September started yesterday! (Just in case you missed it….)
EGADS! I can hear the echoes of “where did the year/week/summer/my life” go from here to the International Date Line. Same thing happens every year, though. Years start. They go on. They end. The year keeps going, the clock keeps ticking, there’s always the same number of days from calendar to calendar…and yet every time, at moments like this, we’ve all probably found ourselves saying the same thing at some point. Where did the time go?
And if you’re anything like me, it’s the time where the seasons change (for a lot of us, anyway!) and that moment of recognition pops up–a marker event that reminds us all that yes, time is still moving forward. It hasn’t stopped for you. And there are only so many days left before the end-of-the-year cavalcades of excitement engulf us all.
Now might be the time that you ask yourself: OMG, the year is almost over and I have accomplished WHAT in my business and life? What was I doing a year ago, and am I ANY closer now? Dude….
(Well, maybe I added the “dude” part….you might’ve said something else, and that’s all good!) 😉
Have you ever decided in a moment like this that something significant has to happen so that you can at least FEEL like you’re on the right track with things? You know, like what we’ve been talking about the last two weeks, the “next big thing” for you?
Nothing like a change of Season, Month, and a peek at a Year that is perilously close to its end to really wake you up. Big time.
And maybe freak you out a little!
But that’s OK. Really. No problem. We got this. We can make the rest of your 2015 worthwhile, fun, and inspiring while getting something major accomplished.
What I am talking about is deciding what you want for the rest of the year–just the rest of the year!–and setting those intentions. Then making the plans. And then, of course, getting it done.
Let’s see how.
-First of all, don’t panic! Nothing like a deadline to get you roused into freakout mode. But then again, remember, we’re just talking about your intentions and goals for the rest of the year. Not the rest of time. And you do have a good month or two to get something done, so if you focus on the most important points, that can be plenty of time. Really.
Think of it this way: have a sense of urgency, but not a sense of emergency. It all can be done. And it’s gonna be great!
-Second, let’s get a little bit practical. Take some time and look at what is really going on in your day-to-day life right now. Take account of everything. Day job, family, life, grocery shopping, Netflix binge-watching, all of it. Be honest–what are you spending your days doing, what is non-negotiable, what is absolutely necessary, and….what might not be?
When you know what you’re dealing with, it makes it a LOT easier to make “real”, tangible, doable plans.
But here’s the thing: be matter-of-fact about what you must do every day. Taking a good hard look at it all isn’t meant bog you down. It’s not there to make you feel overwhelmed. Or to feel any misery at having to do “one more thing”. We all have things that have to get done…but they don’t have to stop you from moving forward with your biggest dreams, either. And what better way to give your most precious projects their due time than to schedule them along with your other non-negotiable items?
(And not only that, such an assessment has always helped me not only decide what stays time-wise, but also what GOES. Because some things in your life have probably worn out their welcome….)
-Once you’ve taken an honest time-assessment, take a breather. Just relax. I know, I know…I just told you to write out everything you HAVE to do every day, now I’m telling you to put it all aside and just chill? That’s right! Why?
Because you deserve credit. Credit for what you already do every day. For what it has taught you. And for how far you’ve gotten in life so far. For all that you’ve accomplished and continue to get done.
Now, a rock star like you that can take on all of this and keep on ticking SURELY has what it takes to be a kick-ass entrepreneur, right? YOU BET YOU DO! So give yourself a break. And a cheer or two. You have done so much already. And you have all that you need to do so much more.
-Now…Your Business Plans: Let’s take a look at where you are right now with that!
-Do You have an idea that’s tugging at you? Do you have ONE idea that you’re ready to focus on exclusively for a while?
-Have you considered who it is that would benefit the most from what you have to share? (That is, who would your most cherished customers or clients be?)
-Have you begun considering how you’re going to start sharing these ideas and plans? For example, a website, a new blog, social media, or…talking to people about it? (Now, there’s a novel idea for the 21st Century!) 😀
-Or are you at a different place entirely? Or not sure at all?
No matter what your answer to any of the above was, consider this:
-Regarding your Business Idea and Getting Started Goals, What needs clarification? What gap to you need to bridge right now in order to feel like you’re REALLY getting somewhere?
and (and this is IMPORTANT, people!)….
-How does it all feel right now? And how do you WANT it to feel?
Start making some notes and see what comes up. These are just a few possible questions to get you started, but there are any number of places where you might be right now, so go with what speaks to you the most. Start jotting everything down and see what comes up. Give it about 10 or so minutes…
What did you find out?
-Now, just one more thing…..whatever gap we want to bridge by the end of this year, let’s make it something DOABLE. Just for you. Because we all sometimes bite off more than we can chew. Sometimes the plans get a little big grandiose, and that’s great–I want you to dream big, of course! But for the moment, the most important thing is to set you up for success. And have an amazing winner shot by the end of the year.
We all know what really happens when the End-of-Year Vortex sucks you in. All of your good intentions might just drift off in all of the camaraderie and the chaos. And if your goals were a little bit too lofty they might get run over by a reindeer. We’re not gonna let that happen to you! We’re gonna finish strong–but we’re also gonna finish! So make it tangible. Make it specific. And most of all, achievable. (After all, if you meet your goal, you can always do more if you want to!)
So What is your End-of-Year dream goal? Think it could be finished by the time the snow flies? (If in fact it flies where you are!) Good. Put a date on it. I wouldn’t make it much later than Mid-November, but get it down.
And don’t get bogged down too much in it all! Have fun. Really. (I don’t think that this can be repeated often enough, y’all!)
So do you know what it is you’d LOVE to have under your belt before the clock strikes “end” on the year? Is 60-ish days enough to get it done? Remember, if you need any help with ANY of this kind of planning, it might be time for a Discovery Call…..going on ALL through September and beyond!
To your Rest-Of-The-Year plans!