As the first month in the new year is almost gone, I have given pause on several occasions to ponder an assessment of the past year. I said goodbye to the endless corporate rat race at the end of 2015 to pursue a less stressful lifestyle. It is probably wise to prepare and plan for such a change, but in the true style of reinventing myself, I did not. I jumped feet first over the cliff into the unknown with not even a plan on what I would do or how I would do it. Fast forward a year later – it all turned out okay.
So how did I determine it all turned out okay? Most of us measure our accomplishments by our salary, status, or things we own. Those can all be very telling, but they are also the culprits that land you in the rat race in the first place. At some point in my journey I had goals in the back of my mind, even though I never wrote them down like they say you should. It was the progressive completion of those unspoken goals plus some unexpected ones that made me feel my year had been a success.
The measure of your accomplishments should be a compilation of your personal and business goals and relationships. If I had based my year end achievements solely on one aspect of my life, such as income, I would have rated myself a total failure. The moral of the story is to look beyond what many consider the normal measures of accomplishment. We often fail to take into consideration all aspects of our lives in evaluating how fortunate we truly are.
My business successes coupled with personal growth and relationships have prepared me to face the challenges of a new year with optimism my bottom line will be better, and if not – I will venture down yet another path. Life is full of possibilities no matter your age or life circumstances, you just have to be willing to make the effort.
Cheers to your New Year!