeing quite clear and all systems were go. I was released by noon that day heading home to rest comfortably.

No complications

I was fortunate that I did not have any complications. I have heard from others who may have experienced some clotting or had catheters in longer or returned home with catheters. My catheter was removed before I left the hospital and I returned home in comfort. I continued to drink lots of water to ensure the bladder was functioning well. I was to return to the doctor within a few weeks to assess the pathology report and determine what steps would be next in my bladder cancer journey - more to follow.

Great resources to Review

Bladder Cancer Canada offers very complete and informative patient guidebooks. All the details pertaining to non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and the approaches to dealing with it are included in this resource.

Bladder Cancer Advocacy of America has a great description of the TURBT on their website.

The Cleveland Clinic has a very straight forward summary of the TURBT.

An animated YouTube video from PreOp.com is a good overview of the procedure of TURBT.

Some surgeons may use a blue light for the TURBT procedure - more information here related to the us of blue light.

Wishing you well on your journey. After your TURBT the doctor will want to see you for a post surgical discussion to assess what they found with respect to the stage and grade of your bladder cancer and what your courses of action will be for follow-up. More to follow.





Bladder Cancer Awareness - Between Diagnosis and Surgery

My Reflection

I remind folks reading this series of blog posts related to my own non-muscle invasive bladder cancer journey that these are reflections related to my own personal journey in 2014 and forward. Each individual may have a slightly different experience, or a drastically different experience in their bladder cancer journey. I am hopeful that my posts are giving some helpful insights into my own journey - which may in some respects be similar to what others are experiencing or have experienced. In many ways I was fortunate to have been diagnosed with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. I was diagnosed early, got it out of there, underwent treatments with BCG (more to follow) and in my mind I have been all clear since my TURBT in 2014.

Between Diagnosis and Surgery

There was that period between being diagnosed with what was assumed to be two cancerous tumours and the date of surgery. My urologist also mentioned that one of the tumours was close to a ureter and could potentially be cause for concern on possibly impacting that ureter.

Seeking More Information

So...where does one turn after leaving the office of the urologist being told you have bladder cancer and your surgery is scheduled for March 24 !?

Telling Family and Friends

Firstly, my wife was always moments away walking in the park behind Sunnybrook "on the ready" to pick me up. She arrived at the lower level and naturally asked "how did it go?". Well I said, I am diagnosed with bladder cancer. She said "what!". At that point I realize that I know as much as her, except that I had the pleasure of going through the cystoscopy and actually seeing the tumours on the screen.

We proceeded home and onto the computer to assess what bladder cancer involved. Naturally I would not know the stage or grade or severity until after the surgery was complete, the doctor had assessed his work and pathology reported on the results. More to follow on that.

So...what does one do at this stage? Firstly, we decided that we would be very open with family and friends. This wasn't something that I/we were going to hide from. However - we did fully understand what news that we were able to convey. I think that is important, because family and friends are likely to have more questions than you have answers.

Resources You Can Count On

I started with "Dr. Google". Although many will say...don't search on google, you will find all kinds of wrongful information - I started by looking for groups where patients were in conversation. I found the Inspire Network initially that is based in the US. It was fed off the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network in the USA. Interestingly enough, when I connect with folks on the Inspire Network - they referred me to Jack Moon in Canada. Jack is one of the Co-Founders of Bladder Cancer Canada. Bladder Cancer Canada is the national patient support network in Canada. They have rich resources, patient guide books, backed up by a medical and research advisory board, peer to peer support avails and an ongoing discussion forum where patients can engage in conversation about their own story and challenges. NOTE - I am currently the Volunteer Chair of Bladder Cancer Canada...more to come on that.

After connect with Jack and finding all of the resources at Bladder Cancer Canada, I was more versed in all that I would be facing in the next stages of my bladder cancer journey.

I was also fortunate to have a friend at work who said that a close friend of his had experienced bladder cancer. We met briefly over coffee and he re-assured me that in his mind, me catching this early, was going to prove to be beneficial and that hopefully the tumours removed would be surface of the bladder and thus non-muscle invasive and not into the wall of the bladder that could result in more serious surgical procedures and possible removal of the bladder.

Rest up For Surgery

All of this said, by the time I vacationed with my wife and son in Aruba for a week, just prior to surgery - I had a pretty good feeling of being informed about what I was facing and the various possible outcomes that might ensue.

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In Canada, by connecting with Bladder Cancer Canada, their people, the resources, their guidebooks,  the fellow patients, discussion forums...you will be ready to start your bladder cancer journey and moving forward along this path with abundant resources.


Bladder Cancer Awareness - After the Cystoscopy

Meeting the urologist

My first meeting with the urologist was February 5th, my cystoscopy took place on February 27th.

Debrief after Cystoscopy

After the cystoscopy you will get dressed and wait for the de-brief with your urologist (in my experience).

That first cystoscopy is truly the discovery examination. What's going on in there? Is there anything to be found? Is there anything of interest? Is there anything to be followed up on?

In my case, my debrief with the resident intern and Dr. Kodama resulted in a very straight-forward matter of fact explanation that what they had seen was in fact two cancer tumours inside the bladder. At this point, you just find out that it looks like cancer.

Its Bladder Cancer

Naturally, as so many have said before me, when you hear the words cancer you hear nothing else. Your heart races, your mind races, the worst scenarios start popping into your mind.


Dr. Kodama then explained to me that he had seen this many times, understood that I would need to undergo an operation where the tumours would removed. He likely spoke about it being a TURBT. T U R B T stands for trans urethral resection of bladder tumour. It’s an operation to remove an early cancer in your bladder.

