Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful end of 2015 and are looking forward to this new year.
This is the time of year where we all tend to think about ‘turning over a new leaf’ and planning what shape we want our personal lives and businesses to take. I know my email inbox is filling up with all kinds of offers to help me make 2016 my best year yet! Offers for gym membership deals and nutrition plans are mixed in with deals on vacations to warm destinations. And of course, every business I’ve ever dealt with seems to have a new year’s offer for me, for everything from concert tickets to webinars to clothing.
But there’s also another trend taking place among many of the other small-biz-entrepreneur-types I know, one that I’m happy to join in on and wanted to share with you all. That is, they recognize the typical new year’s resolutions often aren’t helpful to their businesses. Why? Because we make resolutions without looking at what we’ll need to change in order to be successful.
I don’t mean the obvious stuff, like buying a domain name to start building a new website, or registering for that conference you’ve been wanting to attend so you can do some networking. I mean the mindsets and attitudes we have that cause us to fail, often before we’ve even really started.
We might buy the domain name and then let it sit for months, thinking ‘I’ll get to that later’. We might sign up for the conference, and then keep to ourselves in the back corner the whole time, because it feels safer and easier.
Remember that you are the one that defines success for your business. Don’t let me or anyone else tell you what success looks like! But once you’ve decided what success is and what is important to you, then you can really look at what mindsets or assumptions you have that are holding you back and make major (revolutionary!) changes.
We don’t need a resolution, we need a revolution!
So for 2016 I’ve asked myself: What do I need to change in order to take my business in the direction that is best for me, and what major shifts in my mindset need to happen along with it?
Try asking yourself those questions now. How can you make those changes happen?
Word of the year
One helpful exercise I’ve seen other entrepreneurs do is choosing a word that will be your focus for the year. The word is a way to distill the changes you want to make down to something simple to remember.
Two people I really respect have written about how to choose a good word, so go ahead and read their stuff and then meet me back here: Jason Zook of Jason Does Stuff and Caroline Kelso Winegeart of Made Vibrant.
My own word for 2016 is this: Kindness.
Now of course, this isn’t to say I’ve been a big jerk to everyone I’ve interacted with in the past! I might have made a bad joke or two, or babbled off on some tangent, but generally speaking I’m not really like that. Sure, but sometimes I have made business decisions based on what others thought I should be doing, or where people tell me ‘the money is’, or based on fear of failure. Let’s be honest here: that’s a crappy way to run your business! I’d much rather do what feel authentic and honest to me, and what is the best match for my skills and experiences.
So instead, I’m going to focus this year on what is most kind to myself, my clients and my business. What actions can I take that will be most authentic? Which projects should I take on because they are a good match (and kind to my business)? How will I approach teaching my ecourse and coaching students that will be the most kind to them and their businesses?
If the idea of picking a word for the year sounds great to you, I’d love to hear about it! What word are you choosing and what direction would you like your business to take this year? Just pop a comment in below or send me an email, and I promise to reply.
May 2016 be your best year yet!