As I sit here writing this blog post, I reflect on the years when, as an employee for other companies, I had to come up with objectives for what I wanted to achieve for those companies in the next year and I dreaded it every single year. It was this long, laborious process that most of us only thought about once a year to fulfill our obligation of setting objectives and it always came about at the end of the year. Our raises were in part based on whether we accomplished our objectives from the year prior. I would labor over this process for weeks while I was baking cookies, wrapping presents, shopping for Christmas and even going to Christmas parties, all in hopes of getting a 2.5 – 3.5% raise. The “3.5% raise seldom happens” I was told. Heck, the cost of living was increasing faster than our raises were. It was a losing battle. I would get so stressed about it that I would end up getting sick between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.
When I left my last job, I went in a completely different direction as I ventured out on my own. I operated with no schedule whatsoever and for awhile. I just painted to my heart’s content. I felt like I had freedom, but I soon found out that just because I was a creative, didn’t mean that my business could do without structure.  With no structure, it becomes difficult to create a profitable business. Creating those objectives was one of those life lessons that I didn’t care for at the time, but later learned how important what I’d rather call, setting goals, is to your own business.
 
I’ve combined what I learned from studying many successful entrepreneurs and business coaches with what I learned in the corporate world in my 35+ years career, into a simplified process for (mostly) women to create a peaceful, purposeful and prosperous life with their passion. I am grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had to learn from so I can share them with you now.
 
My three part proprietary process is created to help you focus on the purpose of your business so that you can make it prosperous. The first part of my process begins with setting 10 goals for the next ten years and 10 goals for the next year. Once I have set my goals, the second part of the process is to choose my word for the next year. The word that I choose encompasses all of the goals that I set for my business. Now that I have my word, and my goals, the third part of the process is to plan out each month with my goals and my word in mind. I can break down the year by choosing a word for each month. This helps me plan out my content for each month of the year. I can do the same for each week if I wish. Everything I do in the next year points back to my word, which points back to my goals. If I get off track with the next new idea that comes my way, I first ask myself, can this be worked into the plan I have laid out for this year? Then I ask myself, does it fit with my chosen word and goals? Will this help the people that I want to serve? If so, and if I can work it in, I will do so. If not, I toss it aside. Using this process when something new comes your way that you think you need to add to your business,  will save you a lot of time and stress. 
 
Have you chosen your word for the year 2020 or for the next decade? My word for 2020 is Simplify. This word aligns with my goals for the next year and the next decade. This word brings me peace as I follow my passion and purpose. When you have peace with your passion and purpose, you can accomplish anything. When you focus, your business will prosper. As entrepreneurs, we sometimes struggle with staying the course, handling the ups and downs of being self-employed, analyzing what is working and what isn’t and letting go of what isn’t working. I have taken steps over the past year to get more organized and streamlined to work towards my goals. Simplify is a good word for me. What is your word? Does it align with your goals for the next year and the next decade?