Three Reasons To Plan Your 2018 Right Now
Just last week, I received emails from two different clients I love working with asking about speaking and facilitation commitments for March of next year. Within 4 hours, I’d committed one-half of next March to other people’s businesses.
Lucky for me, I’m thrilled to be part of both opportunities, yet, there was something nagging at me: Before I knew what I wanted to accomplish in my own business in March of next year, I’d committed half of it to other people.
If you've heard me talk about Luminary Hustle, you might remember that one of the tenants is to design your days. But, as I was blocking out those two weeks in March 2019 on my calendar I began to wonder:
Is it truly possible to design your days, if you don't have control over your year?
Before you answer, let's explore another angle.
Though she makes my skin crawl, Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale made a statement early in season one that has been with me since the moment I heard it:
“There are two types of freedom, dear: freedom to and freedom from.”
For weeks, I’ve been tossing this around, trying to sort it out. I love freedom, and yet, sometimes structure is where I thrive. Even though I'm a “Quick Start” on the Kolbe (I love to have an idea, activate on it, experience it and move on), that’s not really how a sustainable business works.
My clients need more than just a few days notice to make room for a new program in their lives - even one they are super, excited about! I know this deeply because I’ve got similar considerations: work obligations, a family to care for, and a budget to honor.
Would longer-term planning (i.e. plotting out my 2019 calendar now) allow me the freedom to design a year that truly lights me up while granting me the freedom from saying “yes” to expectations that don’t?
I wanted the freedom TO design my own year and the freedom FROM over committing myself.
And so, I sat down last week and planned out my entire 2019. Will some of it change? Absolutely. Do I know everything that will happen? No way. But here are three things I love about having completed my 2019 planning a little early this year.
#1 - I’ve got time to pilot in 2018.
If you’re familiar with my revenue roadmap, you know that it includes a pilot or beta of the program, service, or product you’re creating as a new revenue stream. This pilot allows you to learn more about your audience, tweak the experience, and gather feedback from your users, learners or clients. This increases your chances for a profitable launch.
When I looked at my plans, dreams, desires, and intentions for 2019 - I realized that I could increase my chances of success with new programs by piloting them this fall. And guess what? There’s still plenty of time!
What would you like to launch in 2019 that you could pilot before the end of this year? What would it take to get it done?
#2 - I’m working my way.
I’m an introvert and an extrovert. I love spending time with people, and I cherish my time alone being creative. I enjoy working really hard, and then I enjoy not turning on my computer at all for 3 days at a time. So I decided to design 2019 in sprints.
Next year, I’m hosting programs, retreats, and live, in-person events February - April, then again from August - October. I’ve designed my year into 2 three-month sprints to fit the way that I like to work, and support the revenue I’m planning to earn next year.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be around during the off months. But it does mean that I’ll have more flexibility in the summer and winter months to write a book, start a podcast, and lose myself in creative cross-training.
How do you want to work next year? What would it take to design your work or business around your life, instead of the other way around?
#3 - I’m incredibly motivated.
Seeing the programs mapped out on the calendar, imagining the impact these programs will have in other women’s lives, and knowing I have everything it takes to bring them all into reality is incredibly motivating.
I’ve got a renewed sense of purpose and the passion to show up daily between now and the end of the year, because I can see clearly what I’m working for.
I know what’s possible in the future if I show up to the work now. As the year winds down for most, I’ll be moving ahead at full speed to ensure that each and every woman in one of my pilot programs has an experience that exceeds her expectations.
What are you motivated to do this year to enter 2019 with your business dreams mapped out and your revenue potential stronger than ever?
Next month, I’m hosting a live, in-person event in Columbia, SC for women who are ready to launch a new revenue stream before the end of the year. Does that sound like you? Click here to grab your seat.