In the last run up to the holidays and the end of the year, we can all be feeling a little bit overwhelmed and possibly even a little burnt out.
For many of you, the holidays may be the only time that you take your foot off the accelerator and give yourselves a chance to catch your breath.
For others, you’re looking forward to the quiet period – you’ll finally have the headspace to focus on what’s next.
Will you take an opportunity to acknowledge how far you’ve come in the past 12 months?
I will. And in today’s post I’d like to share my year with you and my goals for the year ahead.
2014 year in review
I started the year off with fear. I had finished working with several people and had one client remaining. After a review of my finances, I was scared shitless. I thought it wasn’t going to work and I’d have to give up.
I laid all my fears, doubts and insecurities on the table over lunch with Mark Leruste, who gave me a kick up the backside and some inspiration to stop moaning and start doing. Immediately I knew that I needed to…
Hustle became my key word for 2014. People weren’t going to know about me unless I went out there and told them I existed. Regularly. Consistently. Hustling.
I went to a lot of networking events – some targeting social enterprises, some targeting startups, some industry specific ones, and my own monthly meetup. I followed up with anyone I met.
I connected with people on social media and asked them questions.
I continued to write blog posts even when I was anxious no one was reading them.
And I launched a pilot program to gain valuable feedback on the structure of my main program.
what I accomplished
My efforts certainly paid off!
I’m SO, so proud that I have:
- had the honour and pleasure of supporting over 20 entrepreneurs through my individual coaching program and focus sessions
- delivered coaching to nearly 50 graduate students, taking them from no idea to a solid business plan and pitch within a 5-week entrepreneurship program
- encouraged and facilitated peer-to-peer support at 9 Social Sound Offs
- run workshops and talks at Impact Hub Westminster, Bathtub2Boardroom, the General Assembly, makersCAFE, and Social Innovation LIVE
- launched my first e-product, the ClarityKit, to enable people to move from their big dream to an actionable plan in just 50 minutes
- redesigned my website
I made a profit!!!!
what I learned
All of these accomplishments didn’t come easily. And even when things kept getting better, I still feared that it was a fluke. The biggest thing I learned this year is that the journey is HARD! It tested my patience, my resilience, and my sanity more than once and I’m pretty sure it will again.
Knowing this, I want to give myself permission to turn off when I’m having a bad day, change my surroundings, and pick up again in the morning to start afresh.
who I’m grateful for
Even though I run my own business, I haven’t done it all alone.
Secondly, I’m grateful for the people who I rely on for things behind the scenes –
Thirdly, my various networks of support who pick me up when I’m feeling down, give me a nudge when I’m being complacent, or just lend an ear when I need someone to bounce ideas off of.
A finally, and most importantly, I am grateful for YOU – my readers, my clients, and my supporters. Thank you for being here with me and thank you for the work you do. You give me a reason to get up and do what I do each day!
In 2015, I commit to growing my business. Here’s how:
- continuing my one-to-one support and meetups
- opening a private online community to offer weekly live support
- partnering with at least one more entrepreneurial program to deliver coaching
- running monthly workshops and webinars
- designing a group program for launch in Q4
I will hold myself accountable to these goals and always aim to improve the work that I do.
over to you
What was your best memory from 2014? Share it with us in the comments below so we can celebrate with you.