Now that we’re a few months into the new year, I often like to think back on my goals and see if I’ve made progress. Some years, looking back felt painful as I discovered I hadn’t traveled far in my entrepreneurial journey. Other years and months, I rejoiced at having journeyed a foot or a mile down the road toward the end result: my final goals.
How are you feeling about your progress so far?
Here are a few things to keep in mind when contemplating your progress.
Keep moving forward.
Whether you look back and see much of your goals accomplished, or you find you haven’t gone as far as you would like, remember to keep moving forward.
Luke 9:62 tells us: “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” A forward-thinking mindset is the only way to succeed in business and in life.
Whether you’ve achieved your goals these past few months or not, you have so much more ground to cover, so keep it moving! You can do this.
Give yourself wiggle room.
We mompreneurs need a lot of wiggle room.
I’ll be the first to admit that my entrepreneurial journey doesn’t look anything like I expected when I first started out years ago. I have definitely uncovered some surprising territory along this route just in the past few months. Life happens and when you have a family you just have to give yourself the room to live.
For example, in our family, I try to give my kids plenty of free time to explore their interests (we homeschool an older child and teen currently). What this means for us is that we are busy with an overwhelming amount of extracurricular activities and enrichment classes. Because we’re on the road a lot, I have to take work with me – packing up my laptop and camera on the go and preparing to make the local coffee shops my office for the day.
This makes my official “office time” feel topsy-turvey and unpredictable since I never know where I’ll spend the majority of my time. Plus, with my military husband being deployed or away on business trips, life can get pretty hectic – especially when we have the awesome opportunity to tag along (with little notice) to accompany him on 1 or 2-week trips.
What this means is that I have to give myself grace, or wiggle room, to not get it all done every day. Sometimes my own short-term goals get pushed out for days or weeks before I can check them off as accomplished.
Live video and conference calling may or may not work for me, depending on my location. My podcasting has to wait until a day when I am finally at home at my studio. Coaching calls have to wait until I can settle into a somewhat “normal” routine.
Every day is different for me, and I have to treat each day with respect, honoring the work I am able to achieve, and letting go what I don’t get done.
Moral of my story: take a deep breath – it’s okay. Give yourself the wiggle room to wake up and start again tomorrow.
Never give up.
Lastly, never give up on your dreams and ambitions. You may feel like you’re unable to get it all done, and that’s okay. We’ve all been there. Every mompreneur I know goes through this exact feeling: the feeling of overwhelm and inability to accomplish it all.
However, I want to encourage you not to allow your overwhelm to overshadow your dreams. Hold on to your dreams and don’t let them go. Keep plucking away, one day at a time, accomplishing your tasks until you reach the finish line.
I hope this has encouraged you to keep moving forward, give yourself wiggle room, and never give up on your dreams!