2010. I know it’s cliché, but I can’t believe today is the last day of the year. No time for a two-minute drill to sound. It’s all but over.
Time to reflect, repurpose, re-invent, and re-engage. Looking forward to all of that…. but I have NO interest in RE-learning any of the (sometimes heart – wrenching) lessons 2010 taught me.
As a public reflection, I’d love to share MY journey and lessons from 2010 AND invite you to post your own…. Let’s dig in… before the ball drops and ushers in the new year – which I’m sure is CHOCK FULL of new lessons, new potential, new connections and new HEIGHTS for each of us!
Lessons from 2010
This past year, I traveled a lot. (Too Much.) I learned that travel is a lot less glamorous than I thought previously and vow to do MUCH less of it in coming years. I found myself navigating a FRIEND”ship” down the turbulent waters of business, and learned to communicate OFTEN, EARLY, and HONESTLY. I gave fabulous business advice and saw clients make HUGE strides in income… and failed to implement those same strategies in my own business. I learned: Never again.
I strengthened and expanded my partnership with one of the most engaging, impressive and urgency-driven business owners of our time… and I learned more than I could ever post on this blog… although over the next year I’ll certainly try. =) I put off what I thought I had plenty of time to do later… and had to sacrifice family or “mister” time to get it done… and learned that I must harness every hour of my “work day” to create the time “off” I desire. (A major goal for 2011.)
I spoke to groups of all sizes in locations all across the United States and realized that polished, shiny and scripted are passe’ and that people embrace me because I am real, approachable, and purely results-driven. (And maybe UNintentionally funny?? I’m sure you’ve been laughing WITH me and not AT me… right?) For 2011, I vow to revel in and leverage our new economy’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for all things practical… and marry it with my commitment to all things PROFITable. It’s a good marriage, don’t you think?
I treated those closest to me as an inconvenience when they called in the middle of the work day and learned: Never again. I lacked commitment to my spiritual walk and vowed to get it back on track immediately. I learned that some things are too important to let slide. I allowed “busy-ness” to creep into my home and saw my parenting become re-active. I learned to hate being “busy” even more than I always had and re-committed to pro-actively guiding my kids… and infusing our home (again) with joy, spontaneity and laughter!
I made incredible connections with impressive women and learned to dig in, engage, and SERVE. I lost my commitment to fitness, thinking I was “too busy”…. and I learned that there is ALWAYS an excuse to put off doing something important if you’ll accept one. This year: NO excuses. I listened to so many… TOO many… women who were willing to operate in planning mode – indefinitely?- and made every excuse in the book for why they “couldn’t” do this or that. I learned to hate excuses even more… I learned how pitiful they sounded.. how UNempowered… and vowed: NO excuses. (I’m seeing a theme here. In fact, I’m naming MY 2011: the year of NO excuses!)
I sold my services, my conferences, my intensives to many people. I learned that selling is DIFFERENT now… that ALL power has shifted into the hands of those we sell TO… and I shifted my approach to meet this new reality. I now teach this approach, and it has become a profitable “pillar” in my business. I had some major wins in 2010, went farther than I originally aimed, and have MUCH to reflect on with gratefulness and joy. But I also made many mistakes and certainly have some regrets. I know better than to dwell on them… I know to learn from them, make a new commitment, and to Roll ON. Without further ado: Here’s to WILD, OUTRAGEOUS, AUDACIOUS success in 2011.
If you need me, you know where to find me: IN the trenches of business… shoulder to shoulder with the rest of this incredible WOW! factor community… and always, always, always rooting for you….