New year, new goals.
It's 2 weeks into 2019 now and I've been thinking about my goals and resolutions... a lot. My company is really big on goal-setting (which I love!) but always has me thinking about what's next. I did a personality assessment at the end of last year, right before I was promoted, and learned a lot about myself. Then, about a week ago, I went through the assessment with my Account Manager and came to one really big (and kind of obvious when I put it in print) realization: I don't work towards goals that I don't set on my own.
I know... it sounds really obvious when I write it down and read it back to myself. Duh - if you didn't set a goal, why would you want to reach it? How and why would you put passion into working towards it. But; in sales, it's really easy to get a number or a goal that you're "supposed to be working towards" and milestones that you "should hit" in a certain time frame, that just might not apply to you.
So, long story short, I've taken this lesson into serious consideration when setting my own personal goals for 2019. I've been hearing this a lot, so I'm sure you have too, but I'm not setting a 'resolution' this year. I'm setting goals. Big and small, short term and long term, and holding myself accountable to daily actions that will turn into habits that will help me in my greater purpose (thank you @barretotable for the advice!)
I wanted to write down my goals early this year so that I could reflect come 2020 and really see how far I've come. I know this is going to be a huge year of change for me, as most years in your mid-late 20's seem to be), and since I'm *trying* to put myself out there more, I'm asking you to hold me accountable, too! If you have some of the same goals, share them with me and let's get through this year together!
I'll start big and work my way down -
2019 is going to be my year of gratitude. I want to start thanking people more, showing gratitude to people who have helped me in anyway, and paying it forward. I feel like after I've reflected on all of my accomplishments in 2018 it was really amazing how many things I couldn't have done without my support system, networking, and the community in general. So I really want that to be my 2019 'word'/mantra, if you will. I have something (that I think) is pretty cool in the works to show a small token of my gratitude once a month, so stay tuned for more on that ;)
My second biggest goal/ long term thought that I want to keep going through all of 2019 is consistent learning. There are a few things that go along with that:
Reading/listening to audio books more
Learning Adobe CC (how have I not done this already?! not sure...)
Learning the ins and outs of Procreate
Learning to watercolor/ watercolor on Procreate
Learning to practice my lettering with more technique (not just faux-calligraphy)
Third theme/goal would be to increase my digital footprint. This does have some overlap with consistent learning, but I definitely think carrying over my branding is an on-going goal from late 2018, so I think deserves mention.
Holding myself accountable to at least one blog post a month
Getting the e-com section of my website up and running!
Adding new features to the website (i.e. Instagram feed and a reviews section)
Planning content better/smarter - open to suggestions here! ;) I'm thinking about looking into a social media planning calendar and/or doing more challenges?
Biggest goal for this year: Double my following on Instagram!!!!!!! omg help....
I just put that all into the universe and on the Internet, so I guess it's forever now.
And finally, I really want to make sure I'm sticking to my worth. I have made a lot of mistakes in my first year 'officially' as an open shop - under charging people for materials and my time, not prioritizing things correctly, giving things away that I shouldn't, etc. the list goes on... and hindsight really is 20/20.
I've had soooooo much fun this year, but have also been really hard on myself and still have a lot to learn, so I'm hoping that with your help things can only continue to get better.
As always, thanks for reading and please feel free to drop comments and feedback/suggestions below - I'm always open!