Last week, I wrote about small moves you can take to plan for 2017. I hope you get to read it. This week, I’m just put some free-thought in response to what I wrote.
Well, I took this week to publish on the Pulse. I do that sometimes for my small business owners and community leaders. [Find my other writings from 2016 there 🙂 ]
So here we go:
Building off of 2016
2016 was a tough year.
Firstly, America’s existential crisis, was definitely a point of concern. I do hope we can find unity again.
Personally, this year I stepped up my presentation as a leader. As an INTP, I am super comfortable hiding behind my work. Look at the good work I do and let’s move forward to do more. As an employee or an assistant that makes me ideal, but as a leader of a budding non-profit, it is completely ineffective.
A leader listens to their community and responds in-kind. While I was always strong at the listening part, this year I really boosted the response part. They asked for more presence I created a monthly newsletter; more engagement – we added meeting activities and in-between events; more communication – we revamped our meetings, developed workshops, and gave even more details reports! All of this I would have never found the energy to do, if it wasn’t for their need.
A leader listens to their community and responds in-kind.
Yet, learning the balance between being present as a leader and finding energy as an introvert, was no simple feat. I learned to say no to wasteful-time sinks, yet so no to work during my agreed-upon free time. I listened to my body and gave it rest when required, and I never over-loaded my day, making sure to be aware of my meeting availability over the course of a month.
In 2017, I hope to be more present in the world of higher education. While, I love writing to help us all find our personal success, and running local and online economic empowerment initiatives, my true passion is higher education. Shifting how we draw out the success of adults from a systemic level will truly help achieve my vision of showing the world the trillion-dollar value of education. I hope to find time to meet with people during my professional career at the university, and eventually present myself on a person that likes to build communities that form a culture around the love of self-development.
That long conversation…
When I meditated on my self and my higher purpose, I found that I finally feel as if I shifted into the groove of being passionate about what I produce. Now it’s a matter of producing consistently and intelligently.
So, I want to be even more efficient with my time in 2017 and to find ways more meaningful ways to connect with the people I care about more often.
Strive for More…
My greatest dream for 2017 is to grow Limitless Ambition’s (the non-profit) and Empower NOW’s (the network) community and to find better ways to serve their success.
On the blog, I hope to hone in and help you take meaningful moves to build your authentic success.
My fantasy is to head to an international beach for a week, something blue and sandy.
To review, serving others, is going to be a key focus for 2017. I will shift from putting the work first to putting the heart first and instilling it into my intents and actions. Should be an interesting shift for a get-it-done girl like me.
- Call at least one friend and one family member per week.
- Provide high-quality help to least two small businesses a quarter.
- Give away highly valuable resources that I know others would find help on a weekly or monthly basis.
- Offer one highly-useful workshop, webinar, or tool per month to help people grow the authentic [small business/nonprofit] success.
- Set a budget for a beach trip and save 🙂
- Have lunch with one new or familiar colleague at least twice a month.
So there’s the quick personal plan for 2017. What are some action steps you want to take during the next year? Comment below!