Another year come and gone. My, they seem to keep flying by faster and faster, don't they?
I don't know about you, but this time of year, I always get a little discouraged. All I can think about is the stuff I didn't get done. Ugh. Feels like some of my really big goals are always out of reach.
I just can't make it happen.
And yet, when I really think about it, I DID accomplish so much this year. When I really make myself stop and think about it, I can be thankful for the baby steps.
Will you do something for me? Will you stop for just a few minutes (set your timer for 3 minutes) and just reflect on what you DID get done in 2017? Then jot me a note. I'm serious. Email me and tell me what you are proud of accomplishing. This isn't for me. This is for YOU. It's so important to actually celebrate our accomplishments before rushing into New Year's Resolutions.
If you're an over-achiever like me, it's so easy to slip into discouragement. Nothing feels good enough, the To Do list never ends, and those big goals always feel out of reach. No one's giving you a report card, a gold star, or a pat on the back. If anything, people are telling you, "You're working too hard. You need to slow down. Chill out. Do you ever STOP?!" You may plaster on a smile, but inside you want to scream, "I have so much yet to do! You have NO idea!"
I get it.
But you know what?? You ARE amazing! You are one of the rare ones. One of the dreamers. Achievers. Go-getters. And maybe OTHER people don't get it, but *I* do! I see how hard you're working. I see how determined you are. And yes, I see the discouragement, too. I feel it, too.
But today, let's celebrate, okay? Make that list. Send me a copy (firstname.lastname@example.org). I want to celebrate with you. I want to give you an "Atta boy!" and a big gold star sticker on your year. You deserve it!
And if you your list isn't very long, write down, "I made it. I survived." Because THAT is worth celebrating, too. ((Hugs))
Merry Christmas from the team at Never Alone Business Services!
Meet the team:
Chris is techy and sarcastic--which keeps our company on track and rolling with laughter!
Jen is the one who you talk to on the phone! She loves people, business, coffee and books!
Sierra keeps us all in line. She's our Manager of Client Care and if you've worked with her at all, you know how wonderful she is!
Toni manages website edits and manages your monthly newsletters. She is the mom of two beautiful girls and she also works the front desk at our music school.
Jessica is our wonderful bookkeeper! She lives in Arizona with her dog Titan and two new kittens!
Kelly is new to our team and is our Facebook Marketing manager! She creates wonderful content for you and keeps your ads performing at top speed!
We hope you have lots of wonderful food, love, and laughter with your family this holiday season!
We are so thankful for YOU!
I love the first week of the month because I get to work with my one-on-one coaching clients! The primary question I have asked this week has been: "What are you doing to get ready for January marketing?" I don't want to talk about December. I don't want to hear that you are in a "slow season" or that you are "so stressed out." I want to talk about what you are planning for January.
Now is the time of year when everyone is in a tizzy. They are freaking out about shopping and wrapping and buying and baking. You don't have to get caught up in all the crazy. You can rise above. Do you know how you catch up? I'm going to tell you a secret. You do something that isn't due until 1 month later. I do this trick all the time. In early November, I created, printed and addressed our Christmas letters. They sat on my desk, ready to go, until December 1. They weren't a source of stress for me. It was a joy to send letters to my family and friends. And because I did it ahead of time, they didn't get pushed off or ignored. You can trick your brain by ignoring the urgent and getting something done that is important.
Right now you could write 3 emails to send to your list in January. You could even preschedule them! You could write 3 Facebook ads right now to be published in January. When New Year's hits and everyone is recovering from the holiday, you will be AHEAD! Imagine how good that will feel!
Now don't tell me you don't have time. We all have the same amount of time, and frankly, I have more resonsibilities than most people I know and I still have time to get it all done. How? Because I trick my brain. I do things fast (not perfectly). I just get it done. I look ahead. What can I do NOW that my January self will thank me for??
Now listen. I'm not trying to be too hard on you. If you are a sole-proprieter or dealing with health issues or fires or other freak circumstances, there is grace. And you can always ask for help. That's what we are here for. Can't get your marketing done? We can help. In fact, just book a call with me (for THIS week) and we'll talk about what I can take off your plate. I just signed up a new business owner for monthly SEO, Google AdWords and Monthly Facebook Marketing Management. He knows he can't do it all, but he also knows it MUST be done. Atta boy. He WILL succeed because he is prioritizing the right things.
Stop your Christmas decorating and obsessing about what you'll get your staff for Christmas for a minute. Instead, plan your January marketing. When you're finished, walk into a nice restaurant and buy gift cards. Write a heartfelt "Thank you" note and hand deliver it to your staff. Look them in the eye. Tell them how much you value them. THAT will go a lot further than you scurrying around, chasing your tail, hunting for the "perfect" gift.
I know it's a busy season but it doesn't have to be stressful one. I promise. You got this!
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Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!