You are smart, collected, passionate, and ambitious. Your friends always come to you for advice, people trust your opinions and ideas, and you are geared up and ready for 2018. So what will you do for the new year?
It's time to take that idea that's been in the back of your mind for years and turn it into a business you can be proud of. You run your life like a seasoned CEO, so why should your business be any different?
The new year always brings on wide-eyed optimism, but it's quickly replaced with the nagging voices in our heads telling us why we can't do what we want. With some small changes, an idea partner to support you, and a little faith in yourself, you can silence that voice. There are a lot of classic excuses that people use to hide from realizing their dreams, but it's easy to poke holes in that harmful thinking that should be left in 2017.
- I don't have time to follow my passions
This is probably the most used excuse of all time. If you get back every second you've wasted uttering this phrase, you could add days to your productivity. Time is going to pass regardless, and if you had started working toward your goals, with a plan in mind, at the beginning of 2017, you would already have a year's work completed. Why wait any longer?
By making some small changes in our everyday lives, we can free up hours of time. Time spent in front of the TV or on our phones is a major offender; according to an article published by CNN, "the average American spends nearly half a day staring at a screen." It's okay to unwind with some social media, but it shouldn't consume most of your day.
Try devoting ten minutes everyday to working on your goals. Soon ten minutes may turn into twenty, and before you know it, working on yourself will become part of your routine.
- I might fail
Fear of failure can be overwhelming, and it's very easy to fall down that rabbit hole. Instead of focusing on what could go wrong, try to imagine what your life would look like if everything went right. If you like what you see, then you've found enough motivation to push through that fear. The only real way to fail is to spend your life wondering what it might have been if you had the courage. Make 2018 the year of no regrets!
- How am I supposed to do this by myself?
Get as many people on your team as possible. By telling the people in your life that you're beginning to work on your goals, it creates accountability and makes the dream real. People will ask you how the work is coming, which will give you even more motivation to get it done. Getting people you love on board will also supply you with a cheer squad that's rooting for you! Don't hesitate to tell your squad when you're feeling like you've hit a wall, and they'll help you crash through it. There are so many ways to get support and traction from those you know and those you can bring on your team as needed.
- I don't know where to start
There's no clear starting line for people embarking on their own journeys, so you'll have to create one. You can talk to friends about how they stay organized, work with your coach on how small changes in habit can lead to big results, and read online resources for tips. You just have to start and believe that you're worth it. So take a seat, grab some coffee, and get to work.