January is typically the month where our New Years resolutions begin to either set the pattern for the year or we lose our focus and stay stuck in an old identity. I wanted to share with you the specific ways that help me stay focused and how I am recovering from a couple sabotages to my momentum from last year. I hope that in sharing this with you, it helps you stay focused on your vision this year. As I shared on my Free call last night, most of building successfully year to year is just accessing what is working and what hasn’t worked and just implementing small tweaks.
Time Blocking has always worked for me: I am pretty structured. I am in bed at 9pm every night if I can and up at 5am for prayer. I am typically finished with prayer/confessions/reading at 6:30am. I review emails and return them from 7 to 8am and also schedule tweets for the day. From 8 to 9am I am generally reviewing client work, checking into my online business teams or writing for my calls, blogs or systems.
Last year I felt distracted due to a year’s worth of dental work for my TMJ. I also found I was holding back a bit in my business due to the pain I was experiencing having all my top teeth capped.I love my new smile but it was a long year. I wanted to get back into feeling strong and confident physically so I have just started small. This year I have been walking my dogs at lunch 3x a week for 3 or 4 miles at a wog pace and this summer I will be out the door at 7am with them. They reward me for this attention by laying upside down on couch in my office all day long and barking at the squirrels to help me concentrate.
I save Monday’s for calls related to growing my business, brain storming marketing idea’s, implementation and preparing my weekly blog topics. I also do a little writing that I need to send out. I coach on Tuesday, Wednesday’s and Thursdays. Friday’s I save for coffee meetings with gate-keepers/alliances and working with my online teams which are scheduled from 11 to 1pm. Directly following that I shoot my video for the week for my teams and my list. Every 3rd Tuesday I host a tele-conference for no cost and then following that call I meet with my prayer team in order to discuss the call and help them grow in authority and prayer. I am done at 5 everday, fix dinner for the family and clean the house until 7. I then sit down with Jay and sometimes I check in on social media and get on the lap top while watching the news.
Emails: I keep all meetings on the phone and in person in my inbox until they are finished and then I delete them. Clients have their own folders and when I return their work, the copy goes into my file folder so I can look over their past growth. Once a week all emails I am saving go into my file folder for that group or team. For instance, if I am helping certain orgainizations with work, all emails related to that go into that file folder at the end of the week. I also back up my website nightly and that email goes into my site file folder in case someone hacks my site or it crashes.
Physical Fitness: I’m pretty thankful to feel great at 48 and still be able to do half-marathons for charities every year. This year will be my fifth team in training. However, I have been disappointed about my core stregnth which really sucked last year. I could not even do 3 push-ups without collapsing. I was also visiting the chiropractor frequently feeling all cranked up from my dental work. So, starting Jan. 1st I started doing 1 push up a day, 1 sit up a day and 1 squat. I am now up to 22 and can do 5 pushups without collapsing. That is progress for ME! Once the summer comes I will begin training another team for the Silver Comet Half Marathon. On my vision board this year, I committed to myself that I was going sky-diving to get over my fear of heights. I just need someone to go with me now:).
My Platform: Well, I have to tell you, after the TV commercials, media interviews and speaking I have done, I still don’t deeply enjoy speaking until my presentation is finished and I am talking with people afterwards.
It is an area that constantly challenges me,I have to constantly work at and God has confirmed to me that it is something I need to continue to do. Sigh. So, I am committing to more workshops in various cities and have been in prayer about moving into speaking for conferences.
I created a web page for my speaking, my audio’s and my booking forms to prepare for greater growth. I practice my communication skills with weekly video’s and praying with my teams. I am currently launching into podcasting to open up new audiences.
I have been very impressed with the results from the little amount of Youtube I have done this year and would encourage you to make the effort if you are a small business owner, it’s free and is a great return. I load the video’s into blogs and it brings new traffic and also drives up my site traffic. I also recently started paying for promotions on Face-book once or twice a month and have been happy with those client conversions.
Vision: I have really realized this past year that I have been playing it too safe and have not trusted God enough. This past year I believe I was afraid of getting overwhelmed due to feeling physically weak so I didn’t think big enough. I blamed kids still being at home and the truth was..I didn’t want to risk not having control when I didn’t feel strong.
God showed me this when I was having coffee with a friend. She called me out and told me I was afraid. I was like…”Now wait a minute I just came for coffee not to get called up to the plate.” So alas, here I am this year with plenty of terrifying things on my vision board that I am quasi hoping God forgets about answering:) I have also committed to looking for an assistant who I can begin to train to take some work off of me. I have learned to delegate if I want to keep growing.
My spiritual life and ministry: Wow. I always feel like I am God’s favorite due to the amount of time I receive getting corrected. Maybe that’s because I give God plenty of fodder. The more confessions I do on Apostolic prayers and being a conduit for the supernatural the more pride and reason’s I see for God to not send me but instead hire out.
Then God confirmed to me to launch a prayer team this year teaching on prayer and identity in prayer. My response?
Are you sure? Have you really thought this whole thing out? And here’s the bottom line, we launched this week and the first call was so powerful we were reduced to tears. The presence of God was like BAM on this call. So, I am believing for 48 people this year to come to know God personally. I figure it will be fun to stay paced with my age so that is how unspiritual that revelation was.
Planned Fun: As you can see Becky lives a focused life. So, I have to reward myself weekly with a little fun so I don’t get overly intense. This year, I am going to go shooting with my new Kahr I got for my birthday every other Tuesday which just happens to be “Ladies Day” at the range. No my 9mm is not pink.
I am also comitting to more game nights with friends on the weekends and getting together with friends that I haven’t seen that I miss. I am going to take time out on the weekends to just go putzing around at little shops I like. I also have a couple places on my vision board where I am taking friends with me while I speak. Last year I just didn’t take enough play time. I get so zoned at times I don’t take enough time out to play and I want to have more fun this year.
Okay, so share with me what your doing differently this year to gain most momentum in the comments below: