I can’t believe we are nearing the end of 2020 already! So much has happened for my business this year and I am choosing to be grateful. Before the year began, I set some goals for the year as usual. When I look back, I see a pivot in a way that gladdens my heart. This year has most importantly given me an opportunity to make the main thing the main thing. Not only that, I have explored courage in an unexpected way. I am excited about the coming new year but not quite ready yet. What I mean is, there are few things I must do in this season before it ends.
In today’s blog post, I want to share briefly what these are so they can give you a few ideas as you also prepare for a new year. I have also created a free downlodable worksheet to serve as a guideline just in case you decide to do these 4 things along with me. Now, although I am focusing this write up on business, you may apply these to other aspects of your life.
Here we go:
Finish unfinished business
Yesterday, as I ticked off one of the two outstanding items on my prayer list as ‘done’ I was quite impressed with myself. That particular item had been on my list for so long and had tormented me in ways I can’t explain. So yes, to God be the glory for how far He’s brought me.
This notwithstanding, there are a few more items which although are done are not actually done. You get what I mean? Like a friend puts it, I have to dot the ‘I’s and cross the ‘T’s. So this is what I mean by unfinished business. I know how these ‘incompletes’ can stress me and so there is no way I am carrying them into the next year. To help me do these, I have been blocking pockets of periods where I say no to everything else and focus on these tasks one by one.
Take stock of the year
This is where I check my calendar to see how I’ve actually spent the year as a business. I will review my overall activities for the year and see what worked and didn’t. This is extremely important as it helps me know things like which income streams produced more. Obviously, with this piece of information, I can then tell what to do more of going forward. In the free downloable worksheet I mentioned earlier, I provide some questions to serve as guidelines for this exercise.
Plan goals and strategies for 2021
Planning and strategizing is truly one of my favourite things to do for my own business and others’. I have just been on a group retreat which helped me brainstorm ideas with other fabulous women in business. Also, I visited one of my mentors with a list of items I needed input on. As of now, all I need to do is sit my bumbum down and organise everything. I really love to work with a plan. Even though things do not always go according to plan, it helps me keep the main thing the main thing.
Show some love
The final thing I deem important in this season is to show love to God, myself and to others.
God because He has been amazingly faithful, blessing me and my business in unexpected ways. On the personal front, I have had so many beautiful experiences this year. Recently as I reflected on why all these beautiful things kept happening to me, the answer dropped in my spirit. God knows you enjoy beautiful experiences and so He keeps bringing them your way. This God!
Showing love to myself has been a high priority, especially as I grow younger ;). In this season, I am celebrating my wins and efforts. Finally, my family, friends and others will certainly receive my love. I have so much love to give to those who are ready to receive it.
So tell me please, which of these four is something you must do in this season? It will be lovely to read from you. And please remember I have a created a free downloadable worksheet to help you finish unfinished business, take stock of 2020, plan goals and strategies for 2021 and show some love.
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