THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS
"Power is not given to you. You have to take it." Beyonce
(This Beyonce quote is on repeat right now for a reason.)
I am the only person I know who has kept her New Year's Resolution much less multiple times.
I am one of the 3% people who do this.
If you're serious about making this change, this is what I suggest:
1. Think BIG. Point blank big is scary. Big requires real action. Intentional action. Are you going to lose that final 10 lbs of post-baby weight or are you going to get in that fabulous dress you've had hung in your closet for more than a year now? You're going to get in that dress, wear it, flaunt it and have fun with it by April 15th.
How about having regular and recurring income? That would be nice to have too, right? How about consistent 5-figure income and a system in place to generate more with each month passing?
Ask yourself how much and by when?
2. Think about the pain in your life. Say what?? Yes, think about the pain. Pain drives change. Comfortable living keeps you at status quo. Pain drives change. When you touch a burning stove what do you do? Instinctively move away! When you remember and live with the pain, you work to make things that much better! Your drive is increased!
3. Create space in your life for the change. You have to do the work to change. That means new learning and new habits. That means you have to create space in your life for something new. That means you have to dedicate hours of your life, hours of your work for this new change. It takes work and anyone who says otherwise is a fool. Talk to your family, your business partner, your kiddos if you need to. Have the conversation with yourself and anyone else you need to, to create the space required.
4. Get help. New change requires new learning. You don't know what you don't know so here's the deal. Dive in! Dive right in! Don't hesitate. Read something. Talk to someone. Interview another. Shadow. Mentor. Whatever you need to do. Do it. That also means get a partner-in-crime. Yes, an accountability partner. Not a friend, not a foe but a real deal partner to keep you moving forward.
5. Decide. Don't roll your eyes! You have to decide that this is the moment where your goals and resolutions will become true. Fact is this is probably the single most important step. Either you are in or you are out. Either you will or you won't. There's no other way about it. Decide and move forward.
What's your big goal for 2018?
Lead Ladies Lead.
--> Worth repeating... Have you heard the story about asking Harvard MBAs what their goals were? The cliff notes version is that only 3% wrote down their goals and when they checked back in 10 years those 3 out of 100 people that had written goals were earning, on average, 10 times as much as the other 97 percent of the class combined.
Money isn't everything but that kind of money is something.
Write. It. Down.
--> Did you know there's a productivity diet out there? I am not going to lie, I am intrigued...
--> If you're as forgetful as I am, you (and I) need these tools to remember people, places, and things!
--> "Whatever the opposite of FOMO is, I have that. I am too busy living my life to worry about what other people are doing." I love what Microsoft's Dona Sarkar says about living such a life. Focus on you girl. Give yourself that gift.
Last but not least.
--> We are currently interviewing women to be featured here in The Power Squad Project. If you would like to be considered or know someone who would, please let us know!
--> Our new Mission Accomplished Accountability program is ramping up with real live results and we are working on adding new exclusives. If you sign up now, we'll add a free 30-minute consultation to help you ensure you have the right kind of goals set!
Quick side note from Ashleigh. Here are my most favorite tools ever.
- For audio motivation - Relentless by Tim Grover. I listen to him as I was in the mornings. My walk always becomes a power walk after listening.
- To focus during the day I love to focus@will. They say music helps you focus and for me it surely does. I blare the classical music. I am not sure how many people my age choose that over techno but either way I love it.
- Rosemarie Groner (from the Busy Budgeter) is a friend and I just LOVE how much she gives everything away. She tells you and anyone she can her detailed way to making money! Start with her Pinterest Strategy Guide that is worth every penny. Not. going. to. lie.