Embrace the future

(Blog Series 10 of 10)

During this series of blogs, we’ve covered various essential topics for business owners to consider and implement for a successful 2024. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of setting goals, it’s easy to become disheartened when things don’t unfold as planned. The truth is, such frustration isn’t fair to ourselves, our teams, or the business as a whole. It’s high time we recognize the significance of celebrating milestones and successes, irrespective of their size. Giving ourselves a pat on the back for the time and effort we invest is crucial, helping us break free from the cycle of harsh self-criticism.

Reflecting on a business trip to Colombia a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a young designer whose work captivated me. Despite the geographical distance, I continued to support her by purchasing items, which she shipped to Puerto Rico. Last year, during my visit to her new store in one of Bogotá’s upscale malls, I realized the profound impact of her growth. It was a nostalgic moment, considering that our paths initially crossed during a small business showcase in a local plaza, where she displayed just a few pieces. Fast forward to today, she owns a thriving store. What caught my eye was an overshirt with a poignant message in Spanish, “Remember that once you dreamed of being where you are now.”

Wearing that shirt a couple of weeks ago, it dawned on me, I am where I once dreamed of being. However, in my relentless pursuit of future goals, I had neglected to look back and express gratitude for the achievements I’ve accumulated to date.

As a seasoned financial advisor with over 20 years of experience, I am concluding this 10-day series with a vital recommendation: shift your mindset. It’s time to break free from the relentless focus on unmet goals and redirect your attention to celebrating accomplishments. Incorporate this perspective into your daily morning routine. If you don’t have one, there’s a plethora of blogs and podcasts offering insights; choose one that resonates with you or create your own.

Remember, it’s not about failure; it’s about learning. Acknowledging even the smallest successes will enable you to reevaluate unmet goals with a fresh perspective. Celebrating achievements cultivates a positive environment that fosters creativity and resilience. When you take a moment to appreciate what you’ve accomplished, it becomes easier to tackle those lingering goals with renewed vigor and innovative ideas.

In the relentless pursuit of success, we often forget the importance of recognizing the journey we’ve traversed. The young designer’s overshirt serves as a poignant reminder that our dreams do come true, but we need to pause and appreciate the present. It’s a testament to the fact that small beginnings can evolve into something extraordinary.

So, as you navigate the challenges and opportunities of 2024, take a moment each day to celebrate your victories, no matter how insignificant they may seem. This shift in mindset can be a game-changer for your business. It’s time to break free from the self-imposed chains of unmet expectations and harsh self-criticism. Embrace a positive mindset, learn from every experience, and watch as your business flourishes in the year ahead. After all, success is not just about reaching the destination but also savoring the journey.

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