I run several intimate and personal accountability groups (I call them Miniminds) for women entrepreneurs. As we near the end of 2017 and as we all start mentally preparing for both the holiday rush and the year ahead, my two current groups and I have been conversing about our accomplishments for the 2017 year.
In a session yesterday, two participants mentioned (in two very different ways) that they felt like they hadn’t accomplished enough AND simultaneously, they also recognized that they were unable to give themselves credit for what they HAD accomplished.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Do you have a tendency to undercut your accomplishments and focus mainly on the things you DIDN’T do?
My lovely friend Tonya Darlington, an excellent Virtual Assistant in Halifax, wrote an amazing post on Facebook last week where she finally gave herself credit for ALL the many things she HAD accomplished this year. It was quite astounding. This girl had a powerhouse year and she finally gave herself some much needed credit for it! It was huge.
And it made me think about the things I have accomplished this year as well.
Because, like Tonya, I have a tendency to not give myself enough credit. And I also tend to focus on what I haven’t done (like writing my automated welcome sequence which I’ve been working on for nearly 2 months 🙄).
So here it is. My very honest and open list of what I’ve accomplished this year.
- I left a business I loved but that was not serving me or my health in the way I needed it to. It was a difficult decision, and a trying time to say the least. The decision to leave IS the accomplishment here, because even though it was one of the hardest things I’ve been through in my working career, I’m so glad I chose myself and my health first.
- I took time off and reconnected with the friends and family that I had missed out on seeing in my year of 12 hour days and having my brain constantly ‘somewhere else.’
- I drove across Canada and made some major life decisions with my husband Jarrett during the trip. We set some clear goals and really became clear on our vision for a location independent lifestyle.
- I became super clear on what kind of business I want to build for myself. One that has loads of flexibility in both time and space, so that I can work more sometimes, and work less other times, which allows me to go with the flow depending on what’s going on in my life, outside of work.
- I worked with an amazing graphic design and web design team (Thank you Sarah Kay Design Co) to create a brand new website that really truly represents me and my brand: rooted, grounded, quiet, natural, evolving.
- I worked with a total of 7 amazing 1-1 private consulting clients this year, all of whom have experienced both personal growth and growth in their businesses.
- I’ve worked with 10 women in my intimate MiniMind Accountability groups. Friendships have grown stronger, and the support I see between the group members is just the loveliest thing.
- I’m working with one of my oldest friends on growing her brand and business on the West Coast of Canada, which is not only allowing me to spend more time with a person I love, but also allowing me to reconnect with the Pacific Northwest in a way that I didn’t even know I was craving.
- I attended one amazing conference this year, and signed up to be a speaker in 2018 (Blog Jam Atlantic, in case anyone wants to join me there!).
- I streamlined my business systems and processes so that my leads are engaged, my whole backend system for sending out proposals is super streamlined, and I’m saving huge amounts of time every month on admin.
- I created 4 new spreadsheet templates that are not only helping me run and organize my business goals, workplans, financial scenarios, and sales….but are also helping my clients do the same in their businesses.
- I’ve deepened my relationships with my online community in a way that I’ve been craving.
Now, if I made a list of all the things I didn’t accomplish this year, my headspace moving into the new year would certainly be a little darker, a little less motivated, and a little more depressed. So, I owe Tonya a huge thank you for inspiring me to make THIS list instead! As an additional perk, writing out this list also inspired me to set some clear goals for Q1 of 2018.
I’ve also challenged my MiniMind Groups to do the same, so that we can all start the new year off on the right foot.
Your turn – what have YOU accomplished this year? Get it down on paper. In fact if you want a worksheet to use, you can grab a copy of one I just made, below. It also includes a page to help you outline some of your goals for Q1 of 2018.
Have a wonderful Thursday! As the year comes to a close, I hope you take the time you need to reflect on all the great things that you’ve done – it will get you in a great headspace for moving ahead into 2018!
ps. I’m opening up a third Minimind group for 5 motivated women. If you’re interested in joining us for a productive Q1, and are ready to put some serious time and effort into growing your business, and supporting others while they do the same, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to book in for a complimentary 15 minute chat so we can discuss if the Minimind is a good fit for you and your business in 2018.