Be true to yourself: Honesty is better than fluff, so here’s my year-end sermon.
Be true to yourself, you deserve the best and owe no explanation for exacting it.
If you don’t receive what’s yours, including compensation owed for excellent value, or respect for your irredeemable time, don’t shirk your duty. Be up front next time or, if you can afford to give credit, get the payment schedule in writing.
Fire those from your life who can’t, won’t, or just don’t get it. It’s how you make room for those who will honor you, your time and what you offer. Then move on; it’s just one of life’s impersonal lessons on how to vet people before you let them inside your circle.
This is the main secret of my success as an entrepreneur during this amazing past decade or more. This philosophy, with a few tweaks, has served to support my personal happiness, too. It can be your philosophy, if it isn’t already.
In brief, your new year–and you–will be lighter when you resolve to treat yourself first as you would want others to treat you. (Putting a light yet still positive turn on the dial of the Golden Key.) I support you in making this shift, or in making whatever works for you even better.
Mentor’s Tip: Whatever time of year you celebrate the turning of the calendar, plan in chunks. Create a 3-month plan. Also called the 13-week plan. Or quarter plan. It’s easier to manage, less overwhelming than a year plan. A year’s goal can encompass your 4 quarter plan goals. You can create notes about what might be better to carry over to the next quarter. In other words, quarter planning is easiest when you are flexible and realistic. Yet definite and specific. Following this type of planning may hold the the key to living with purpose.