A New Year, a new you? Meh?
A New Year, a new start? Eh?
A New Year with an old perspective? Intriguing!
As I watch my social media feeds these last several days, I am inundated by New Year suggestions – diets, plans, detoxs, dry Januarys, masterminds and every type of resolution imaginable. Resolutions … I am not a fan and so I ask you to indulge me in a short rant followed by an alternative ….
IMHO resolutions are failures waiting to happen. We set the bar too high and we set lofty goals because “it’s a new year, it’s gonna be a new me.” Believe me, I did it. By the end of January, I felt twice as bad because a) I still had “the problem” b) I failed at trying to fix it and c) it’s winter and I’m wrestling with a little depression due to the cold, gray weather. Dang … all that on the heels of celebrating the holidays. So, setting hard and fast resolutions absolutely was an exercise in self-sabotage for me. How about you?
Okay, rant over.
All that said, I am a gal who believes wholeheartedly in the power of manifestation – everything I have was created from…my thoughts. If resolutions don’t work, then what now? For me, I studied a lot about strategic planning: The 4 Disciplines of Execution (learned a valuable lesson about lead and lag measures), The 4 Hour Work Week (Okay, Tim’s a little batshit brilliant but I learned to work on my MBA – Management by Absence – a key factor in how I built a company that runs & grows without me), The One Thing (a simple strategic planning tool teaching me to take daily action to achieve my someday dreams), Traction (this is some varsity level planning – a tad complex for me).
Early on, Simon Sinek taught me to focus on my WHY. I learned about Leadership from Jim Collins & John Maxwell. I got clear on how my faith plays a role in my professional life and all the valuable business lessons in the Bible. I learned about systems from Michael Gerber & the E-Myth. I learned to stop apologizing from Rachel Hollis. I learned I am a goddamn cheetah and I can do hard things from Glennon Doyle. And, I gained clarity on how to identify “Greenlights” from Matthew McConaughey.
I am a voracious reader. I am also a successful business owner, entrepreneur & investor with a high school degree and an MBA from the U of FIO (University of Figure it Out). I am an amalgamation of hundreds, if not thousands of books, courses, seminars, podcasts and … my favorite FIO tool – You Tube videos.
For a long time I was probably searching for the “new” way forward. That magic bullet or piece of information that would up-level my career, get me on a bigger stage, expand my thought leadership, bring me greater success and allow me to have greater impact.
I’m no longer looking for a shiny new idea – I haven’t for quite some time now. In fact, I’ve spent the last several years going the low-tech, old-fashioned way. Don’t get me wrong, I am Chief Visionary Officer, it’s my role to see around corners so I do keep up to date on the new & shiny things and I use the parts that align with my simple, time-tested methods.
Drum roll please …..
And so, 2023 will be my year to be a Go-Giver. This little red book was a game changer for me – a simple business idea with massive impact. I read it years ago. It was an ah ha moment for me and made perfect sense. And now, through a series of “go-giving” I will be interviewing Bob Burg the author. Talk about manifesting. Wowsa.
I’ll be writing and talking about The Go-Giver all year long and today, I’d like to introduce you to Stratospheric Law of Success # 1: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in VALUE than you take in payment.
- Maya Angelou said people will forget what you said or did, but they will remember how you make them FEEL (apologies for the paraphrase) – that’s VALUE
- Creating an exceptional client experience or user website experience – that’s VALUE
- Providing meaningful free content – that’s VALUE
- Giving referrals (in my opinioin the # 1 way to GET referrals) – that’s VALUE
- Picking up the phone (trust me, it converts like nothing else) to check in on your colleagues and clients – that’s VALUE
- Learning to truly listen – that’s VALUE
In the book, we are introduced to Joe – a real go GETTER. I was raised to be a go GETTER too … work hard, show up and you’ll GET ahead. But it’s not working for Joe & he’s on the brink of major failure. He begins to meet a small cast of characters that introduce him to the Stratospheric Laws of Success … and some amazing coffee.
Join me on January 10th and all year long as I share more on my simple approach to creating processes based on daily behaviors that lead to massive results and a life beyond your wildest dreams. Really. It works.