As we draw towards the end of 2020, have you been thinking about what has happened in your life this year and what 2021 will hold?
I have been and, of course, it’s something I’ve been journaling about.
Whether you’re a new or regular journaler, or journaling is something you’ve wondered about trying and never have, now is the perfect time to turn to the page to appreciate and acknowledge how far you’ve come in 2020 and to consider what you want your life to look like over the next year.
You don’t need me to tell you that 2020 has been an unusual year, most likely unlike any other we’ve known. And the turn of the calendar isn’t going to magic the associated challenges away. But, it’s an opportunity to take stock, reframe and set expectations for the New Year based on how we want it to unfold. That way we’re defining our own guiding parameters to work within and are setting off with positive intention, focused on what’s important to us and within our control.
As for the rest? Well, let’s make sure we’ve got each other...
Confession: considering it’s pretty obvious what EASE means, when I first saw it mentioned in relation to business, I’ll admit that I got a bit confused. I read a lot of inspiring posts from wonderfully talented entrepreneurs about achieving a feeling of ease in business. I also read a lot of inspiring posts from wonderfully talented entrepreneurs about doing what feels good and finding ease in your business experiences day to day. It sounded GREAT because, in my reality, ease was the last thing I was feeling. I was riddled with self-doubt, everything was a struggle and, in short, I...
My husband once called me a contrarian and then pointed out when I said, ‘Thanks,’ that he hadn’t fully intended it as a compliment!
I looked it up and found the definition as someone who takes an unpopular or contrary view.
While I don’t do this just for the sake of it, nor to be awkward, argumentative or annoying because I see no value in any of those things, I will concede that I often try to look at things differently, and regularly question what I hear of as the ‘norm’. I think that this is rooted in a desire to keep learning and growing, so once again I’m going to go with, ‘Thanks,’ as my response!
Anyway, it got me thinking about FEAR and the conventional, understandable wisdom that we see fear only as ‘limiting’, something to ‘overcome’ and be ‘free’ from in our life and business.
Now, I hate fear as much as the next person and do a lot of mindset work to ‘overcome’ fear-based issues, be ‘free’ from them and stop them holding me back or limiting me.
But I thought I’d take the idea of finding fear a friend for a spin to see where I landed and I’ve decided that there’s something in it.
BUT HIRING A BUSINESS COACH IS FLIPPIN’ EXPENSIVE, ISN’T IT? (They can cost thousands, I’m sure you know, for a 6 month 1:1 package)
It’s a huge decision and investment at most points in business, but especially in the early days it can be an absolute non-starter, regardless of how much we’d like to get, and see the value in, having the support.
It’s just as well, then, that it’s not the only way to get support to build your business.
Think about who you admire in business.
Who are your role models?
Whose business do you look at and see what’s possible for you? Who’s where you want to be?
Whose way of showing up do you admire - whether it’s their writing or the way they are on video? Whose website gives you all the feels?