The doctor explained that they resect the tumour and margins around the tumour and then assess through pathology what we are facing.

Booking Surgery

He pulled out his surgical calendar and reviewed what dates were available. I interjected suggesting that perhaps I need to speak with my wife. Dr. Kodama understood that I would need to speak with my wife but suggested that it would not impact the fact that I needed to have surgery and rather than lose time let's get it in the calendar. I agreed, my only condition being that I had a trip booked to Aruba, returning on the 23rd of March. We booked surgery for the 24th. I said I'd been tanned and hung over...smiles.

The operation was booked for March 24th - next blog to follow.

My reflection only...

NOTE: I re-state that this particular experience is my experience. Others may experience or have experienced other situations, diagnosis and follow-up. I'm just recounting my particular experience and the procedures and follow up that I personally experienced.



How's that New Year Resolution going?

How's that new year resolution going?

So it is still very early in the new year. Heck February 22nd...still early in 2021. Are you still on track with that new year's resolution list?

We can sometimes get a little antsy about the promises we made to ourselves for the new year. There might be even more pressure if that new year resolution actually impacted more than just you and your plan for the year. You spoke those words, now you need the plan for action.

Let's face it, 2020 was a year like no other, never, nadda, nope - and hopefully not one like that ever again!

I like to think that my intentions for the year are pretty straight forward. My plan for action is underway. Eating more healthfully (dabbling with the 17 day diet) - More active (target 10,000 steps a day...or 5K walk a day) - Monitoring food (just simply getting back to eating healthy, smaller portions, less fat, cut back on the wings, reduce adult beverages) -  More focused on social networks (Interesting find of the new Clubhouse App which is actually like a conversational podcast where you get to participate). Goals are not too lofty - but no matter how grand they need to be actioned.

It is said that it takes 21 days to create a habit or 21 days to rid yourself of a habit. To keep the new habit it takes commitment and determination. A commitment to self discipline.

With all of the positive words, phrases, thoughts for 2021 - you might have some fun with this word art tool below. If nothing else it might give you some inspiration in your workspace.

Have some fun and create some word art with some of the thoughts that are on your mind for your world in 2021:

When you look at your list you will find different magnitudes of thought and interest. Some of the thoughts might have a significant consequence, some of them minor, some of them are things that should just get done.  On a lighter scale, some are perhaps wishful thoughts. Hey...why not dream a little bit too.

Reinforcing Personal Commitment

None of it will get done, without a commitment to do and action to follow.

Furthermore, whatever it is that you/we/ I want to get done - it doesn't just magically happen because someone decided to make it happen for us. We have the power to take the action and get on with the doing. As I often say "Your Day is only as good as YOU make it".

Three Resources To Consider

I've always been a big fan of Chris Brogan and Rob Hatch at owner.org. Chris always kicks off the year with the practice of defining his three words. It is a powerful way to focus on three contextual words that can set up goals and your purpose for the year ahead. What's really important here is that they set a context for action. They are not necessarily initiatives unto themselves. They set a context to shift the mindset to help you get focussed on who and what you need to be to get things moving in a direction. That direction might be a continued direction or a new direction or perhaps a level above last year's direction. The important factor, in my opinion, is that they are foundational. They lay a foundation for the rest of the year. Chris and Rob have ongoing webinars and a slew of resources for personal and business development needs.

Another person I have come to respect and follow is Dr. Benjamin Hardy. Ben has been working on a really great 12 month program since he first launched is "52 Week Momentum" course and weekly coaching through to his current AMP (Accelerated Momentum Program) that integrates accountability pods with weekly check ins. Lots of great resources at Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin has his PHD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The Facebook group brings people from around the world together in conversations of possibility. Benjamin also writes some very inspiring and helpful posts at Medium. He's one of the leading writers in that space and his clear thinking and suggestions for success are wonderfully inspiring.

Finally, an annual event that focused on social media - the Social Media Marketing World Summit - was a wonderful conference held in San Diego in March. Last year I attended. We were the last 4500 person conference in the San Diego Convention Centre before the COVID-19 lockdown. Amazed that we got in and out of there without a major situation as the pandemic descended upon the states. Social Media Examiner is the oversight group and lots of wonderful resources. I'm a member of the Social Media Marketing Society with great online resources available at every turn and such a welcoming and supportive group on all platforms.

Structured Support

So don't despair. Find your support network and system that you need to fulfil on success this year and for years to come. It might be a friend that you meet for coffee each week, your spouse, your children, your extended family or a mentor and coach. Perhaps your team at work needs to have a morning or afternoon workshop to determine "what's important and how are we going to get it done".For you personally, it can also be various personal support systems. Fitness - A Trainer, Diet - "Lose It App", "NOOM", Social Media Knowledge - Social Media Examiner, Finances -  Freshbooks, New prospects - Clubhouse and the list goes on.

Like the famous weight loss coach for men Harvey Brooker used to say, "If you could have done it alone, you would have done it already (R.I.P.)".

Take Action NOW

Importantly, don't let another month slide by and still be sitting at the current place with respect to fulfilling your plan for the new year. Take action today. Map it out, write it down, plan milestones, make commitments, journal it, envision it, calendarize it. As Benjamin Hardy would suggest - decide who you need "to be" to make that happen.

Wishing you a Great 2021

Finally, when you question yourself about how that new year resolution is going, what response would you like to have for yourself? By setting your goals, with a plan for action, your year will be as good as you want to make it. 2021 can only be better than 2021 - Let's do this!

Wishing you much happiness, peace, joy, and harmony in 2021. Cheers!