New Year Dangers Lurk in the Shadows!…
Many are talking about what you ‘should’ be doing in the New Year! I want to share great info with you, but how about making sure that you’re NOT doing these three things. They are the lurking dangers as we step into 2013 and the trap that many enthusiastic and passionate soul-opreneurs fall into.
Here are those 3 dangers lurking unsuspecting in shadows, as you move into New Year all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!…
1) Getting caught up in big plans and big goals and not look at the bigger picture and the impact they will have.
Yes it’s great to have them, but there are few things to consider as you create them.
Ok so you’re planning out your year… Get a big piece of paper or a white board and map out what you intend to do, and when – and look at what feels do-able. It’s a common mistake to take on too much and do too much.
You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Sometimes taking on something too big, or overwhelming yourself with too many projects, can take you out of the game completely!
It’s that fine balance between that and stretching yourself. Overwhelm and burn-out is definitely something you want to avoid as you move gung-ho into the year. Kapish?
2) Don’t get distracted with all the shiny baubles appearing in your inbox. Stay on track!
I’m talking about all those free calls being offered to you from all the mentors you follow as we speak. I know, it’s really hard not to sign up for all those free calls! I’m with you – there are some good ones coming through and it’s a struggle not to sign up for all of them! It might even be a habit you’d like to break – just signing up , getting all the follow up email and recordings, and trying to consume it all, or doing nothing with it at all.
Stay on track by asking yourself… ‘ what’s relevant to my needs for me or my business right now’? and ‘does this fit that need’?
If you know what you’re working towards whether its personally or in your business, you’ll know whether the free call and the subsequent offer to join a program, is going to serve those needs. Not the ones you might have in a year’s time, or might come in handy at some point in the future. Does it support your current goal you’re working on? If it’s a yes, you know what to do. If it’s a no, delete.
3) Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can accomplish something ridiculously huge if you’re starting from zero.
I don’t want to come across as a naysayer, but I’ve seen too many disappointed coaches and practitioners who think they can do what the big leaders we know out there have done, within a year, when you’re just starting out.
The truth is: those well-known mentors took a few years if not more, to get where they are, and they started from scratch and built their business, one step at a time, just like you. They didn’t fly from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top, without stepping on the rungs in between. Know what I mean? Think about the goals that feel good to you, that you’d like to accomplish by 2013. Don’t worry about what ‘they’ are doing, ask yourself what you feel good doing. (and if you’d really like to keep the vision, which of course you should, then create a long term plan to get to that big vision of the people you love to follow and would like to model)
A BONUS point…
Prof. Thornhill in a recent article made this important point:
‘Everything takes longer than you think.
When asked to highlight the most important message in his list, Prof. Thornhill landed on what he calls a universal law that everything – from going out to get milk, to travelling across town for a meeting, to developing a new product – takes more time than you expect. It’s one of the reasons entrepreneurs work around the clock. It is also why they fail: They neglect to allow enough time – or raise enough money – for things to happen.’
(I read this in an article this week by Stewart Thornhill, a professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario Link to article)
Enough said! When we place crazy expectations on ourselves, we’re on a fast track to burn-out and feeling overwhelmed, and ironically impacts our ability to create an income – we lose our passion, and lose our close connection to our BIG WHY. What he says also applies to how long we think its going to take to build a business.
So bright-eyed and bushy-tailed is how I want you to remain as you move forward with your plans in 2013. If you take into consideration these 4 points, I know you’ll be in good shape to make it happen.
If you’re ready to make 2013 your best year ever, and would like to figure out your strategy with me – I would be delighted! Let’s schedule a ‘It’s Gonna Be MY Year in 2013′ Strategy Session. It’s complimentary, so no obligation just a great conversation. I have 5 spots open to take on new clients, and if we’re a good fit we’ll find the right level of coaching to fit your needs. All you need to do first is answer a few quick questions and you can that by clicking here. I’m excited to see you build, and thrive in your coaching /healing business this year!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I love to hear what’s going on for you, or what this post sparked for you.