As my readers know, I participated in the #Reverb10 blogger campaign in December 2010. During December, the campaign sent participating bloggers a daily reflection prompt in order to help you manifest more good stuff in 2011. I found the campaign mid-December and posted ten blog posts that covered 18 of the 31 prompts. I drafted posts that touched upon most of the other 13 prompts and still hope to publish those when appropriate, like today.
In February, I re-categorized my blog to improve the overall performance of the site. The project included re-reading almost all of the 50+ posts I had written since I started blogging in fall 2010. When I re-read the Reverb posts, I felt a series of warm emotions.
– First, I was proud of myself for being so open and setting my intentions to the world.
– Second, the prompts made me do hard work on myself and think about what I needed to change for 2011. I am not sure I would have done it as effectively otherwise.
– Third, while I try to keep my personal and business lives separate, I shared most of the Reverb posts on my personal Facebook wall and it brought me closer to friends.
– Finally, I believe that what I shared can help people I don’t know. I am thankful that Reverb prompted me to put my experiences out on the big, bad internet for that reason alone.
I’ve received emails that Reverb 2011 is starting with monthly prompts. Since I’m still going at my own pace, I’ve decided to take on the February prompt and a December 28th prompt from Tara Sophia Mohr because they go hand in hand. Tara’s also been on my mind. She is launching a Playing Big coaching program this month and it looks exactly like what I wish I’d had when I decided to start my own business. If my professional development resources and time weren’t tied up right now, I’d be enrolled and am jealous of all the wonderful women who will participate.
December 28 – Achieve: What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today. (Author: Tara Sophia Mohr)
February 2011: One month into 2011, what question(s) are you living? Are there any prompts/questions that arose during #reverb10 that are still resonating in your life? Are you living new questions?
I’ve talked a few times about a strategic change I made in 2011 to work with a time management and productivity coach. There is so much to do when launching a new business and I needed professional support to help me develop systems for making better decisions. I am always fascinated when she tells me something I told one of my own clients earlier in the day, but I just couldn’t see for myself!
After working with my coach for a little over two months, I feel that I am more productive on a day-to-day basis and when March 1 rolled around, I could see and feel growth in my business. I suddenly understood what could happen if I start thinking even bigger. “Feeling” growth is not comfortable to me- I need to express things in a very quantifiable way. So I am in the process of setting big, measurable goals for The Opportunities Project and myself between now and December 2011. It all came together once I had control of my time and focus.
With the haze cleared, I know that in 2011 I want to achieve two things – making my business its own “being”, and finding someone to share my life with. I am not sure how comfortable I am in talking about my love life on my public business blog, but it’s important to me and I need to start putting it out there. So it’s out there. On the business side, a quote that keeps resonating with me is from Michael Gerber about the difference between working ON your business and working IN it. He actually talks about business owners neglecting to work ON their businesses versus in them. At this point, I feel the opposite. I spend so much time on marketing, content and planning for the future and I want to switch so I am devoting more of my focus to client and service delivery. I want my business to be in a place where it starts working for me. Achieving this will make me feel secure and yet free. It will also allow me to devote focus to what I want to achieve in my personal life.
So what are ten things I could do or beliefs I could have to achieve my business goal?
1. Outsource and ask for help. (DONE- see an upcoming post.)
2. Be honest with people in my life about my intentions.
3. When looking at my To Do List, concentrate on the things that will bring me money ($) or happiness ( :) ).
4. Put my current clients first before future clients.
5. Ensure that what I do everyday connects to my goal of creating a functioning business and is not a distraction.
6. End relationships that are not helping me with points 1-5.
7. Believe in the value that I bring to clients.
8. Remember that the whole is always more important than the parts.
9. Love and care for my whole self and not just my mind.
10. Understand that my personal goals are just as important as my professional goals and are often interrelated.
Reflecting: Lingering Questions
When looking at the Reverb topics I delved into, there are still some things that linger after three months. It’s good to look at them so I can re-prioritize.
Writing and Action: I’ve made great strides in organizing my writing, committing time to it, and producing content. I’ve created new systems for collecting ideas so I can focus on what’s open and ready to be completed.
Letters to Myself: I think that I’ve been better about intuition. I started the year off strong by not reading so much, but that’s crept back in. Interestingly, I was at a conference in February where I was confronted with people I used to hang out with in the year 2000, as well as the regrets I have about not taking the same paths they took. It was sobering, but it made me realize that it’s time to move on and pay attention to what I want in the here and now. I am meeting more people every day who have goals similar to mine.
Wisdom of Letting Go: This is a resolved. Even if entrepreneurship does not work out for me, I have no doubt that I made the right move at the right time.
11 Things to Leave Behind: To varying degrees, I’ve left grudges, procrastination, obligations, and impatience behind. The things to leave behind that I’ve been struggling with are related to personal/professional balance… which brings me to…
My challenges… Also known as my Next Wins!
Parties, Travel and Pleasures: Definitely not enough of this and when I think about how to bring this into my life, I see chaos and feel anxious. How can I have fun with such limited personal time and money? There’s a way, I’m sure. I am going to New Orleans next week with the NYU crew. It’s a work trip, but I Must. Involve. Fun. And. Beignets.
Big Wonders and Ordinary Joy: One of the down sides of clearing out the haze has been being stuck on very tactical things. I guess one of the big wonders I’ve felt is beginning to realize the power of social networking and what can be accomplished with it. This floors me every day.
Make: Use Your Artistic Side: I’ve definitely been using my artistic side to write more, but haven’t painted the sign for my door that I referenced in this post. I am in the process of clearing out my home office of paper as I am moving everything online, and also reorganizing the layout of furniture. I am eager to take the sign on as part of this office project.
You Are Your Best Investment (body integration): Next, please.
My Word for 2011: I chose the word Living. I don’t feel like I am honoring this commitment the way I should and the February prompt is a good reminder to me. Again, it’s about thinking big, right?
How is your 2011 going?