Every business owner goes though the process of goal setting and tracking - sometimes it's a formal, sit down and build the vision board kind of practice, sometimes it's more organic. My goal setting has often been the latter - I will zero-in on the way I want to feel in my work life, or I have a vision for what I want to see change. Early on in my self-employed life, my goal setting was very simple -- getting and maintaining clients, keeping the lights on. That was an almost singular focus for the first few years haha.... But every year has a new theme, often generated by a personal vision that starts nudging me in my day-to-day; and as my business matures, my goals feel a little more bold. One year it was making a significant bump in my rates; one year it was getting brave enough to choose who I want to work with - what would that look like for me?I envisioned it, and I created it. Another year, my goal was setting a firm two-day weekend and more strict office hours, where I would not be available for work - I know there's at least a few of you out there that understand the gravitational pull of the 7-day work week, am I right??
About three years ago, I was feeling the pinch of business unpredictability, particularly where weather is concerned; I knew I needed to balance my work outside with my horses with some work inside. I was offered a job managing a barn for an old client of mine, and that filled the need for a while. I loved the added responsibilities, different culture - I grew a lot and learned a ton.
But as the world turns, I again found myself overworked, and tired - something had to give. I loved what I was doing, but this path didn't quite fit some of my personal desires of time, flexibility and purpose. It may not come as a surprise that I enjoy being busy, and my passion for helping others can be gasoline on that fire. What I also know about myself is that for me to feel like I'm giving my best to my clients, I need time for me - the old, "put your own oxygen mask on first..." adage. I started to really see where personal and professional visions can intersect; it was time to create something different.
So I'm making some shifts in my professional life, this new adventure with Split Rail being one of them - I plan to continue to help others grow and be better -- I think we can help each other -- and I'm looking forward to making new friends along the way. I'm writing this blog to share my experiences, a little wisdom from my years in business, and I hope you will do the same. I think we have a lot we can learn from each other!
I hope to get to know YOU on this journey!
I'd love to know where your personal and professional goals and desires intersect, or compete for your time? Have you ever set a goal that scared you, and how did it turn out? I'd love to see your email, or just comment below.