But really I just wanted to talk about goals and avoid the cliche of made-to-be-broken "resolutions". To me a goal is something you actually see yourself accomplishing in a fixed amount of time. A resolution is more of a vague and easily-broken wish. It's socially acceptable, almost expected, that you break your resolutions, but goals are made of weightier stuff.
All these ladies are coming home from ALT Summit with renewed focus on their goals, and I've certainly been thinking about mine.
"Crap dude, now what??"
Do any of you need to crystalize a professional or business goal for the year? Maybe get some support?
In the spirit of ladies (and my BFF Jonathan) supporting each other, what if we all blog about it and post a link in the comments section below? Reading about how others think through their professional issues and address their obstacles could be really eye-opening. Also, I think a big key to realizing goals is accountability and feedback...if we put it out there, have some conversations about it, and check back in with each other once a month, don't you feel much more likely to stay on task?
Maybe your post could answer these questions, sort of interview style:
- What would you like to accomplish in the next 365 days (professional/business/creative)?
-What are your biggest obstacles?
-How will you overcome them?
- What steps do you need to take to accomplish your goal (try to assemble a 1-year timeline)?
Here are my answers:
Hire a graphic designer to develop a logo and website, and move business from eBay (eBay has been good to me, but there's no real brand recognition or development opportunities on eBay...I'm not really "MODERNHAUS" as long as I'm on eBay, rather just another seller).
Establish some sort of physical presence in San Diego, whether through occasional pop-up sales or a storefront.
Write, paid or unpaid, in some professional capacity.
Not taking myself as seriously as I take everyone else. Oh, I can pump you up like a Nike turkey
and send you out the door convinced that you can no longer deprive the world of your talent. I believe in everyone...I really do. Now how to turn that kind of positive energy onto myself?
Not giving myself the resources to grow or improve (time [to write, think, and create a business plan], money, hired help to enable business expansion).
I feel like I really need to think about my timeline and plan to overcome these obstacles, so I'll post those answers in a day or two.
Please post your answers or link to your blog post in the comments section!