Wait, it’s not January anymore?
Nope. It’s not. It’s actually two weeks into February and I’ve finally found some time to reflect on January.
That’s the piece of advice I followed this last month; reflection. The advice columns are full of why reflection is so important for learning, well-being, and personal growth. But, as always, I didn’t think I needed to follow this advice. I’ve journaled since I was 10 so, I’m already killing it, right? Oh, one day I hope to look back on my naivety with fondness.
I started with a workbook called Unravel Your Year that a friend shared with me in 2017 (procrastination at its finest). It’s a long workbook that took a week of on and off writing to complete. It was a struggle to think back on what happened in 2019 and even the previous decade. I honestly thought I was losing my memory.
What was I missing? The piece I was missing didn’t occur to me until I met a positive force in my life, my new business coach.
Deciding to work with a coach wasn’t easy. My “I can do it all myself” attitude was fighting me up until that first meeting. Silly really, as I would have no worries working with a fitness or sport coach to level up my volleyball skills, which is totally in the plans this year.
We uncovered that I have a very strong saboteur, this inner dialogue that’s trying to keep me in the safe zone and away from change. This saboteur is restless, highly rational, and controlling. I know, many of you are as shocked as I was…
I’ve heard of saboteur’s before, but as I like to say, I wasn’t ready to hear it. It was meant to come out now. This little saboteur was preventing me from completing the reflection loop and identifying the ‘why’. After all, it’s easier to rationalize not doing something instead of actually doing it.
So, what am I going to do with this new information?
Superior title, I know, but it’s actually what I have planned.
Along with writing about my personal experience with growing a business, I’m going to start adding some of my communications expertise to the mix. After all, it’s something that I tell clients to do all the time, so I should probably follow my own advice? Weird how that works.
You’re also going to see a lot more of the gorgeous face behind these words with video. Yes, video! I’ve already started using video when communicating with clients and I’ve had great feedback. When I painted the chalkboard wall in my office I always thought it would be a great video background. Now it’s time to put it to use instead of gathering dust...chalk dust (good thing I’m not thinking about becoming a comedian).
I’ve also started looking at hosting classes in the city and online for creating digital marketing strategies and all its components. If you have something you’ve always wanted to learn or any advice about hosting a class, please let me know!
And finally, The Rio DealⓇ. Wait, is that a registered symbol next to that? Yes, it is! I decided to start the process of trademarking The Rio Deal. I have no idea what the end result is going to be here, but I’m setting myself up for whatever success is to come.