The new year is always exciting. We welcome the new year with new hopes and goals for the year. I don’t know about you, but it gives me major anxiety. Although I’m ready for new beginnings is always a little scary when I think of the bigger picture and I look at EVERTHING I want to accomplish for the year.
A few years back, I used to be a huge stickler for getting things done. I true perfectionist. And I would be devastated if things didn’t go my way. (Ugly crying. Why is this happening to me kind of thing) No Bueno. Thankfully, as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve also learned to work with what I have and discovered alternatives to work on my “new year resolutions” (by the way – I hate that term) goals and aspiration is a much healthier way.
One thing that I swear by and I always tell my fiancé (I know! I said fiancé) is that as long as I keep moving/working towards my goals I’m still on the right track. It doesn’t matter if am a bit off schedule, or if it didn’t happen this year. The universe is never wrong. NEVER.
Have I mentioned that I been trying to finish this post for about 2 weeks now? I’m not trying to write a novel here but I want to stay true to myself and share with you things as they are. This blog was supposed to be an easy “5 steps to reach your goals” but I wasn’t really feeling It or putting what I preach into practice.
Since I was 17 I’ve been working solo as an entrepreneur. In and out of different jobs but always back to building a business. That’s what I know. The past 3 years have been hard – if you have been reading my blogs for some time you know I went thru a pretty hard business break up and shook up everything I thought I knew about businesses. I was determined, or better said stubborn, about continuing to grow my business.
During a tough time last year, It finally clicked – I don’t have to keep going in circles without real success but I could redesign and strategize what I can do to keep growing and pursuing my goals. For many years I thought entrepreneurship was the only way to do it but I also remembered that once upon a time I wanted to work in the corporate world. So somewhere between my old and new aspirations I came to a good understanding with myself and decided to keep going.
Growing a business is pretty hard but when you have the right support and you focus on building meaningful relationships, things will fall in place when the time is right. For now, I decided to take a couple of steps back and reset – my work has started to speak for itself and I have the opportunity to share my expertise providing consulting for different organizations and firms in the city. I’m not giving up on growing a digital marketing and advertising firm but for now we will change the strategy and focus on what I can do this year to get closer to the bigger picture.
“Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life” - Mark Twain
Now that you know where I stand on my intentions for the year let me share with you 5 tips to help you set your intentions for the new year:
1. Be realistic. DO NOT OVER PROMISE YOURSELF. Setting intentions/goals are to help you grow and do things you want to do not to overwhelm you.
2. Start small – It’s ok o start small. This gives you room to work on taking one step at a time. Sometimes there are things you want to accomplish that are a little daunting- breaking it down helps you tackle them faster and better.
3. Find a support system. Share your goals with likeminded people. Join a Facebook group or a share it with a group of friends or colleagues and when you are doubting your ability to reach goals, share how you are feeling with them. You will be surprised how much support and love they can give you to keep going.
4. Make yourself accountable. Give yourself some kind of direction – time frame. Remember that is not written in stone but it will help you stay accountable. Every couple of weeks revisit where you are and make the necessary adjustments.
5. Have fun! If you have not enjoyed working towards your goals you might want to start all over. You will be stressed at times and will want to quit but they should also make you happy and excite you. Like Mark Twain once said “Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life”
Good luck setting your intentions for the year! And if you need someone to keep accountable shoot me an email.