Today’s question is from Jodi Womack, who says: “I’ve been there and seen all the tips on goal setting and new year’s resolutions around business planning. Honestly, it feels like kicking a bag of laundry uphill. I need a fresh perspective on stuff (my stuff) that feels stagnant and old. Can you help?”
Here are a few ideas for breathing life into what you know you have to do to keep your business running, especially when it’s feeling like the same old stuff, day in and day out.
Shush up. If you are sick of hearing yourself talk, then listen. Give someone else your list of goals or to dos and have them read it out loud to you. There is something powerful about hearing your own plans, in your own words, spoken out loud by someone else. You get a fresh perspective on them and you might even learn something in the process.
You may hear parts of it or reframe your approach to the ideas. At the very least, you will have gotten them out of your head and out of your private space, which may serve to stoke your fire.
Spice it up. If you are just bored by your list and have a hard time even looking at it, rename your projects, decorate your to do list (sounds corny, but if you are really kicking laundry uphill, wouldn’t you try anything to shake the drudgery?). A colleague and I call our work together (which is kind of technical and falls in the area of my business that gives me mental hives) the GlitterBomb project. Hello! I’m always excited about our calls because even though the thing itself is (was) a bummer for me to think about–working on anything with “glitter” in the title makes my day.
Have more fun together. Get some accountability and use peers and friends to keep you accountable to the stuff that feels like pushing a boulder (warning: there are swear words in this link) uphill. Call, text or email someone (one of your CFC buddies, perhaps?) when you are starting to work on something. Tell them what you are doing and for how long. Then repeat the process and report how it went at the end.
Let me know how you keep it fresh in the comments. Please submit any questions you have to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in the comments below, and I’ll answer them in upcoming videos. Thank you!