I can't believe that I have waited so long to write this post, but I guess it's better late than never, right?
At the beginning of the year, I saw a lot of posts where the writer had selected a word for the year. I liked the idea and did some serious thinking and selected my word to be: Grow. I have a fear of stepping out of the comfort zone. I am also very shy. In order to stay focused, I pinned a lot to this board. These photos became a rotating desktop that I looked at every single day. I even changed passwords to keep me motivated.
I wanted to grow as a person, grow my business, and grow my skills. Now that it is over eight months into the year, I think I have made progress. I've taken classes to improve my skills and have read a lot to grow my knowledge on certain topics. One topic that interests me is how the workplace is with so many different generations working at the same time. I am also interested on professional development and I have made improvements there as well.
My business has done better in the last eight months than has in the last 6 years. It's incredible how much of a difference a new environment can make. I started meeting with a new director every week and the atmosphere and personalities are much better suited for me. I have been working on overcoming my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone a lot. I've made progress on working full circle, and I have set some big goals for my business by the end of the year. This business that I treated as a hobby for so long is going to become a striving business.
To grow as a person is a little more difficult, but not impossible. I made a conscious effort to stop and think before speaking what's exactly on my mind. I have also been working on overcoming my shyness and putting myself out there just a little bit more. I can do so much better with this one, but I've made progress and I am proud of that. I take the time to remember the Golden Rule and treat others like I would want to be treated. Also, I have been taking time to journal and write all of my thoughts down. I don't always remember to do this every night, but I've written more in the past year than I have in a very long time.
It takes time to grow anything. It also takes a lot of work. However, I am very happy to report that I have made progress and I look forward to continuing to grow and improve.