Tis the season that many of us as small business owners or solopreneurs are not only busy with holiday activities, we have the added pressure of reviewing our business accomplishments and challenges over the past year. If you are like me, you are most likely thinking you didn’t get all you wanted accomplished. We set big goals for ourselves, and while I’m all for dreaming big, I’m sure we often overload our plate with too many to-dos and must-dos.
While mulling over the direction of my business and planning for a productive 2017, I see that I have been fairly industrious for 2016. I’ve helped two other others launch their books, and I have self-published my forgiveness journal, Letters From a Healing Heart. I was also able to see the compilation The Gift of Inspiration for Women come to completion. I contributed over a dozen pieces to the book project, which was started over four years ago. While I was not the editor or publisher, I learned a lot about the challenges and delays that she encountered. Both of us (and perhaps all the other authors) learned a great deal along the way. We learn that life events are not on the schedule for any of us, but they certainly take our attention as well as our breath away when heartbreaking challenges are added to our lives. We also learned that keeping our eye on the result keeps that tiny ship sailing until it reaches the harbor, and when it does, those waiting for its arrival celebrate regardless of how long the voyage.
On the other hand, I had a few projects that lost momentum, and a couple clients that went MIA. While it’s their choice, I can’t help but feel disappointed that I didn’t get them to the finish line. With that in mind, I think it’s fitting to share an excerpt from The Gift of Inspiration for Women that talks just about that. I hope you’ll find it helpful for you too.
You were awesome today. You really should be proud of yourself. You are a pretty amazing person. You cared for others, paid attention to details, and pulled more than your fair share of the load. You helped the mom with the toddler and the stroller through a heavy door, let someone else have the closer parking spot and cracked a joke that made the harried cashier smile. You really did a bang-up job!
But, I’m afraid you won’t read this. Instead, you’re busy rehashing the day, telling yourself that you dropped the ball somehow. Maybe you missed getting to the bank before it closed, forgot your power suit at the cleaners, or dinner was burned because everyone was late getting home. There were bills in the mail and a leak in the bathroom. All you want to do is crawl into bed and make it all go away. Before you do, go back and read the first paragraph.
Tomorrow you’ll get up and do it again…and you will be awesome tomorrow too.
© 2106 Susan M. Sparks, contributing author, The Gift of Inspiration for Women
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