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Okay, let me start off this blog by saying my year has not been bad. Actually, I'm so grateful for this year. Yes, globally, 2020 has been a horrible year, but relative to a lot of people out there, I think I've had a pretty good year. I wanted to share seven reasons why I'm grateful for 2020, because I honestly want to leave this year on a good note and I think it's going to be one of those years that I always will look back on with gratitude, because so many good things came out of it. Even though they might've felt horrible at the time, so many great things came out of it.
So, firstly, the first thing that I'm grateful for was scaling so quickly, because that also scaled the bad things, which was horrible at the time. It had me in a little overwhelmed puddle. But it also showed me what needed fixing inside my business and inside my brain, because a lot of the struggles that I had this year were actually mindset related. A lot of people don't tell you this, that when your business grows really quickly, the hardest part isn't deciding what you're going to do with all of the money that's now in your bank account. It's actually deciding, what the heck you're going to do with that voice in your head that's telling you, “If it grew this quickly, it can go away this quickly. What else is going to happen?” And then, I started getting trolls for the first time this year, which is something I've never had to deal with before. I started getting negative feedback from people who actually didn't have anything to do with my business.
So it was a really tough year from that perspective, but now I've learned so much from that quick growth that I can actually start to be a lot more intentional in how I build my business going forward.
The second reason why I'm grateful 2020 happened is that I got to spend a lot of time on my own, because I do live on my own. And that meant that I got to know myself really well, which is funny because I always thought I knew myself really well, but I actually got to know myself a whole lot better. I realized that I actually am quite a hermit. I realized I didn't actually enjoy going out that much, and a lot of the time when I said yes to plans, I was doing it because I felt like I had to. And then I was wondering why I was just so exhausted all the time. So now I'm a lot more selective about which plans I say yes to, I'm a lot more selective about which friends I spend time with, and generally if I'm not feeling excited about doing something, I don't do it.
So that was a really good positive to come out of this year.
The third reason why I'm grateful 2020 happened is that it forced me to work on my mindset, because I did spend a lot of this year paralyzed by the fear of it all going away and I finally started to get out of my own way. I realized that the biggest thing holding me back wasn't anything external to me. It was just purely me. I was my own worst enemy and I was the person self-sabotaging, or still am the person self-sabotaging, my success, my business, everything in my life. So having that wake up call was what made me think, “Okay, I need to start working with a coach. I need to start really getting intentional about working on my mindset, because that's going to be my biggest obstacle going forward.
2020 pushed me out of my comfort zone and it forced me into playing a bigger game. It forced me into investing in a high ticket coach, putting myself out there more, finally pressing go on the launch of Launch Magic, which is something I've been sitting on for over a year and I'd just been really afraid. So I think had this year not played out the way that it did, I think I would still be sitting in my little paddling pool, nice and comfortable, not really wanting to wade into the deep end and into that scary unknown that comes with scaling a business, that comes with playing a bigger game, that comes with putting yourself out there so much. And as a result of all of these things, of tiptoeing out of my comfort zone, of being comfortable with the fear, I have personally become so much more confident in myself. I know that when things go wrong, I've got this. I know that if somebody says something nasty about me, I can deal with it. I know that I can trust myself to just have things sorted.
I have so much more confidence in myself and I feel like that's really shifted the way that I can show up for you guys, because I trust myself to show up for you guys in the best way possible.
It really made me reevaluate my vision, my vision for my business, my vision for my life, my future, everything. For so long I've always said, “I just want a cruisey lifestyle business.” My five year goal was $1 million, and I hit that this year, two years early. So I realized right now I have a cruisey lifestyle business, and I'm actually a little bit bored. So I realized I've been upper limiting myself with this idea of this cruisey lifestyle business when in reality, actually, maybe I do want to build an empire. Maybe I do want to write 10 or 20 or 50 books. Maybe not 50 books, let's be honest. Maybe not even 20. But maybe I want to write books. Maybe I want to have this empire. Maybe I want to have multiple businesses. Maybe I don't just want this one cruisey little lifestyle business. And that really shifted everything.
That was one of the catalysts for stepping into a bigger game actually, was realizing that I have been playing it small. I've been self-sabotaging myself to fit this mold of what I thought I wanted, this cruisey lifestyle business.
I finally started writing my book. I've been talking about it for years. I've been thinking, “I want to write a book. I just don't know what I want to write my book about.” And in the middle of May, when we'd just come out of lockdown and I was in a bit of a “meh” mindset, I was a bit stuck, I actually had a great idea for this book. And then I sat on the idea for a few months. And then I think it was in about August, I was going through a bit of a rough patch and I started writing and I started writing, and writing this book actually really helped me get through what was quite a tough time. And I'm so grateful for it.
And I'm so grateful that 2020 forced me into writing this book, because it's the process. I'm really enjoying the process of writing it. I'm not in a rush to publish it. I've been very open about the fact that I don't really want to self-publish it. I would rather go down the traditional publishing route and I want to do a whole book tour. I don't want to launch it while we're still stuck in Australia and while I can't travel and do a book tour. I really want to do a book tour. That for me would be the fun part. I don't care if I don't make a single dollar out of the book. I just want to be able to get out there and reach new people and speak on new stages and get to travel a little bit as well. For me, the book's not a money-making exercise. It's about getting my idea and my vision in front of new people who I wouldn't otherwise potentially reach.
So I'm going to be a little bit cagey about what the topic is. I haven't really talked about it yet, but basically it's the book that I wish I'd had five years ago when I started out in the business world.
2020 made me get really clear on what I value and what's important to me. Rather than what I've been told should be important. I've always said, “Oh, I value hard work.” Actually, you know what? I realized this year, I'm like, “Actually, I value just things being easy.” Yes, I work hard sometimes, but I also like to take time off. I've realized I need a lot of white space to be creative. I can't be creative if I'm working 10 hour days and just ticking off all of these tasks on my to-do list. I need the white space to be like, “Actually, you know what? Today, I feel like just going to the beach with my dog.”
I need that freedom. I need fun. If I'm not having fun in my business, my motivation takes a big dive. So it's been really interesting getting clear on the things that are important to me in my business so that I can start to design my days, my weeks, my months, my years around the things that I need. So one thing I've started doing now roughly every two or three months is booking a week away at the beach. And I delete social media off my phone. I do sometimes still do a little bit of work. At the moment, I'm about to head off on a week away at the beach, but I still obviously have to teach my Launch Magic students, because the course is running at the moment. And that's totally cool, but I'm going to do very little other work other than that.
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