Success Strategy,  Time Management

Ready or not the New Year is coming – Will your resolution be a small talk again?

In January the common topic of the office kitchen conversation is the New Year’s resolution. Until recently I never actually did much of a planning for the year, so  when asked I made up something. My standard answer was “be more organized”, which hardly happened!  I was not lying though, I really felt I needed to have better control on my life, but honestly I didn’t know how to do it.  So I forgot about it even before I finished that cup of coffee I brought from the kitchen.

After becoming an entrepreneur the idea of resolution made more sense to me. Unless I have a vision for myself I don’t know what direction I will be going or what avenues I will be exploring at least.

The word “resolution” doesn’t fit my style though. It sounds too rigid and formal.  I have chosen the word “theme” instead – it aligns well with my core values, flow and creativity. A year is a block of time and my activities for that time will be around a consistent theme.

For 2012 my theme was to build a foundation for my business that would sustain me for the next five years. I didn’t have much detail of it in the beginning.

When I started talking about it with my friends, colleagues and my own coach, eventually I figured out,

  •  what I meant by “foundation”
  • what quality I wanted for those and
  • what is my natural strength to get started on building it

I started to write blogs and deliver webinars (none of which was too easy for me, but was a healthy stretch).  Finally this year I have written blog posts at least twice a month, delivered my webinar 10 times and delivered on site classes and seminars five times including twice at the Microsoft campus. And I did much more… worked as a Coach for the Executive Development Institute and generated a few leads for the next year.

Honestly, if someone had predicted all these accomplishments a year ago, I would not believe them. But now that it is done, I am thinking, well that wasn’t too hard… so what’s next:)!

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