Reflection & The New Year Colossal ResetJan 08, 2024
Guess what? It's the second week of a fresh year—an opportunity for a clean slate, a blank canvas, and a chance to make a significant impact.
The beginning of a new year feels a lot like hitting a colossal reset button. The past is behind us; all that matters is the present and the path ahead.
If you're anything like me, you're likely experiencing that exhilarating New Year buzz—the energy of boundless possibilities. The excitement is comparable to the feeling my kids get waking up on Christmas morning or what my husband feels when inhaling the scent of fresh leather in a new car. This sensation is invigorating, inspiring, and truly motivating.
But before we jump into a successful new year full of personal and professional growth, let's reflect on 2023—it was quite a rollercoaster.
I know I faced numerous failures but gained invaluable lessons. Lessons that will stay with me. Lessons that serve as stepping stones to growth. So, as we embark on another transformative year, I want to share four pivotal lessons from 2023. These insights propelled me to be a better mother, spouse, business owner, and leader:
1️. Prioritize personal growth for the collective.
Being your best self for your family and business starts with self-improvement. Continual self-development is the key. Short-term sacrifices are worth long-term gains, and the dividends are paid in full when you communicate your goals to improve family and business dynamics.
2️. Embrace alignment over agreement.
"Strong relationships don’t need agreement. They need alignment." - Adam Grant. My husband and I don't always see eye to eye, but we align in our core family values. My business partners and I do not agree on everything, but we align on crucial aspects that drive our businesses forward. It's not about total agreement; alignment is the secret ingredient.
3️. Confront challenges, even when it's tough.
This could be said in so many ways.
- “Do the hard thing, even when you don’t feel like it.”
- “The obstacle is the way.”
- “Do the hard things now and life will be easy, OR do the easy things now and life will be hard.”
Admittedly, this one is easier said than done and remains a daily struggle for me. Let me give you a few examples:
- Waking up early to workout is hard. Feeling uncomfortable in your body is hard. Choose your hard.
- Staying married is hard. Divorce is hard. Choose your hard.
- Implementing a budget is hard. Being broke is hard. Choose your hard.
- Being a parent is hard. Longing for a child is hard. Choose your hard.
- Being an entrepreneur is hard. So is working to build someone else’s dream.
We must realize that short cuts only serve our emotions, not our goals. I invite you today to embrace the difficulty that aligns with your life goals and watch your resilience and determination grow.
4. Abandon your comfort zone.
Change is daunting and uncomfortable, and our natural instinct is to seek comfort. However, personal growth and success lie beyond the comfort zone. Challenge yourself to step out of it this year.
People are more interested in what you SHOW vs what you KNOW. You are valuable.
It’s time to share your value and your knowledge with others.
We want more in 2024. This is YOUR year. Seize this opportunity!