Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
– Oprah Winfrey
Hello dear friends and visitors to my blog. I do hope you are having a wonderful start to 2020 so far.
I don’t know about you, but I am not one for resolutions. I never really have been. But I am big on reflection and self-improvement. I often find the beginning of a new year – and in this case a new decade – a time for really thinking about what is important to me, what is working well in my life, and things I’d like to improve on. I reflect on my skills and experiences, my behaviours, the way I have approached situations, resolved problems (or not!), and of course I reflect on my business.
I consider the things I need to keep doing, the things I need to stop doing, and the things I need to start doing.
Don’t be fooled This task is not as simple as it sounds. It requires some pretty deep introspection and reflection if you’re going to do it in a meaningful way. I would suggest that if you are going to do this task, and I hope that you do, give it the time and the energy that it deserves. After all, you are the most important thing in the world. And yes there will be many other important things in your life, such as your children and other family members, and your job for example, but in order to manage everything else in your life, you need to be at your best. You get to be at your best by putting the time, energy and kindness into yourself.
For many people, they are happy to leave behind the year and look forward to another, yet nothing ever really changes. Whilst they may make a ‘resolution’, it is an empty resolution unless it comes with a plan of execution.
So many people may enter this new decade thinking ‘things will be different’. I challenge you to consider how they will be different. What are you actually going to do to make it different? Simply wishing it will be different doesn’t make it so. What is your plan?
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
– Melody Beattie
New Year Hopes and Dreams?
You can’t really write goals until you know what it is you want to achieve.
What have been thoughts entering this decade? Do you want to:
- be more in control of your life?
- be in charge of your destiny?
- be less concerned about money?
- have more free time to do the things you enjoy?
- be able to travel more?
- spend more time improving your health and well being?
- be able to spend more time with your friends and family?
- get some extra income?
- start a new career without going broke doing it?
- pay off your bills?
- focus on your own personal development?
- work online from anywhere in the world, on your terms?
It could be anything! If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely that many of these have crossed your mind.
Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.
– Michael Josephson
I’m guessing that like many people, whilst you have dreams, you also have fears about those very same goals, or thoughts that are holding you back.
- What if I fail?
- What will other people think about this?
- I’m not good enough or smart enough to be successful.
- I don’t know what to do to make changes happen in my life.
- I can’t juggle everything now, how can I possibly take on something new?
- I’m slow at learning new things.
- Even though other people can do it, I can’t – I’m not like them.
- I don’t have the time / money / resources to make a change.
- I am not as good as other people.
- I don’t have it in me to be successful.
- Improving my life is just fanciful thinking.
- I’ve tried new things before and they didn’t work.
These kinds of thoughts are limiting beliefs, and they hold us back. They can also be ‘convenient truths’ for us so that we give ourselves permission to never genuinely try. These are the thoughts that tell us we are stuck, and that we can settle with being stuck.
You don’t need to settle with being stuck!!
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails”.
— John Maxwell
I love this quote from John Maxwell, although I hope it’s meaningful for everyone, even if you don’t see yourself as a leader. I hope that regardless of how you see yourself, you can take something from this quote. It’s about taking action, rather than just wishing things would be better.
How are you taking action?
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
It’s not a race. It is just about making a plan, and then executing that plan step by step. There may be bumps in the road, some deviations, some new paths forged, but as long as you are moving in the right direction, you’re on your way.
I like to think of goals as dreams with actions and dates.
You’ve possibly been tempted by offers online, or by friends who want to join their MLM, who’ve signed up to the latest crypto scheme, who get paid to play games or take selfies (yes, that is a thing!), but don’t be sucked in to pointless schemes that suck you dry of your time and your energy, and in some cases your money. With many of the schemes you find online now, they will get your hopes up by promising you a ‘business opportunity’. Read the fine print. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
Remember that if you really want to change your life, you need to be in charge of it. That comes with:
- having the skills and the know-how to actually create a business for yourself, that is yours and does NOT belong to someone else
- being in a business that means something to you personally, that you believe in
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C.S. Lewis
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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
– Albert Einstein
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.
– Brad Paisley
What will be on your first few pages of 2020?
I hope that you reach your goals. And I hope you are working to create the life you want and deserve.
More than anything, I feel a sense of optimism and I know that my life will only be as good as I will allow myself to make it.