Something to Look Forward to!
Did you ever notice that life is more exciting if you have something you are looking forward to? I certainly believe that to be true! When I have a vacation or a visit with a friend coming up, I tend to look at the calendar a lot, counting the days and making my plan to fit everything in that needs to be done surrounding the event. There is a positive buzz and even if other things aren’t going great, I have “Something to look forward to!”
I have a dear friend who moved away a few years ago. I miss her terribly. However, if I know specifically when I will get to visit with her again, face to face, it seems to make it better. I have a more positive outlook and I know the end date (or goal), so I don’t seem to harp on how much I miss her, but instead on when I next get to be in her space.
Sometimes it’s not a BIG event. It might be something smaller like lunch or coffee with a friend. Today I had a FULL schedule of work to do. Some was exciting, some not so much! However, I planned ahead and sprinkled in lunch with a friend to break up the day. So this morning when things weren’t going my way, I simply remembered I’d have a break soon and be able to catch up, chat and laugh with my friend over a yummy meal at one of our favorite meeting places. I came back to my office feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of my to-do list!
The same is true in your business. When you have nothing to look forward to it gets pretty dull and mundane! BUT … When you are diligently working toward a fantastic goal or event, “work” is exciting and invigorating! When work is exciting and invigorating you draw people to you and your business!
The best thing about it… YOU get to control what you get to look forward to in your business. It could be a presentation you have coming up, it could be a HUGE opportunity you are looking for, it could be writing your first book, it could be acquiring that next amazing client. It’s all up to you!
I have a vision board on the “back splash” of my desk. This vision board has specific goals in pictures of things I want to achieve or have. When I find myself getting in a rut I take a good hard look at the vision board. I choose something to work for… to look forward to! I set a SMART goal around it (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Sensitive). Once I set the goal, I make a plan on how I plan to reach it. Because after all, a goal without a plan is just a wish! And voila! I now have something to look forward to! I can then make smaller goal posters or notes to remind me what I am working toward. AND, when I meet with people to network my excitement will ooze out of me and get them excited too!
What are you looking forward to? If you don’t know… go find something!