In January, the common topic of the office kitchen conversation is the New Year’s resolution. Until recently I never actually did much of 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 over 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 about 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 multiple 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:)!