What business lessons have you learned this year?
As a professional business coach and consultant, I am first an entrepreneur, and have regular opportunities to implement the concepts and strategies that I support my clients to use. As I reflect on this year, I observe two key business lessons learned (or relearned!) that I would like to share with you.
1. It’s better to focus on a handful of key goals and do everything you can to make them happen, than scatter your energy on a laundry list of goals.
I LOVE goal setting. I love working to achieve my goals and coaching others to do the same. Something I experienced this year was piling too many goals on my plate, and too many BIG ones. At the end of the year when I plan for the following year, I’m energized and excited, and I have a tendency to set BIG goals. Big goals are great, but can be unrealistic when you combine too many big goals. When I realized that this had happened about half way through the year, it became clear that I hadn’t really allowed room for the unexpected. Whether it’s unexpected business or personal events or circumstances, they are part of life. So, I readjusted my goals and deadlines to focus on goals and projects that were most important and relevant. I immediately felt more successful and less overwhelmed. Yes, it’s’ okay to adjust commitments and deadlines!
As you plan for next year, consider if you have a realistic number of goals “on your plate” and if they are the right “serving size”- if a goal feels too big, and you have several of those, consider keeping one or two large goals (See: 10X goals), and break down other larger goals into smaller ones or move out deadlines to the following year. Push yourself to grow and expand, while simultaneously setting yourself up for success.
2. It’s okay to be where you are.
Sometimes if you’re not as far along as you’d like to be it’s easy to feel frustrated and generally dissatisfied. Discomfort can serve as a powerful precursor to improvement; however, these feelings often stem from comparing yourself to others, or fear that others will judge you if they knew how things were really going.
People like doing business with those they know, like, and trust, and people often perceive those characteristics in you when you’re seen as relatable. Of course, it’s wise to have boundaries in professional relationships and settings, while also allowing yourself to establish authentic connections with people. For example, if you are struggling with a technology issue that’s holding you back on a project, or feel stuck on how to fill your workshops, you can ask for ideas or suggestions from your clients, other professional connections, or hire an expert. I have found my clients to be my biggest supporters and often are more than happy to offer their unique perspective on how to address something. It’s tremendously empowering to drop your pride, and be transparent about your current scenario (without oversharing). As a result, you can build stronger relationships with your clients and connections, and even have a breakthrough in your business.
So, as you wrap up your year, set aside some time for writing a plan that feels exciting and doable. Reach out for advice, feedback, resources, or ideas if you need them.
Not sure what to focus on next year or how to make your goals a reality? I’d love to chat with you! Complete the Contact Us form and tell me a bit about you and your business and if it’s sounds like we’d be a good fit I’ll invite you to have a coaching consultation.