Are you planning to make New Year’s Resolutions? Why not ditch the resolutions this year and make some SMART goals you want to reach instead. There are a couple of reasons why resolutions may not work well for you. If they do, great. Keep doing what you’re doing, but if they don’t, then read on.
We’re so used to breaking our resolutions, that we start to think it's okay to try a little and then give up. It’s a mindset thing. A goal on the other hand, particularly if it’s a SMART goal (read more about setting SMART goals here), is something we believe we can reach. That makes us work a little harder and not give up on the end goal.
Childhood memories of the big hunt for pussy willows
One of my fondest memories of spring as a kid is watching the winter snow begin to melt and hunting for pussy willows.
My brother & I knew the places to tromp through the woods to find the best pussy willow bushes and, each spring as the snow melted & formed muddy ground, we'd don our boots and go in search of those wonderful plants.
The pussy willow is actually a scrubby willow bushy type of plant and those small, silky buds are actually flowers before they bloom. Those flowers are called catkins.
Catkins usually don’t rely on pollinators to spread their pollen. Instead they simply release their pollen into the wind, where it may or may not land on the female flower parts. In order to hit their targets, the catkins must produce a tremendous amount of pollen.
Have you ever accomplished something that took a lot of effort and made you feel proud, but you still felt less than confident about yourself in general?
In psychology, this feeling that we don’t really deserve what we’ve earned is described as the Impostor Syndrome.
No matter how much you accomplish or acquire, it won’t satisfy you unless you have self-confidence on the inside.
True self-confidence has nothing to do with what you’ve accomplished and everything to do with your belief that you have the ability to accomplish anything you want to do.
Your confidence is based on who you are, not what you did. No one or no adverse outcome can take that away from you. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Impostor Syndrome - what is it and how can it be overcome?
Have you heard of the term a fake? That's what Impostor Syndrome refers to. It's the feeling that no matter what you do, you are inadequate or incompetent despite that you are knowledgeable, skilled, and successful.
Impostor Syndrome, also known as Impostor Phenomenon, knows no particular boundaries -- it happens to men and women, in different cultures, with different upbringings.
These feelings stem from your background, your personality, and your life's circumstances. It's a combination of these that often bring on a lack of confidence.
The way to overcome that is to begin with accepting who you are and embracing your uniqueness.
We all have something very special to offer and, once you internalize this, it is just the beginning of a new way of kicking that impostor syndrome to the curb.
How many hats are you wearing in your business?
As a small business owner, there are so many hats that we wear on any given day and this is what can prove to be overwhelming --- with good reason! Let's be honest. As a solopreneur, if you don't do something, who will?
So how do you not let that become so overwhelming and exhausting?
You can start with taking a look at all the smaller pieces that make up your business. For some, that may look different, but for a service-based business you have essentially five roles:
If you've visited my website and looked around, you already know that this quote by Joshua Marine is one of my all-time favorite quotes!
I’ve been in business for over ten years and I have to honestly admit that my journey to success has not come without hard work, perseverance, courage, focus, strong support, and lots of passion.
That passion has led me through tunnels, over mountains, into valleys, and taken me over many a bumpy path. No matter how much I planned for what might be, there were still unexpected situations.
However, because of the business planning I do on a continual basis, I've created a strong and solid foundation for my business --- one that has been able to weatherproof my journey.
It’s about creating a vision and then creating the actionable steps to get there.
If you're on the fence about what business planning can do for you, then this blog post is for you.
I want to share with you five of the biggest misconceptions around business planning that I've found over my years of talking to others and working with my clients.
If you struggle with managing your time or staying focused on the must-do tasks, Pamela is your business soulmate.