Yeah, so it’s 2017.
At midnight on December 31st of that nasty mean year 2016, it all changed. Suddenly everything is brilliant. You’re motivated, you’re energised and already you’re kicking the ass of all those goals you set.
If you were hanging out on social media over the New Year break you could be forgiven for believing that everyone else had had a fantastic party, run a marathon, looks gorgeous and smashed their business goals already.
If like me you were still sitting watching box sets digesting your Christmas pud that could leave you feeling a wee bit intimidated, inadequate and overwhelmed as it’s all too easy to compare ourselves with the image that others present and judge ourselves lacking.
Because in truth what we see on social media is what people want us to see. They share their successes, and why shouldn’t they? They probably worked very hard for them. Because what we don’t see is the 100 times they fell on their bum getting there. We don’t see the bits that I call the snot and tears side of running a business.
The reality is that very often people share things like those annoying inspirational quotes to make themselves feel better when life is in fact far from rosy.
I started 2017 at the local hospital sitting at my daughter’s bedside and then my mother’s. Not quite the plan we had in mind for January, but it reminded me of what is important – and I am hugely grateful for the NHS.
And that is real life.
If you woke up in 2017 a tad disappointed that the world was actually exactly the same as it had been a few hours earlier then I encourage you to do 2 things…
- Review 2016 and notice all your achievements, everything that you did well.
- Get a piece of paper and make a note of your priorities. Now set your intention to focus on them.
The world doesn’t change at midnight on New Year’s Eve, but a New Year does give us a chance to pause, reflect and prioritise.
As for me, yes I have some exciting plans but also I’m re-grouping to sort my time to have more play time with my daughter. Because I started my business to enable me to lead the life I want, not for my business to rule my life.
I wish you a very happy 2017