Over the next few weeks, I wanted to spend some time looking over what I’ve accomplished and looking forward into what I’d like to accomplish in 2013. I invite you to join me on my journey and I encourage you to do the same.

What Was My Biggest Challenge?

As I look back over 2012, I’d have to say that my biggest challenge was getting in my own way (something I see my clients struggle with as well).  I decided to have so many things on my plate this year, that I rarely seemed to get around to finishing anything like I had hoped.  And I let each of these obligations take the blame for not working on or with the many other obligations.

Sadly, it took me nearly the entire year to recognize that this has been going on.  I shudder to think at all I could have gotten done if I had gotten out of my own damn way.

But then I remember that I’m exactly where I should be and there are no mistakes.  

I experienced what I experienced (or more to the point…didn’t experience) for a reason.  Things got done or didn’t get done for a reason.  I might not know what that reason is today.  Or even tomorrow.  But I have to trust that I’m exactly where I need to be.

And that it might not be such a bad idea to get out of my own damn way.

What Was My Biggest Win?

My biggest win this year was something that one of my  Mastermind gals pointed out to me.

This year I have gotten a lot more comfortable with my own voice.  Not just in talking about who I am and what I do (and who my ideal client is).  But with saying what needs to be said.  And saying it in a compassionate way where people feel validated and not offended, dominated or put upon.

This is such a big win for me for a couple of reasons…

1) I’m not really a fan of confrontation and will pretty much do anything I can to avoid it at all costs.

2) With the help of my mastermind group, I’ve been quite focused on where I want to go with my business.  And I’ve realized that in order to reach the people I need to reach…those that need to find me and work with me…I need to be comfortable with who I am, what I do and how I can help.

I need to own my voice.  And I need to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

And every opportunity to speak clearly and truthfully, from a place of love and compassion (and trust me, there have been many, many opportunities for this this year), has been a step closer to becoming that person that I see myself as.

Next Thursday, I’ll be sharing another Looking Back | Looking Forward journalling exercise.  I encourage you to set some time aside this week (and each week), to ponder, journal or create in response to these questions so that you can help create the business (or the life) that you envision for 2013.

Feel free to share this opportunity or to leave your comments or thoughts below.