It is June, yes half the year is almost gone. How did that happen?
So my question to you is, how does that make you feel? Are you rejoicing or feeling sad? Are you on track for where you thought you would be, or are you realizing you are way behind?
As for me, I am a little bit of both. I realize we cannot control everything, but we can control our response to what is happening around us. So I am looking at June as a time to re-look at my business goals and plans and see where I need to tweak or change. It is also a time to create a new, bold plan. I think if you are farther behind than where you wanted to be, it is time for a MAP. That is a Massive Action Plan. Can you create a 90 day run, plan that will jump start your business so you can finish strong?
What about you? What do you think about this? I would love to hear your feedback.
I just dropped off my 16 year old son at his “job” and I am blown away at the fact that my son is 16 and that he has work. Time flies and I find myself feeling overwhelmed by emotions about how quickly it happens. It seems like just yesterday I was teaching him colors and now here he is working and well on his way to becoming an amazing young man. I am reminded to not take life for granted. It also got me thinking about how important it has been to fill my son with good books and to surround him by good people. This was an intentional act to give him a competitive edge in life. To help mold him to be the man he will become.
“My life – my personality, my habits, even my speech – is a combination of the books I choose to read, the people I choose to listen to, and the thoughts I choose to tolerate in my mind”
― Andy Andrews
As we have made choices in life, the books we read and the place we went, it was all intentional with the end goal in mind. My goal is to raise Godly young men who love the Lord and will make a contribution to society. As I build my business, I use the same barometer. I make choices about who I spend time with and what I put in my mind so that I can hopefully make a contribution to society and become the woman God has planned for me.
Are you being intentional about who you spend time with and what books you read? Do you know where you are going? Or are you just flying by the seat of your pants with no plan or even idea of where you want to go? Please know that if you don’t have your own plan, you will be following someone’s plan.
Start today with a goal, even if it is simple, but be intentional about your life, your business and your legacy.
I just got back from the Emerge Retreat hosted by Kellie Kuecha. It was an incredible event, filled with so much, I am still processing. At the very end of the event we made a circle, held hands and after an amazing song that we sang together, we were asked to give one word that represents our experience there. So many words came up for so many people. What was so strange was earlier in the day I took time to sit in the sun by myself and asked God for one word and the word that came up for me was RIPPLE. When she asked for each of us to share RIPPLE is the word the I shared. Now home I am doing research on that word and thinking and processing what the word means to me, it brought me to Andy Andrews and the concept of the Butterfly Effect. I am linking a video about that here for you to get his words directly because only he can do it justice.
What does it mean to me? It means that everything we do and don’t do has an affect or impact. Every choice we make, every choice we don’t make and who is involved in those choices. For me it is a ripple effect. I help one person up which maybe helps that person see something differently. Now that person takes new steps and new actions and before long they are helping others and the process goes on and on. Don’t underestimate what impact a small act may have in someone’s life. You can make a difference.
It was a crazy week. This post and this site is a product of this week. My original website and email server crashed. My web manager was MIA and I was truly overwhelmed. After chasing my tail for a few days and muddling through my situation, I picked myself up by the bootstraps and got busy. I realized I did not like feeling so powerless over this situation. So now I have a new website, yes it is a work in progress, but it is mine. I am not a web developer but I can learn.
Lessons learned . . .
- Take a little time to process, do not make drastic decisions while emotionally involved.
- Seek guidance and advice from trusted advisers.
- Once a decision is made, pull the trigger, do not belabor the decision and second guess each detail.
So what did I do. After I decided to start over and get a new hosting server, I made the purchase. My usual trusted advisers where unavailable so I had to kind of go blind. But here is the best part, my trusted advisers later checked in with me and gave me some good advice. It was clear I did not make the best choice, so I was able to go back and make a few changes, some tweaks to my decision. The ultimate outcome is I have a website that is up and email that is flowing uninterrupted.
Feeling grateful and blessed.
Bring your favorite beverage and sit down for a moment with me as we share the journey of entrepreneurship. We will discuss our joys and struggles. Focus on opportunities to grow and find ways to encourage and support each other.