by Sophie Lippert, sophielippert.com
It’s the end of the calendar year and the beginning of a new one! For many of us, this is a time to look back at the year that’s passed, and forward at the year ahead. It’s a time for evaluating what went well and what went less well; for releasing what no longer serves us, and inviting in more of what we want. It’s a time for reflection and resolutions.
As women in business, this is a particularly exciting time. It’s a time to “zoom out” on our business, and use this vantage point both to celebrate the progress we’ve made and identify the areas where we have room for improvement. And, perhaps most exciting of all, we get to envision what we’d like to manifest and make real in our business life for the next 12 months!
There are many ways to do this type of reflection and intention-setting. A great place to start is to check in with what type of business woman you are. Do you like to approach your business from a more analytical and “brainy” space, and view progress as profits and measurable impact–be it numbers of subscribers, clients, or amount of money in the bank? Or do you think more about letting spirit and inspiration lead the way in your business, and find yourself interested in personal growth and more soulful impact–the way your business is helping you and others be more connected and in alignment?
If you are in the former category–more analytical and straightforward–you may want to use spreadsheets or worksheets that support you in quantitatively measuring your business’ success, and help you clarify your goals for the direction you’d like to take your business in 2019. In you are in the latter category–more spirit-driven and a creative thinker–you may want to use a ritual that incorporates your connection to the sacred and spiritual to help you vision for the year ahead.
No matter how your brain works, and what your relationship is to crunching numbers or talking to spirit guides, here is a suggestion for an exercise to start you on a journey of reflection on your business life in 2018, and what you’d like to call in for 2019! Many thanks to Tim Ferriss and Moxie member Laura Rowe, who both recently published newsletters that inspired this writing exercise.
- Write down the five most impactful and positive business-related events or situations for the last year. (It may be helpful to have your 2018 calendar in front of you, to page through for reference.)
- Take a moment to review the experiences in writing. Briefly describe what happened, who was involved, what emotions it evoked, and write why it was important to you.
- Use these events as indicators of what you would like more of for the next year–and start scheduling now! If there are key people involved, list them out, and make sure those people are on your calendar. If there are types of experiences (like retreats or vacations or workshops, speaking engagements, times with family or clients, etc), start booking those, too. The sooner you start to clarify what you want, the sooner it will start to become a reality!
Bonus: Do a similar exercise with the five most impactful negative business-related events or situations for the last year. Then, make a “NOT To-Do List” with these people and things that are not supportive or life-giving for you, and put this list somewhere you can see it. If this feels like a tough pill to swallow, just remember how much better you’re able to show up for your business, and the clients and customers that you love and care about, when you’re not being depleted and drained by experiences and people that make you miserable!
Happy New Year, Moxie ladies. May the year ahead usher in incredible business success–whatever that might look like for YOU (it is different for us all!). In 2019, let’s celebrate both our uniqueness and our togetherness; let’s create beautiful things both individually and collectively. Let’s be in community and be in support.
Cheers, and here’s to visioning and manifesting your dreams!
Sophie Lippert, www.sophielippert.com
Sophie is a concert pianist, piano teacher, writer, and business consultant. The thread that unites all of her work is her love for helping people connect more deeply: to themselves, to their communities, to their talents and passions, and to their work. Sophie teaches piano to kids and adults of all levels and backgrounds in a beautiful studio in downtown Portland. She also has an active concert calendar as a professional classical pianist in Portland and beyond, including a February 2019 performance with the Seattle Philharmonic at Benaroya Hall! For clips of Sophie playing piano, find her on Instagram.