I typically try and do a year-end recap or look back. But I’ve been struggling with putting my reflections out there this year. On paper, it doesn’t look like I did anything awesome. On paper, I didn’t meet most of my goals. On paper, the year was… ok.
Lucky for me, what the world looks like on paper, doesn’t tell the whole story.
I didn’t launch any new products or write any new books.
I didn’t earn a huge amount of passive income meeting a stretch goal I set in January.
I didn’t get to travel extensively, or even a little really.
I didn’t make much progress in the exercise arena either.
But that’s on paper.
While I didn’t write any new books or create any new courses, I was a part of several successful book and course launches. I helped people that inspire and amaze me, reach new audiences, present their ideas in a new way, and earn more income.
While my passive income wasn’t as extensive as all of the “promises” others seem to make online, I did earn passive income from my books and one affiliate link. It’s not much, but it covered a few bills – so that’s something.
While I didn’t get to travel the world, or hey – even the U.S., I did get to live in the most amazing place. I finally found my soul city – the place where I actually want to settle down in… well, perhaps just spend more time in.
While I didn’t exercise much, I still kept at it. Who am I kidding – this one is true. 🙂
On paper, 2013 doesn’t read as special or significant. The story of the year can’t be told without some additional notes in the margin.
I did a live video interview – something that terrifies me, but not nearly as much as it used to.
I earned an income. Not millions, not by a long-shot. But my business was in the green – as we approach 1.5 years since starting.
I delivered a huge keynote to an audience way outside my “typical” attendees – it was awesome, fun and exhilarating.
My feelings were hurt after said keynote, when one person commented on how annoying my voice is. Something that I have always been self-conscious about, making the launch of a podcast so significant. And yes, I’m still sad about the comment – a month later.
I moved from mentee to mentor for some of the same people who helped me get my start.
I officially became a business and have a few trademarks under my belt too. (I’m still not sure if that is awesome or an annoyance).
I learned difficult lessons – how to fire a client, how to ask for what you need from a coach, how not to scale, what being a business owner is, how to stay on a work-day schedule, direct/overt is better than clever, and how to keep pushing past scary.
I learned awesome lessons too – asking doesn’t end the world and doesn’t have to be sleazy, people want to help you, I’d rather be a profitable business than internet famous, I’m good at what I do – even if writing that makes me reallllllly uncomfortable, you can’t plan everything – but you should plan, and that I’m on the right track.
2012 I chose the word Persistence to represent the year. I am not sure what word I would use to represent 2013.
“Better than on paper” feels like I’m cheating – it’s not one word and doesn’t say much about the year. Perhaps Growth or Rollercoaster would work better? The year was certainly both of those things.