I’m not sure if you, like me, are still running towards December 25th picking up new clients on the way, or whether this week is more of a wind down in your industry. Whichever it is, at some point, like me, you may want to do a review of the year. And when you do – how will you view it? Nostalgic sigh of satisfaction for a year well spent? Or a sigh of relief to get rid of the old and look forward to a brand-new start in 2019?
We’ve had a mixed year – started with a month-long trip to Australia to visit relatives not seen for 12 years. In fact, there have been many trips this year, personal and business. And there has been a period of rapid growth. And I am now co-author of an Amazon International Best-Selling book and have my first children’s book published. We also discovered my 15-year-old son is a superstar rock guitarist.
Inevitably there have also been lowlights.
We lost my father-in-law just a few weeks after visiting him in the summer holidays. It was unexpected and sudden and very shocking, but probably totally the way Jacques would have wanted to go. No fuss, no illness.
And we had some growth pains in the business too. When you grow and grow fast there is always some fall out. It is part of growth. You get things wrong. You improve. I am letting go (finally) of being a perfectionist. If you wait till you are perfect, you never do anything. Learn as you go along, and learn quickly, is my new motto.
So, for me, the year has been good. I am grateful for this year’s bounty and also this years challenges. The challenges always teach you more. I’ve learned it is more important to take action, than to be perfect. I already knew that, but it is a lesson worth repeating. I also learned that things are better when I listen to my inner voice. Having said I would never visit the in-laws again in August due to the almost unbearable heat, I said yes immediately when my husband suggested we go. It felt the right thing to do. And it was.
So, whilst I am happy with what has been achieved in 2018, I know that 2019 is going to be a year of even more challenges, even more opportunity and a year where it is even more important to take action on my goals. Without wishing to sound morbid we really never know which the last day will be.
And so, I am making big ass scary goals for 2019. And the difference is – this year they are NOT New Years Resolutions to be broken by mid-January! These are life changing goals – personal and business. Business wise we are going to triple in revenues and profits next year, I will tell you how in the New Year. Personally – well that’s personal, and I will share it – when the time is right.
Here’s the thing with goals. They are a bit like ‘diets’. They don’t work. The missing piece in goal achievement isn’t, as many people think, wanting it badly enough. I think the missing piece in goal achievement is knowing you can do it. Believing it is possible for you. If you don’t believe your goal is possible, then it doesn’t matter how much you want it, you will not get it.
So, whatever your 2018 held, I wish you every good thing in 2019. Don’t waste time overthinking your goals – just pick one big goal, that you believe is possible for you and make it happen.
No blog next week. One of my new rules – make time to chill out. See you in January!
May your days be merry and bright…..