As it is New Year’s Eve, I thought it fitting to write a little about resolutions, of sorts anyway. This year I have been on a journey of discovery. It has been a long fought journey, where I have been challenged to learn things I never thought possible. This was 2014, and now that it is over, 2015 is the year everything changes. Here is a little of what I learned, hopefully you can learn from my lessons.
It Is Not About What You Have Done,
It Is About You Believe You Can Do
When I started 2014, I was endeavoring into a new skill set: selling. Now to grasp how different this is, journey back with me to when I was a mere 22 years of age, and I swore I would never do sales. “I can’t sell,” I thought. Really, I was fearful of the outcome if I failed. It is amazing what fear can do.
Over the course of the year, I have been given the opportunity to learn from, what I consider, some of the best, and to apply that learning and begin helping companies start growing their businesses. I have actually been helping companies like this for years, but this year was at the front end, developing the relationships and formulating the plans.
See, if I had stopped at what I had done in the past, I never would gotten to this point, and the businesses my team now has the pleasure of partnering with would be in the same place as when I met them, or partnering with a less qualified team.
You Need People Who Can Travel With You On The Journey
I mentioned a moment ago the people I have had the fortune to learn from this year. When you decide to head in a new direction, it is important to have people who are going to make the journey. It helps when at least one of those people have been on a similar journey in the past, and can help guide the way.
However, my mentors and teachers were not my only traveling companions. I have a wonderful family who has journeyed with me as well. Without their support and understanding of what I have had to learn and the hours needed to do so, I could not have made it this far.
Be sure to make the journey with people who will support you and help you learn.
Ultimately, You Can Choose Your Destiny
My biggest lesson this year is that it really is up to me. I had to decide to learn and to do the work needed to change paths, and now I am excited by how 2015 is going to be a much different year.
You have a decision to make as well. Whether you are reading this as someone who wants to improve things personally or as a business professional looking for how to grow your business, you have a choice. Are you going to hold on to what you think you know and to the things may have inhibited you in the past? Alternatively, are you going to let go, as tough as it might, decide it is time to make a change, and take on the next chapter of your life with gusto?
As you celebrate this evening, make the decision to make 2015 the year it all changes!