You’ve done it. You’ve made it to the last month of 2017 and you’re still pushing forward with your goals. Your days haven’t slowed down. You dare not have holiday brain. You’re an entrepreneur and you don’t have the luxury of disconnecting and checking out just because the Christmas lights are sparkling and the eggnog is flowing. You’ve got goals to meet and hustling to do. You’re so proud of yourself. You are handling your business.
At the end of the year, business professionals and entrepreneurs hear the same mantra: FINISH STRONG. You even tell yourself, “I’m going to finish strong and get it done”. As a matter of fact, I heard myself say these very words the other day. “Shennice, you’ve got to finish strong”. I tell my Granddaughter all the time; the words you speak have power. I contemplated my words. What does it mean to finish strong? I tell myself the same thing every year and end up with the same result; tired, frustrated and needing a vacation. Yes, all the items are checked off of my list but my peace of mind is shot! I looked in the mirror and said, “OK, Finishing strong the way you’ve been doing it. How is that working out for you?” You know repeating a process and expecting a different result is insanity. Well I don’t want to go insane another year. This year I’m going to use the last days of 2017 imitating Whitley Gilbert in A Different World: Relax, Relate, and Release.
Relax- I am not going to totally go on vacation but I will be more social this holiday season. As a The Ultimate Mompreneur, during the holidays I’m working every weekend and stressed. I don’t take the time to enjoy the reason for the season because I am so focused on business and finishing strong. While family and friends are being festive, I’m standing on my feet for 14 hours catering a dinner party. It’s not that I don’t need or want the money but I have to ask myself “will this one job make or break me”? or “Is this job worth me not sharing my son’s first time ice-skating”? This year I’m gong to be more strategic with my clients. Instead of taking every job that can fit on the calendar, I’m first filling my calendar with important family dates then working in my business. Family comes first.
Relate: What is the relationship between my efforts and obtaining my goal? Am I excreting too much energy? Am I doing to little? I’ve got to reflect on my actions based on the return. I’m asking myself the hard questions. Was it worth it? What did I sacrifice? What can I do better? Did it go along with my mission and purpose? How do these actions relate to my purpose? Now I can’t ask the questions without implementing solution. Well cover that later.
Release- I am going to release failure – negatively. I set my own bar. I am only in competition with myself. I am releasing FOMO (the fear of missing out!) I am where I am supposed to be at my appointed time. I will release all those behaviors that are keeping me from being purposeful and living abundantly. Likewise, I release positive energy and authenticity so I can attract the same. It’s time to let go of things I cannot control. I freely give my business and life fully into God’s hands.
Finishing strong isn’t only about closing the million-dollar deal. It’s also about taking some time to celebrate your successes and learn from your failures. Finishing strong means you have grown into your spiritual and business maturity. And to know if you are finishing strong you must do some self-reflection. I’ve accomplished a lot in my business and in my personal life in 2017. I’ve also had a quite a few failures. With it all, I’ve learned that if you live abundantly and fully, then you a will be better equipped to truly appreciate your authentic self. And that is FINISHING STRONG!