Authored by Melissa Haddad on January 15 2021
Last year will go down in history as the oddest year in the Millennium and yet we got through it. That tells me we are resilient, and we can go through a lot; a pandemic, political turmoil, racial injustice, lockdowns, protests, and so much more from our own personal situations.
If you are an entrepreneur and business owner like me, you may have had to reinvent the way you did business to keep yourself going, some of you may have had a very difficult time, where others of you may have flourished. Whatever your situation was last year, this year is a new year and we’re all supposed to be excited about what it has in store for us, right?! Right?
Absolutely correct! This is the perfect time to be excited, because, if not now, when? A new year means it’s a restart to everything. Many businesses are in a new fiscal year, many of us may decide to institute a new year’s resolution or two, and for some of us, it’s a way to take what we learned last year and implement change full-heartedly.
I know the first couple of weeks has been a bit of a rough start, however we have an entire year to go and I personally believe it’s going to get better and we definitely want to make the most out of the full year, so here are 3 things you need to do to start your year powerfully.
- Set SMART goals and create your vision (possibly a vision board) for the year. Setting goals is important simply because when life happens and things are turned on its head, you can focus on those goals.
- Hold yourself accountable. If you are not sure you can do that for yourself, get an accountability partner. Whether you get a coach, OBM, VA or join a Mastermind Group.
- Be flexible and give yourself permission to both fail and succeed. Fear of failure and fear of success are real. So is guilt. With so many struggling, some may actually experience guilt when things go well. Recognize that this is natural and know that you have every right to enjoy some success. You have been and continue to work very hard.
Life happens, and sometimes the goals that you set are not achievable, through a whole host of circumstances. That is absolutely okay. Ask yourself, “Is this goal important right now?” We all go through setbacks…I personally had a goal to get my articles/blogs and content written in December and yet, that did not happen. My important goal was to help my clients prepare for their new year and now it’s my turn.
Setting your goals, holding yourself accountable and being flexible with whatever happens is how you will achieve success this year, despite what is happening in the world today.