January, February, March, April … oh my! Does it ever seem that the months just keep racing by and you’ll still back in holiday mode? I hear you. January can be a great month for businesses because well people get back to work after the holidays and they are all pumped up! They are ready to spend money to invest in your products and services, and they are ready to make it the best year yet!! Too bad come January 15th, their excitement dies down and it can get back to the same ole, same ole.
I always say no matter what month it is take time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. A new month is a great time to see everything as a new beginning. And a time to be proud of everything you’ve done, even the small things.
If you know me well, you know one of the things I do a lot of is CELEBRATING! Not the dance on the table with a lamp shade celebrating, but more the “Yeah, my pitch worked and I got my client in that major magazine she wanted.” Or after months of trying, I finally landed that client that I really wanted and knew I could help. “Bring out the bubbly, we are going to party!”
And for years you’ve heard me say, celebrate it all … the big wins, the small feel good moments. Why? Because when you celebrate and take the time to think about your accomplishments, you feel better about yourself and your business. Not many will take time out of their day to congratulate you—so you should do it. I once worked for a very big and very successful law firm. One of the attorneys would put a “gold star” on our work when we did an exceptional job. (Like beating the clock in transcribing a pleading so it could get to the courthouse that day and avoid default proceedings.) Now, he only did it occasionally, so it wasn’t a common occurrence. That would have taken all the fun out of it. But when you got that gold star, you felt special! You felt appreciated. And best of all, you felt validated that you were doing a great job. We are talking years and years later; I can still remember that feeling when I got that star.
Now, I’m not saying go out and get a bunch of gold stars, (well if you do get multi-colored for fun!) but what I am saying is take the time to enjoy your business and feel your accomplishments. Large or small, pat yourself on the back and feel the win. If you journal, write it down. Slow down a tad. You will discover that you truly love this feeling and therefore you do more of the things that allow you to feel that way on a regular basis.
You will remember why you love being an entrepreneur. How exciting it is to work with different clients. And best of all, the joy of being the best you, you can be.
I don’t care how long you’ve been in business, months, years, decades, centuries (oh wait, that’s not possible), but you get my drift. For me it’s been decades. And in those years, there have been incredible highs and some gut-wrenching lows. I’ve had family challenges (losing my brother last year,) and business challenges (months where my bank account wasn’t where it should be) as well. But one thing always remained constant. ME!
I’m a “The glass is never half empty, but that glass is waiting to be filled.” I’m a “today might not have rocked, but tomorrow is another day.” And I’m a firm believer in believing in me and the importance of that.
So this month, put the focus back on you. Put the focus back on having fun and enjoying every day. Put the focus back on growing your business, but also appreciating it right where it is today. You might also want to add in some personal goals. Not the I’ll lose 50 lbs. by March, but more the, “I’m going to do more walking and here’s the time I have scheduled to do it.” You can so change your life by doing simple yet effective steps.
Believe … Dream … Explore … And Most of All .. Commit to a Better Life. You can do it! I believe in you.
Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing, www.virtualwordpublishing.com offers PR and Marketing services and PR and Virtual Assistant Coaching. She’s the author of numerous books including Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought after VA Feel free to pass this article along as long as the author’s block is included.