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Choosing a word of the year has become relatively common, with people choosing a moniker and a theme and living it throughout the year. The word is essentially a filter for all decisions; it helps guide the tone and feel for the year. This year, my word is refresh.
What Does ‘Refresh’ Mean to Me?
First off, don’t bother to pick up the dictionary to get that definition. I’m digging into the web world for this one. You know when you refresh a page to get the most updated information? That’s what I mean by ‘refresh.’ It’s the new and improved version. It’s 2.0. It’s bigger and it’s better.
2017 was filled with Big Magic and building a foundation. I have a blog that has accumulated more than 21,000 views. I have two direct sales businesses; both with thriving teams. Private coaching has led to a more healthy mindset than ever before. All I need to do in 2018 is tweak some things, hit the “refresh” button, and sit back and see the magic. That is why I chose ‘refresh’ to be my word of 2018. But how does this play out?
How Refresh Affects My Personal Life
One of the things that I realized when looking back over the past year was that I did not take enough time away from my business to spend time with my family. I get home from work, go downstairs, and begin working, and worked for hours. Working is great, but my business must serve my “why.” If it does not give me time to spend with my family, it’s time to evaluate my expectations with my business and how it impacts our relationships.
Refresh means that I need to redefine how this looks and make my business work for me. Refreshing means that I spend time with my husband; pushing our relationship to be better and better. It also means that I take time for me; exercise and diet will also be focus points.
How Refresh Affects My Business
Taking time to refresh my business means that I approach it differently. I need to take time to step back, redefine strategies, and tackle it anew. What I have done is not sustainable (see my post about working full time and selling LuLaRoe) in the past, and I need to reevaluate my personal strategies. Choosing to take at least a night off per week has helped.
The biggest thing that is necessary is that I run my business; not that it runs me. I am the keeper of my boundaries; and I am the one who defines how I will be working. I choose in 2018 to work smarter and more strategically, not harder and harder every day. Scheduling will be my new best friend.
What is your word of the year for 2018? How does it impact your business? Need inspiration on choosing a word? Check out my post about new year’s resolutions to make for your direct sales company.