Welcome, dear friend, to the glorious New Year!
Yes, that's right, we're a firmly into 2018, and it's finally the time where we're all going to drop twenty pounds, finally give up drinking and swearing, and make our businesses bright, shiny, and better than ever before, right?
*cue the laugh track*
Wait, why's that so funny? Is it because we all want to promise ourselves we'll do great stuff, only we suspect we'll fall flat on our faces, so in an attempt to protect ourselves from future disappointment, we mock resolutions and goals and those unenlightened folks who have them?
Ah, yes. Classic self-sabotage masquerading as self-preservation.
(NO, I am not a psychologist, but I did play one on TV once...)
Here's the deal.
You CAN achieve all those things.
You DON'T have to laugh at goals and resolutions.
You SHOULD make this the time to turn your dreams into realities.
Really and truly.
The only thing standing between you and all the stuff you want is fear - or possibly inertia - and there's an easy way to get past that. It's called support.
So. What is it that you want for yourself and your biz this year? Better yet, what is it that you want FROM yourself and your biz this year?
- Is it really to get in shape? This one's easy - get a trainer at the gym, join a running group, sign up for Weight Watchers. YES, make someone else aware of your goals, and be accountable to them. It's really hard to skip Barre when you know the instructor is going to call you out in front of everyone the next time you see her.
- Is it really to quit drinking or swearing? Don't mess around putting a Swear Jar on the counter - having a visual reminder of what you're Not Supposed To Do will only draw your attention to the very thing you're trying to get rid of. Instead, hang out with the folks who don't do either of these things, and fill your calendar with non-drinky-sweary activities. Instead of day-drinking at a barbecue, go hiking instead. If you know you like to throw back a few and swear like a sailor at the bowling alley, go to a museum instead. Try new things, you'll like it.
- Is it really to kick butt in your business? OK, I don't want to be trite, but THEY (whoever they are) say that you're the sum of the five people you hang around the most, so check out your inner circle - are you hanging out with whiny 9-to-5ers who hate Mondays? I'm not saying ditch your best pals - I'm saying you should also ADD IN a great group of people who want to succeed as much as you do. Even better if you have common goals, like improving your marketing, finally getting into video, or developing an e-course.
Now I'm asking you - person to person - what is it that you want from this year?
Don't be worried if you're a tiny bit afraid of the answer - the best goals make you feel exciti-scared and fear does NOT mean you should run away from it. It just means you're not sure how you're going to get from Point A to Point Z and that's ok.
Declare your goals.
Define your support system.
Go after what you want like a madman.
It really is that simple.
Here's to new years, bright, shiny goals, and big wins,
Uncommonly Good Biz Boss