Am I late to the new year, new me or what? Happy 2022 fellas!
Maybe I am or perhaps, this is just the right time.
Within the last year, I have experienced major shifts in my life and career. From having to re-apply to stay in my current company (transformation baby!) to getting married to the love of my life and, oh! Catching corona twice! This, my friend, is the reality of being an entrepreneur! Surprises happen, life happens. So how do we (do I) make sure to stay committed to building the dream business?
If you need direction on how to set your 2022 goals you should definitely check out this post
Here are 3 takeaways from this post (if you’re not one for a long read):
- Pick something you love and you’re already good at and dedicate just 15 minutes a day to it. The consistency adds up to big results.
- Join a community. You can do it by yourself, but it’s easier when you have others supporting and cheering you on.
- Choose the strategy that best fits your business not what’s popular
If you’re a one-minute guy, this is where the post ends for you. But, if you like to keep it going, i’m about to give you the deets on what I’m doing to make sure 2022 is different for me
All you need is 15 minutes
I’m a reader. Always have been. I love the feel of a hard-cover book in my hand. Tea by my side, headphones on. But between meeting work deadlines and client work on @askabbiecoaching, there was virtually no time to read. I had to be intentional about creating time for this important part of my life. This came with a sacrifice; giving up hardcover books for e-books. I created a goal on my Ibooks app to read 15 minutes a day. You know how it gets once you start, instead of 15 mins, i’m usually doing an average of 35 mins a day reading. Get this, I’m already on my third book of the year and I can boast of a 27 day streak! At this rate, I will complete 24 books before the year ends.
Lean into collective wisdom
On January 3rd, I joined a group of women for breakfast, aerobics, yoga and a wellness talk. I’m sure you’ve been in a room (or space) like this before. Surrounded by people on the same mission as you, heads bobbing up and down, energy charged for renewal. That was the energy at Ariel’s wellness event. Suffice it to say, it was so good I went again for the February 5th edition. If you’re an entrepreneur, you know how easy it is to run out of steam doing the same things over and over again, and not seeing the results your efforts deserve. In Africa, suffering is glorified. But no, I won’t be a part of this and frankly, you shouldn’t either. I plan to actively learn from the mistakes of others and lean into collective wisdom rather than trying to figure it out all by myself. Piece of advice: if you have never done so, try joining a community this year. And if you’re a business owner, then you should really check out the cool Scaleup Accountability Club I created. It’s a community for business owners who are ready to put in the work to grow their businesses in 2022. If that sounds like you, you can sign up to join here!
If you don’t try, you won’t know
I started January experimenting on @askabbie. My goal was simple: 2022 won’t be just another year where I sit back at the end and count how many businesses I coached. I want it to be the year my business shifts. The year I move from listening to instagram gurus to finding the path that works for me and my brand. The year I find followers who aren’t just in my audience for reel ideas but are there to learn and impact their business. With a little over 1K followers, I reached 12.5K accounts in January alone. The highest I’d done prior to this was 5K (when I was listening to everyone but me). Of course, it hasn’t been all bells and whistles and my engagement and reach have tanked a bit in February but I stay positive knowing that my journey is mine and mine alone. And, if I am consistent and intentional, then 2022 will definitely not be just another year. It will be the year things shifted to make way for me.
Takeaway:When we strive to become better than we already are, everything around us become better too.