What Worked in 2014?

Cardinal gameToday is the last Saturday of the year.

This time next week you will be settling into 2015, but before you close the doors on 2014, lets take a look at what made it great. And no, posting your year in review on Facebook does not count. And if you are thinking “2014 was a bust, can’t I skip this?”, no you can’t. This is a really important exercise to set you up for success in the Near Year.

(The picture is all of us at the Seahawk – Cardinal game in Arizona last weekend. Celebrating the Hawks win and our wins as a family for 2014.)

You might have to dig deep, or things might flow easily. Either way, make time for this. Your success in 2015 depends on it.

Here’s how it works:

Set aside 20 minutes when you know you will not be interrupted and list the categories of your life. Some examples are: Business, Personal, Finances, Spirituality, Fitness, etc. In each category list at least 1 thing you did that worked.

Some examples are:

  • Started a marketing program with monthly postcards being mailed out ~ got more calls from past clients for repeat and referral business
  • Exercised 30 minutes 3 times a week ~ had more energy
  • Paid off credit cards ~ feels great to not be paying interest each month
  • Spent 5 minutes a day visualizing goals ~ felt more focused throughout the day

Chances are, things will flow pretty quickly for the first few minutes and then you will seemingly hit a wall. The temptation will be to stop and call it good, but stick with it. If you stay focused on what worked for the full 20 minutes you will get a second wind and have all sorts of things pop up that surprise you.

There is gold in that list and here’s why:

  • It’s research: You have things that you excel at. Use these to build on in 2015. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Market what you’ve got and what works.
  • It builds confidence: Create from a place of power. Your mindset is one of the biggest things that determines your success. So give it a boost and revel in all of the things you rocked this year.
  • Press the easy button. Don’t sign yourself up to do things that are not consistent with who you are. When you learn how to work with your strengths instead of against them it creates momentum.
  • What you focus on expands: This one is a bonus mindset booster. The more you focus on what is working, the more things will work for you. It’s like playing a game that is rigged in your favor. And who doesn’t want that?

2015 has the makings of an amazing year. It’s going to be one for the record books. What do you want your records to be?

Use your success in 2014 as your springboard. I’ll have more tips for you next week, but if you want some personalized help, check out the note below.

To your success!
Nicole

PS: Give yourself the gift of Momentum in 2015. A plane uses 80% of its fuel taking off. The same is true for your business. If you are stuck in lift off mode or burning yourself out with boom and bust cycles in your business, then my Mindset ~ Marketing ~ Momentum group might be the perfect thing for you. There are only 8 spots and 3 are already taken so if you think it’s something you want to do, then click here.

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