Rounding up the year
So, as we head into the last month of the year we can see the promise of the new year right in front of us! Are you ready?
Last week I attended a two-day retreat with my amazing business coach and a truly remarkable group of entrepreneurs.
We began with mindset, something we always need to be aware of and working on. Working for yourself – and by yourself – can be very challenging and, at times, lonely. This is why it is so important for us to surround ourselves with like-minded people who are experiencing the same types of challenges that we are.
The first thing to focus on with mindset is: what is holding you back? what is your biggest fear? My biggest fear has always been fear of failure. And while this may be a big fear for many, our definition of failure may be very, very different.
I have learned to connect my fear to my reason why – the reason that I will work through my fear rather than succumb to it.
- What is your biggest fear?
- What is your “reason why” – the reason you do what you do?
- How will that “why” help you to work through your fears?
I have also learned to focus on what it is that I deserve. Somehow that tends to get lost in the travels of life for most of us.
What do you deserve?
What do I want to achieve next year? We took the time to really dive into this. We asked and answered these questions and more:
- What do I want to accomplish in the coming year?
- How much money do I want to make?
- What do I need to change to accomplish these goals?
After answering these questions, we broke it down into smaller goals by working backward. Once you have broken it down into 30, 60, 90 – day goals you will be able to create the action steps you need in order to reach each goal.
Put these steps on your calendar! If it’s not on there, the chances of it actually getting done and you accomplishing your goal(s) is slim to none.
Finally, we chose new accountability partners. This is crucial for me. When I set a goal for the day and do not accomplish it, it is very easy for me to just move that to the next day’s agenda. But it is quite different when I have to tell my accountability partner the next morning that I have not done what I said I would do. Now please understand, I have only received wonderful encouragement from my accountability partners, so it’s not that I am afraid of being chastised or anything like that, it is the feeling of letting myself down, the feeling of failure. Now this is a time when my fear of failure works FOR ME – it keeps me on my toes!
Do you have an accountability partner? If you do, how is that working out for you? Be honest. If it is not working, maybe it is time to figure out WHY and either fix it or move on. If you do not have one, why not make a list of other entrepreneurs that may love the idea of having an accountability partner and reach out to them?
Whatever you do for the new year, make sure it serves YOU!
What tips do you have for planning the next year and making it the best year yet!? (I never say “best EVER” because the best is always yet to come!)