In my last blog post, which was the last post of last year (lots of last’s!) was about getting ready for the new year – this year. One of the things I wrote about was GOALS. SMART goals to be exact. I recently read this great post by Gary Vaynerchuk, entitled “4 Steps to Realistically Attack Your Goals” on Success.com.
I’d like to go over his 4 points with my own spin on them, as I see them from my point of view – whether it’s industry related or being an entrepreneur and a mom.
Gary begins: “Here are the four steps I would recommend to anyone who wants to start auditing themselves to realistically attack their goals—steps that will allow you to focus your time and energy into the best outlets that ladder you up to what you want in life:”
1. Become more self-aware.
Really, this needs to be #1 because I don’t believe you can do the other steps without this one. Over this past year I have done a lot of learning about myself – who I am, why I do what I do, what I want… and it’s been extremely helpful to me in figuring out what my true goals are. Some of it surprised me, but when I really thought about it, I wasn’t really surprised, I’d just been lying to myself for a long time.
I love Gary’s suggestion to take the people who are important to you, who know you so well, and ask them what you’re good at – and not good at. They’ll probably tell you what you already know. It’s your decision to listen.
2. Play to your strengths
Hopefully you now have a good list of what your strengths are. How can these strengths benefit you and your business?
One of my strengths is finding solutions. No matter what it is – whether the coffee maker is broken or a plugin is no longer working the way it used to – I will find the solution to the problem. This is not only a great strength when I’m in desperate need of coffee 😉 but also a great way to help my clients.
3. Respect your weaknesses.
Ok, so we can’t do everything – and that’s ok! This may be a strange one, but I am really horrible about mailing things! Cards, bills, whatever, for some reason they just don’t get mailed on time – ever! I actually filled out cards a month early, thinking that would work – and still mailed a birthday card the day AFTER his birthday! So I’ve come to grips with this. I pay bills online, send invoices online, and am seriously considering a card service – or maybe I’ll just hire my daughter to be my “mailing assistant”. 🙂
What are your weaknesses? You mean to blog, but 8 months later still have nothing written? HIRE someone! There are a lot of great writers out there who will “get you” and the job will get done! Maybe you don’t understand – and don’t want to understand – MailChimp or whatever service you signed up for to send emails. You don’t need to do this! There are actually people who enjoy working with MailChimp or AWeber – or even Infusionsoft – and are really good at it!The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. - Abraham LincolnClick To Tweet
YOU need to go back up to #2 and work with your strengths. THAT is how you will succeed. THAT is how you will get things done!
That is what Gary’s #4 is – Stay in your lane.
I can – and have – worn many hats – in both my personal and business life. I have found that I am the happiest, most focused and successful when I stay in my lane. I can troubleshoot, code, come up with creative solutions, and teach. I have aligned myself with others who fill in my gaps – whether it’s a weakness of mine, something I dislike doing, or just something that’s truly not in my lane. I like my lane. It’s my happy place. Where’s yours?
If you need some help identifying your strengths and weaknesses or finding someone to fill in YOUR gaps – give me a call. If I don’t do it or don’t know someone who does, I’ll help you find someone – that is my strength, after all, problem-solving!
I’d love to hear from you in the comments – how do you stay in your lane – or do you?