FEBRUARY IS THE NEW JANUARY - RENEW THOSE GOALS
If you’re an entrepreneur, you made a ton of goals in January for your business and personal life. You spent time visualizing, meditating, cutting carbs and booze (ugh), and making comments like “2018 can suck it! 2019 is MY year!” But, you were also super tired from the holidays and felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation.
“February is the new January” - Me
As February approaches and the gym parking lot begins to dwindle, it’s a great time to take a step back and re-evaluate your goals and commitments for the year.
Sometimes we make goals that we really didn’t want in the first place or we make them for the wrong reason (like that time I thought it was a good idea to try Crossfit. It wasn’t.)
Take a look at the goals you made and how they make you feel. Do they fill you with excitement or dread? What progress have you made? Do they need a little tweaking or do you need to rethink them all together? Does the process of achieving that goal help make me the person I want to become? Is this MY goal or someone else’s?
One year I tossed my vision board in the garbage and started all over. I had pictures of Bali, super fit meditating yoga ladies, and a Mini Cooper on that board. About 5 months after making it, I realized I hadn’t done ANYTHING to move toward those goals. I didn’t book a flight to Bali or even looked at hotels, I hadn’t started meditating, and I didn’t even think about the new car. I realized that if I wasn’t making any progress toward those goals, maybe those the were wrong goals.
I can do anything, but I can’t do everything.
Do you have too many goals? Are you spreading yourself too thin by over committing? You can do anything you really set your mind to, but you can’t do everything, girl. Something has to give. The myth of work/life balance is real, especially for women. Sometimes you have to let something go to let another thing bloom.
Where in your life can you cut back or outsource so you can work on your goals? One of the first things I tell women is to hire a housekeeper (like, yesterday). Unless cleaning the bathroom “sparks joy” in you (and that just might be the fumes), call a cleaning service and outsource the work. Then, spend that extra time marketing your business, practicing self care, or whatever your little heart desires.
Creative people need structure and accountability.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you are also a creative person. And we need help sometimes keeping our feet on the ground while our heads are in the clouds. This is why coaching was invented! If you find yourself struggling with getting fit…hire a trainer. If you find yourself struggling in your business…hire a coach! Take your time to find the right one that you connect with but that calls you on your B.S. It’s time to grow and stretch and get really uncomfortable if you want to do things you’ve never done before. A good coach will be your cheerleader, guide, and firm voice of reason when you need it. My mentor/coach helps keep me on track when i fall into what I call “the overwhelm” (which looks like watching back to back episodes of Grace and Frankie on Netflix instead of marketing.)
Another resource I found this year that I really like is a Momentum Planner. Being a single mom and business owner means lots of juggling and lots of to do lists. But I LOVE making lists. The joy of crossing off something or even a little check mark gives me LIFE! I just found these planner sheets that break things down into Yearly, Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly and Daily planning. Whatever form works best for you! I’ve been using them to write and rewrite my goals, keeping them right in front of my face every day. Check them out at ProductiveFlourishing.com/momentum-planners.
Whatever your goals for 2019, I wish you much success! If one of those goals is making your website more profitable or finally booking that personal brand shoot, drop me a note! I’d love to hear from you.