It’s the end of December and a natural time to take stock of how our businesses did this year and to plan for the next. So I started making a list of things to do next year. After working on it for awhile, I realized that much of what I had written down were things that I hadn’t finished this year. Not very uplifting.
It’s certainly important to add unfinished items to the list so they can be completed next year. But they should only be part of it.
The next category of items to put on the list was ‘new opportunities.’ Where do we want our businesses to go? What changes do we see in our industries that can create openings for revenue growth? Are there other services, products, or packages that we can develop? It could even be something as big as a fundamental change in our business models. So I let my mind race and started writing. This was an energizing list to create.
Inspired by some articles I’ve read recently about Gratitude journals, I decided to apply the concept to my business. So my third category was ‘accomplishments.’ I reflected on the things that I had achieved this year and for the first time actually wrote them down. And you know what – I feel pretty good about it.
As solopreneurs, we can be pretty demanding of ourselves. Let’s face it, for most businesses, there’s always more that can be done. And since we’re solo, that more usually means more that we could do. I’m all for pushing ourselves, but sometimes we need to cut ourselves some slack. We need to remember to be proud of what we’re doing.
How? By focusing on what we are accomplishing rather than just on what’s left to be done. Now that I see (and feel) the power in this approach, I’m going to end each week by thinking about what I did achieve.
How about you? Is focusing on how far you’ve come in your business something you normally do?