What is the First Thing to do? If you’re like me, you tend to make plans and watch life take over and get in the way of your best intentions. There is a Yiddish saying: “(Hu)man makes plans and God laughs”.
As Creatives, we tend to take issue with being ordered around, kept to schedules and told to stay ‘within the lines’. Yeah, I know – and what have I learned over the last 15 plus years (+ a lifetime)? While focus, time management and organization can get in our way and sometime stifle our creativity, they are really important qualities that when worked on, are incredibly important to our success with our families, businesses and lives. And yes, I know – there are many of you who have always known this – I have heard it, known it, just challenged to follow through……..
Creatives have so much spinning around in our brains; we love the idea of ‘having a plan’, yet struggle with getting it down on paper in a cohesive way. The Planning Process can be so overwhelming and when we do set up our 60/90/1 year plan, it still doesn’t answer the question: What is the First Thing to do?
I bet you have received numerous tips, lists, calendars, hints, and updates over the last few weeks. Well, here are a few tips of mine, most specifically for those who are thinking of designing a business this year (and/or continuing one or?):
Tip #1 Embrace Your Feminine AND Masculine Strengths In Your Business/Life Design For 2015
The Divine Feminine is full of creativity, inspiration and ideas which need to be directed lest it gets diluted. It needs the addition of the Masculine, which loves to implement, to set your ideas in motion. Take your ideas and list what you want to accomplish in a year, giving them a time line. I know you will have more ideas than time. If you would like assistance in this process, don’t hesitate to let me know. What’s Your Vision?
Tip #2 Don’t Make This Mistake When Setting Your Income Goal for the Year
Do you have the tools and knowledge to help you set your Income Goal for the year? Do not allow fear and scarcity to take over your thinking. It is about growing – whether your business or your family income. Last year’s income represents the past – old thinking, mindset, beliefs and values. Set your new goal looking ahead: think bigger and choose to step into the goal.
Tip #3 Design Your Plan Focused On Your “Calling”
Ever since you were a kid, there was something you knew about yourself; a ‘something’ that made you behave like the ‘Energizer Bunny’ whenever you were in the zone. This was something you always knew about yourself, and continue whether you lived it out, or not. It was the ‘thing’ that energized you! You loved it! What you knew about yourself that stoked your fire!
For me, I knew I was a teacher. It was my focus from as young as I can remember. To be a teacher and help others to be and do their best, that was my calling. My parents didn’t get it; school systems didn’t get it, nor encouraged it in/for me. It was everything BUT supported throughout my life until I finally reached my limit of being pushed in to other roles. (Story to be continued another time).
Our masculine side tells us to ‘be real and practical’, which is always needed. However, if we live with the practical all the time, we miss out on our inspired times that move us forward in new and powerful ways.
Listen to your inner voice. Communication will improve in the workplace, assist you in finding your ideal relationship, improve your current relationships and empower you without sacrificing your ethics.
As a Creative, I know I tend to complicate things; this is a challenge for all of us. Please work on keeping things simple. This will show up in your energy and your actions in a most positive way.
Clear and connected to your calling, your Divine Purpose will shine in your 2015 Planning.
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