New Year for a Better Me – 7 days of Review | Day Six

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts however, they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3
Read Day 4
Read Day 5

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Today, we’re going to set real and specific goals that we will work to achieving in 2017. Lisa shares that every strong fighter always has a culmination of four things: (1.) Determination, (2.) Discipline, (3.) a Timeline, and (4.) a Trainer.

It made me think about my own journey on achieving goals and making progress.

  1. Determination. It’s something I master now. A couple of years ago, I was too afraid to try anything. I had dreams but they were only dreams, I didn’t feel confident enough that I could make them happen. Focusing on myself – working on my emotions in therapy sessions, seminars, books and other sources and getting to know my core values and what really matters to me built the determination I have now.
  2. Discipline. I think this is the perfect timing to work on discipline. Of course, I already improved in this area while working on all the above, but creating the time schedule I mentioned on Day Five may be a great chance to build discipline.
  3. A Timeline. Some months ago, I realized I only saw two possible endings – success or failure – and that was a huge factor that kept me from setting specific goals until today. I was afraid of dreaming big and not being able to achieve my goals which would make me feel like a failure. And if I was dreaming small, I would still feel like a failure because I knew I could have done better. I learned that everything we do is progress. Maybe, I won’t achieve all my goals this year, but everything I’ll have done by December 31st will have brought me closer to achieving them. That’s why it’s easier for me now to set a timeline and break-up big goals into small steps throughout the year.
  4. A Trainer. I felt alone for so long. I’m used to applying lots of things I learn online or on books. It is a good way of improving however, it is a slower way for me because I need to figure things out by myself and apply and analyze and… well, I had no support. Last November, I decided to invest in a coaching program and it’s been the best investment I’ve done for my business so far. My progress has been much faster than before. Besides the coaching program, I invested in Lisa’s YBY and it also paid off. So, my intention is to keep on investing in education from now on. That’s why I decided to go back to a part-time job to make money for that.

Create goals in all 5 pillars

Create a specific goal for each of the five pillars of life: Relational, spiritual, mental, physical, and financial. The more detailed the better! 

P.S.: I wrote only the goals I have a clear idea about. I avoided writing things I want but I’m not clear about because it would make me feel confused. So, I will be adding other goals when they become clearer and relevant.

Relational

  • Take one day off every other week for self-care.*
  • Travel to the beach with my family at least three times this year.

*I’m also making some changes in my daily routine such as getting dressed and wearing make-up before work. I work from home, but working on pajamas has made me feel less feminine.

Spiritual

  • Keep doing the gypsy rituals (weekly)
  • Visit the gypsy temple every other month
  • Learn gypsy cards reading

Mental

  • Read 10 books from my current list of must-read.
  • Read CTI Book
  • Take an Illustration Course
  • Finish 100 Rejection Letters

Physical

  • Therapy Sessions focused on eating disorders
  • Follow the nutritionist’s advice

Financial

  • Pay off credit card
  • Get a part-time job for 6 months

 

And here’s day six of the review. On the last post, I’ll share a recap of January and how I made progress on my goals.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

 

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New Year for a Better Me: 7 Days of Review | Day Four

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts however, they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3

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Today, we’re going to set intentional goals for 2017. I really like how Lisa challenges us to think of what will take us out of our comfort zone. You’re gonna notice some of the questions Lisa asks are focused on the business because her book is tailor made for that but I think we can benefit more from the questions and plan our personal life, too. That’s why you’re gonna see a mix of business and personal goals and intentions. Here are my answers.

Choose a direction 2017

What would you do in 2017 if you knew you could not fail?

  • Blog consistently and find ways of making money with it
  • Start a podcast to share what I learned and what is working for me on self-growth, planning and goal-setting (and achieving, of course)
  • Become a Creative Life & Productivity Coach
  • Open Just Because Studio shop at Etsy and sell printable art and planning tools*
  • Create a planner (printable and physical offer)
  • Hire an employee living in the USA to handle shipping of physical products (or find a cheaper, faster or easier way to ship internationally)
  • Lose 27 pounds
  • Become a vegetarian
  • Save money to live abroad in 2 or 3 years.

*Etsy Shop opened.

What are some things you could be doing that you’ve been too afraid to try? How can you stretch your comfort zone?

