Last year when I started 2012, I created a few anti-resolutions and made quite a long list of things I wanted to accomplish.
And while I did check off many of those things, this year I’m going about it a little differently. Instead of creating a list of 10 or 15 goals, I’m only focusing on one-to-three big goals.
Simplify your goals
To take a page out of Natalie Sisson’s book, I’ll be focusing on less so I can achieve more, because the best way to ensure you actually meet your goals is to simplify.
I’m not only doing this because I think it’s an effective strategy, I’m doing it because it’s a much better choice for me personally. As someone who’s an overachiever and perfectionist, having too many goals or resolutions can get very overwhelming.
Then next thing you, know you’re spreading yourself too thin and want to give up altogether. Or you run yourself into the ground trying to complete everything, and burn out by the end of the year — which is what I did.
This is something that’s especially important to avoid if you have your own small business or freelance venture. If you don’t simplify your business goals, you’re likely to lose focus of what’s really important causing your business to suffer in the process.
Or you’ll get distracted by doing the small not-as-important tasks, instead of honing on in the work that will help your business thrive. Both of which have happened to me in my business recently.
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My three big goals for this year
To take my own advice, I’m simplifying my goals and ready to make this year the best ever — both personally and with my business. Here are my three big goals for 2013.
1. Create a new zen office space
Surprisingly I can already call this one a win! I’ve been desperately wanting an office space since I moved into my new apartment last year, and now the day has finally come.
On my birthday, I took the day off and went to Ikea to pick out some office furniture and accessories. What do you think?
Now I have a whole new zen office space to do consulting sessions on Skype, write blog posts, focus on my freelance business and continue to launch amazing movements.
2. Connect and work with a team
I’ve already made some great headway with this goal as well and it actually comes in three main parts: connect, learn, hire — or more specifically:
- Connect with entrepreneurs one-on-one
- Learn from and work with other go-getters
- Hire a team of experts
Connect. My desire is to reach out to other entrepreneurs and connect on a more personal level. I got a jump-start on this when I attended New Media Expo in January, where I got to sit and chat with countless inspiring entrepreneurs. I also joined some private Facebook groups, like Thrive Hive, Rockin’ the Side Gig and FIRE Society — in addition to creating an exclusive community for Careful Cents freelancers.
Learn. I recently hired a business coach and just had my first session a few days ago. I also signed up for a few products, like Marie Forleo’s Rich, Happy and Hot B-School. I really enjoy studying and applying myself to my studies — so I’m really excited about this!
Hire. I am thrilled to finally be working with a marketing expert to help with my branding and social media strategy. And over the next few weeks/months, you will see some fantastic stuff going on with Careful Cents (both online and off).
3. Take my freelance business full-time
This one is the most difficult for me personally, since I’ve been working in the accounting field for the past 10 years. Part of the reason my blog is geared towards small businesses, freelancers and entrepreneurs is because that’s what I know most about and have a passion for.
But striking out on my own is scary — really scary. Will I epically fail and fall on my face? Will I have problems paying my bills and end up being homeless?
What if my boss hates me for quitting such a “cushy” and “secure” job? What if I disappoint my friends and family? The questions are endless…
But if you notice one thing that runs through all of those questions, it’s fear and guilt. And none of them take into consideration what I TRULY WANT. What makes me feel fulfilled in both my business and my life.
I vow to make 2013 the year I create a business around my life, and not a life around my business. And to do that I have to make a few decisions, tell my boss I’m quitting and take action in my business to make it all happen.
What are your BIG goals for this year? How are you going to simplify your resolutions and focus on what matters?
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