Today is a momentous occasion for me as I am writing my 150th article for this site. What you may not know is that this is my second blog site; a few years ago, both my website and my blog got hacked by some #&$^#(# people – reasons unknown. That site had about the same amount, a little more than the 150 articles. Needless to say, I was devastated that I had to start over and rebuild my online presence.
However, even though it was a blow, it did force me to enter a bigger and better area for my business. I began writing more and soon noticed that my messages were clearer, more impactful and I was gaining recognition from “big players” (Forbes Woman, CLO). I found that I was being contacted to joint venture and was noted for my expertise in the areas of careers and leadership. It also helped me to rebrand and to step into a bigger arena.
My message for today is that you can do the same. You have the ability to look at areas in your business, career and your personal life and make changes that will leap you forward:
- Begin to asses these areas to determine your level of satisfaction, what actions are working and what is not working; review your situations and interactions in asking these questions so you can get a clearer picture
- Once you have this data, strategize changes you would like to make that will reverse anything you found that is not working; put numbers to them, such as the number of contacts you need to make; this can also include any area dealing with personal tasks, emails, social media or the like as these need to be factored into your time and affect your outcomes
- Set new goals – SMART goals – to help you playing a bigger game; I didn’t put a time on when I wanted to get back to that 150 number but I had it in my sites and ‘slow and steady’ became my theme.
- Plan out exact steps you need to take to get your plans done, as well as the days you will commit to working on them; put these in your calendar so you know exactly how you will be spending your day
Although I didn’t have the opportunity to plan out how I would refocus and rebrand my business – I was forced – I am thankful (now) that the situation occurred. Whoever did this has a “power agenda” in mind, namely to show that they can. For some people, this would have imploded their business but I am a persistent and resilient type so I believe I was the powerful one here. For you, you have the opportunity to create and make changes on your own terms. So take a lesson and celebrate with me today and I will reciprocate and celebrate your successes with you!
Would love if you would share them here. If you would like to gain more clarity and leap into a bigger game, I’d love to work with you!