Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:
“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. But you can decide how you’re going to live now.” –- Joan Baez
I Acknowledge You for What You Did in 2008
Hello Fabulous Women!
Happy New Year to all of you! There is no other time of year when it feels quite so appropriate to stop and take stock of ourselves and our lives. So rather than bucking the trend, I’m going to urge you to do just that, and I just want to make sure you include one key ingredient in your review of the past year, and that is this:
Acknowledgement is one of the most important, fulfilling, motivating, healing and inspiring facets of human existence, yet it is so often overlooked and put off for another time. I want to urge each and every one of you to ask yourself these two questions about the past year:
Who made a difference for you this year, and how could you acknowledge them for that?
Who could you acknowledge for the difference they made in your life this year? Let’s face it, this was one heck of a year, and none of us made it through it on our own. I encourage you to take the time to make a list of at least ten people you would like to acknowledge, and then go ahead and acknowledge them, let them know how much you appreciate them and the difference they make.
Here’s my list:
1) My husband Michael for being extraordinary and loving and totally committed to creating an amazing life for our family
2) Each and every one of my coaching clients for giving me the profound privilege of making a difference in their lives and allowing me to do what I love most and get paid for it
3) All of you who allow me to reach out and make a difference through my blog – thank you all!
4) My two daughters for inspiring me to be my best every day, and for helping me not take myself too seriously
5) My book club ladies for their company, understanding and many belly laughs
6) My website company for excellent service all year long
7) Friends who have kept calling me and made sure we got together despite my crazy schedule
8) My attorney for being a great guy and doing a great job for us
9) Our Thursday night group of friends for all of their love and support and their commitment to me and my family – you all rock!
10) My husband (again), because I really couldn’t have gotten through this year without him
And now for question number 2:
What would you like to be acknowledged for having accomplished in 2008?
It may be something you did, something you said, or just who you were for others. You might want to be acknowledged for being a great friend, a supportive co-worker or boss, a caring parent or child. It might be a specific accomplishment or goal, or it might just be that your positive attitude impacted the people around you all year long, day in and day out.
If you can’t think of at least ten things that you want to be acknowledged for, I respectfully suggest that you are either being too modest, or you aren’t even trying, or you are telling yourself that acknowledgement doesn’t matter to you, which would make you the only human being who’s ever been born who doesn’t need to be acknowledged, which doesn’t seem too likely to me! 😉
Here are ten for me. I would like to be acknowledged for:
1) Being a great coach and helping my clients move forward powerfully in their lives and businesses
2) Finding new marketing solutions for my business when the bottom fell out of my previous marketing plan
3) Pulling off a great Christmas for my daughters this year, despite what felt like “no time and no money” to work with (they rated it the second best Christmas ever, second only to the time they got a real puppy under the tree, and let’s face it, I’m never going to top that one!)
4) Keeping my house in some semblance of order despite the demands of my job and business
5) Being a great mom
6) Being more in touch with friends who live far away than I was last year
7) Doing the daily work it takes to be a great wife and partner, and being able to honestly say that my marriage is stronger and better than ever
8) Losing about 15 pounds healthily – fitting into some of my old clothes!
9) Writing relevant and helpful blogs for all of you on a pretty regular basis (not as regular as planned!), even when I didn’t feel like it
10) Being a great friend
One of the best ways to get yourself centered and empowered and ready for great things in 2009 is to take this time to acknowledge yourself and others for what mattered the most in 2008, so go for it! And I wish each one of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year!
On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach