The last few years I’ve proudly blogged each of my goals for the upcoming year, and it’s been really great to be able to share the journey with whoever wishes to follow. In the last few months though, and especially right around the holidays and the new year, I did a TON of soul-searching. I really looked at what worked and what didn’t work in 2012, where I wanted my business and personal life to go in 2013, and what is best for ME. I suffer badly from the comparison game, and that’s something that I really want to focus on improving this year. So to change things around and do what’s best for me, this year I’m not listing out each individual goal.
However, I do have some goal-setting tips and am going to share my over-arching goal for the year…basically what all of my little goals put together will hopefully achieve.
When it comes to goal-setting, I may be different in that I take lots and lots of time to think everything through. I don’t just sit down one evening and think about all the wonderful things I want to do the next year, throw it down on paper, and call it a day. Instead I really try to picture where I want to be a year from now, and even a few years from now, and use that as my starting point. What do I want my life to REALLY look like? While numbers and achievements are also a part of goal-setting, I start with the big picture first and then determine the smaller goals that will help me reach that big picture little by little throughout the year. I also put a lot of emphasis on my family, my physical and emotional health, my marriage, etc. because without those things, achieving success or reaching goals means nothing. To make this even more organized (hello Type A/OCD), I break my goals down into categories, because that’s just how my brain works 🙂 For 2013, I have goals under each of these categories:
– Business Foundation/”My Why” Goals: goals that build on the core of my business and why I am a photographer. These goals are key to the long-term health of my business.
– To Do Goals: random goals I have been wanting to accomplish for some time, all business related.
– Achievement Goals: long-term goals that would be awesome to accomplish this year but may be a bit of a reach at this time. These are goals that are sort of “dream” goals 🙂
– Personal Goals: These are misc. goals that I want to accomplish on a personal level this year, like finally running a 10k, and maintaining a daily gratitude notebook.
– Numbers Goals: These are financial and number related business goals.
It’s also key that these goals are specific and measurable. For example, “run more” doesn’t really get me anywhere, because how can I measure that? But “Run a 10k” makes that goal totally different. Then I need to actually follow through. For a goal like that, I should be proactive and go ahead and sign up for a 10k sometime this spring or summer that fits into my schedule. Then, make sure all of your goals are written down, and post them somewhere you will look as much as possible. My goals are printed out and hung on the cork board in my office so that I see them all the time.
Overall, my goals are centered around developing a much more balanced life this year. Being a business owner, it’s so easy to eat, sleep, and breathe your business. To be at clients beckoning call all hours of the day. To sacrifice family time to scratch one more item off that never-ending to do list. I don’t want to live like that. I want to be purposeful with my time and my business, to allow me to be more present and available for my family. This year is about setting boundaries, being organized and efficient with my time, having systems, and staying on track financially so that we can reach one of our biggest goals for the next couple of years; to re-build the main house on our farm. I want to get back to doing things for me…spending time with friends, reading, riding, shooting for me, and experiencing new things with Dustin and Landon. I don’t think years are meant to be any better or worse than the previous, but a new year is a clean slate and there’s something really refreshing about that. I am hopeful that 2013 is my year to re-gain control of my business while also allowing it to continue to grow. We shall see!
PS. For those of you interested, so much of my inspiration for finding this balance between business owner, wife, mom, etc. comes from the fabulous Emily Ley and Lara Casey. I would absolutely recommend following their blogs for weekly inspiration on finding that elusive balance many of us strive to find 🙂
This picture is from our trip last weekend to Maryland. One of my goals for 2013 is to BE in more pictures…so this is my start! 🙂