I LOVE making plans, so I spent the end of last week thinking about what I want my business to look like next year. My goals both professionally and personally. Projects I want to spend time on. How my ideal week looks and feels.
One of the tasks I did this year that has helped me shape those ideas is something you may not expect. It wasn’t a mastermind retreat, or an online course, or tracking my stats or income. It wasn’t working with a coach or thinking about my business 10 years from now . . .
It was writing a gratitude list.
Almost every morning since January I’ve written down 5-10 things that I’m grateful for. And now, 10 months later, I have a really clear record of what has made me happy on a daily basis. And I’ve noticed that many of those things have been repeated over and over.
Because it doesn’t matter how many students I have, how much money I make, or how many pageviews or followers I rack up if at the end of the day I don’t feel happy about how I spent my time and excited for what I have coming up.
Social media, blogging, email lists – they let us all see what everyone else is creating, who they’re collaborating with, what tactics have worked well for them or not. And in my industry – blogging + online business – a lot of the steps deemed “most important” are not things I want.
I continuously hear that I need to sell a thousand-dollar program, with in-person events, and hire a team to help run everything. I actually had a conversation with someone who owns a massive business and one of the first things he said to me, barely knowing anything about me or my business, was “you need to start hiring people.”
But after listening Gala Darling on Alex Beadon’s podcast talk about how she’s built her business the way she has because she likes to work alone, I thought…ME TOO and no one has ever told me that was OK. It was such a good reminder to not second-guess our ideas because other people say their way is best.
I know I’m not into in-person events. I like sitting in my little quiet apartment all day, writing and designing, all by myself. The idea of building a team, communicating with multiple people, working on deadlines that I can’t change – that is a big part of the reason I quit my corporate job!
What I get most excited about is helping my students figure out the beginning steps and find their confidence. I love helping them unravel all of the confusing strategies and surprise themselves with what they can create. And at the beginning, most people are not shelling out $2000 for a program. Hell, most of us are nervous even spending $200 at the start!
It’s so tempting to watch other people in your industry talk about the best ways to be successful and work toward implementing them without taking into account our own preferences. Their path may have made them successful, but it doesn’t mean it has to be the path for YOU.
So I encourage you, as you make your plans for next year, to start a daily habit of writing a list of a few business and person things that make you happy, things you’re looking forward to. Then, use that as the basis for how you grow your business and what projects you take on, not your industry’s standard for what success looks like.
It’s easy to find ourselves aspiring to things because the people we admire are repeating them constantly, but you can always grow your own way.