There’s so much talk in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Day about resolutions and lifestyle changes and such. Resolutions are ok, I guess, but the implication is that resolutions will be broken – it’s just a matter of when. Lifestyle changes can be great if that’s really what you need. It all just feels so focused on the negative when it should be just the opposite.
I’ve been thinking about my own approach to 2018. 2017 was a year of big change in my house – for me and my business and my husband and his business. We both really are going all in on our dreams! It’s scary as sh*t and totally exhilarating all at the same time. So what if some (ok, a lot) of it was and still is hard. I want to keep the positivity rolling, not make resolutions about improving the ways in which I suck! So, it’s really about mindset and approach.
My friend Arianne Om put it in words for me when she posted about mantras for 2018 in our mastermind Facebook group. Arianne said “let’s build on what we created for 2017 and improve and allow the process for more creation.”
YES! That’s exactly what I want to do! Why hit the reset button when I can build on the things that are working?
Based on all the posts I saw on Facebook yesterday, I know you all are feeling it, too. Maybe 2017 wasn’t the smoothest of rides for you – you faced challenges, unforeseen obstacles popped up, you drove into bumps in the road. But, you had successes – don’t forget those in the rush to “start fresh in 2018.”
Instead of making resolutions, let’s apply a mindful and positive approach to the new year. Here are the steps I am taking….
1. Make a list of what really worked in 2017 – both personally and in my business. One of my biggest wins in 2017 was personal, but it really affects my business. I got over my fear and loathing of having my picture taken. That’s a biggie because I needed photos of me for my website, social media, etc. I also needed to be happy with those photos – and I am!
What worked for you in 2017? What steps can you take to build on those successes?
2. Make a list of challenges or problems that cropped up in 2017 and what I learned. I learned a lot in 2017 – so I must have had a lot of challenges 🙂 Really, my biggest challenge was believing in myself enough to take risks. I had to push myself out there to do it. Even if it didn’t work out the way I expected or hoped, I always learned something.
What were your challenges, and what did you learn by working through them? How can you apply those lessons to continue to grow in 2018?
3. Communicate, talk, ask for and give support to others. I joined a bunch of groups in 2017. The key for me was finding the right group (and the right people) for support and accountability. I have several accountability partners and a close friend (though our relationship has been almost entirely digital) who I can say anything to and bounce anything off of. I also joined a mastermind last month which has been both challenging and supportive.
It’s so important, especially in the online space, to keep connecting with people. It helps to know you aren’t alone. It’s also surprising how much it can help you when you support others.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on ringing in 2018! I’m here for you if you have questions or need support.