My mother has always said “a change is as good as a rest” and I have to agree with her. What better month to make a change than January, the first month of a brand new year. We have so many opportunities to shape our businesses and our lifestyle and influence those around us. Let’s make this year count! What have you always wanted to do, but just didn’t get around to? What changes are necessary, but continue to take a back seat? How can you improve your lifestyle (which in turn improves your family’s life experiences)? Most importantly, what do you realize you have to stop doing?
Every day you have a choice; choose the things that will make you a better person and professional. Laugh more, mentor more, go to lunch more, buy yourself flowers once in a while, live happy, and feel the satisfaction of creating your own happiness. Sit and reflect on what is most important to you as an owner of a small business and as an individual. Time is our most valuable commodity and how we spend every minute will create the winds of change for the better or worse. Find a quiet place and write down the 5 most important things you want to accomplish this year. There may be a lot more but 5 are a good start and not too intimidating. You can make a separate personal and business list. Here is my personal list. It’s a little ambitious, but hey I have until Dec. 31, 2014 to complete them all!
I want to swim more regularly, I love it and it relaxes me; make a quilt just like the one my Great Grandmother made that was passed down to me; spend more time with family, especially the kids; start my own little vegetable garden in my backyard; and lastly complete an acrylic and/or oil painting course.
There will always be challenges or roadblocks to distract you from your goals; we wouldn’t be human if we weren’t tempted to procrastinate or get off track. That is when we have to reel ourselves in and spend time with those who respect us and want us to succeed. Your family, friends, professional colleagues & organizations, mentors, children and community leaders are all influential to your health and happiness. Whoever makes you feel great, make an effort to be around them a lot more. Natural synergy creates momentum and as a business owner your momentum is your fuel, you need it to continue to succeed.
What or who is influencing you to excel? Pay attention to those people, focus on the positive, choose happiness every day and face challenges head on. Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it, whether it is from an NLOWE member, staff, family, etc. The choice to change to face the challenges of 2014 is before us and let’s network through NLOWE to succeed together.
Lisa Walsh, began her career in the beauty industry at the age of 18 and has worked in all areas of the industry from consulting to product development. She is now the owner of Indigena, a company specializing in manufacturing natural and organic skincare products. To learn more about Lisa and Indigena, visit them online at www.indigenaskincare.com, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.