Despite knowing I need to invest in education and services to grow my business and pivot it into what I vision, I’ve been too afraid to spend the money because I didn’t have any savings.

Last October, when Tiffany Han opened her coaching program named 100 Rejection Letters for registration I decided to take a leap of faith and trust myself and my business to provide and enrolled.

I noticed that my plans for 2017 started even before I started planning on paper. I shared on the post about my word of the year that I felt like I was ready to start fresh and choose a new word in October and I believe it was happening also in other areas. Enrolling for Tiffany’s program was a great way to stretch my comfort zone. I’ve been making good progress with my business, overcoming fears and believing in my talents and strengths.

So, I’m very focused on making the best I can with the program.

What have you been struggling with for entirely too long?

Not feeling I’m enough. I always think I’m slow, distracted, not talented, not worthy and that’s why I cannot have what I want or be who I wanna be.

My new word of the year was chosen to help me work on this.

What could you outsource, delegate, automate, and/or stop doing in 2017?

I’m going to outsource extra money going back to school to teach some groups for six months.

I’ll delegate house chores to a home cleaner as soon as I can afford to pay her. This will free me up to dedicate to what I love – my family, my business, my hobbies.

I’m going to automate… well, I’m not sure yet because I need to learn a bit more about the ways I can automate. So, I will search about automation.

Again, this happened before planning… I decided to stop selling in two shops and I’m an exclusive designer at GingerScraps since last October.

In what ways and which areas will you “upgrade” your life?

I’m going to upgrade my business following the lessons from the 100RL.

I’m going to upgrade my health by following the nutritionist recommendations.

I’m going to upgrade my confidence in my image with meditation and my word of the year plus being more careful with my body and outfits. No more working on pajamas. *grin

I’m going to upgrade our family finances by budgeting for paying off debts.

I wanna end 2017 feeling more successful as a mother, wife and creative business owner.

And here’s day four of the review. I’m very excited about sharing my goal-setting because I can review it and become more confident about the things I want while I write the posts. I’ll be posting day 5 with a new list of prompts + my answers. We’re gonna talk about time management, a topic I love so much.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

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New Year for a Better Me: 7 days of review | Day Three

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts, however they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day One Review here.
Read Day Two Review here.

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Today, the prompts are a bit different. We’re going to start shaping our goals for 2017. I really like how Lisa guides us to find clarity about what we truly want. She starts with a concept taught by James Arthur Ray in Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want. Here are my answers.

What do you wanna change in 2017?

Financial: 

Replace delivery and junk food expenses with outings and small trips. Pay off credit card and pay monthly bills on due date.

Spiritual:

Transform my energy into action to achieve my goals.

Mental: 

Read 10 books + read book Tiffany referred. Go through 100RL program, take Ivan Quirino’s drawing course and subscribe to Skillshare.

Relational: 

Be present and enjoy moments with family and friends. Hire someone to clean the house to avoid the usual disagreements among us. Take one day off every other week to take care of myself to feel more feminine and connect with my body. Take small trips to the beach with the family every three months.

Physical: 

Take the nutritional advice and recommendations seriously. Get organized and prepare meals in advance to make the best choices. Work out frequently.

Next Step…

Then we must apply all the things from the list above to the following list from Tony Robbins. I’ll do as Lisa did and post only my priority for now or else this post will be too long.

I choose to focus on my spiritual goal first because it will influence positively all the other goals. Of course, I’m doing some things from other goals, too… especially because some cannot be put off (e.g. money making products and projects and lessons of 100RL program) and some need consistent small steps to become true. However, one of my biggest challenges is to transform my energy into action to become more productive and assertive. So, here are my answers following Tony Robbins’ list to find more clarity in setting the goals.

What do I really want? (vision) 

Use my energy to do things that are useful and make me and my family happy, with this avoid getting depressed or sick.

What is important about it? (values)

I want to make my dreams come true, live the life I truly want to live. Besides that, I want to teach others how to live a life with soul and purpose and how to achieve their goals while enjoying the journey to get there.

How will I get it? (methods)

  • Energy Rituals – energize water with crystal and gratitude prayers before bed
  • Herb showers
  • Meditation
  • Green Smoothies
  • Work-outs
  • Go to the Temple once a month for energy cleanse and guidance

What is preventing me from having it? (obstacles)

  • Inconsistency when applying the methods.

 How will I know I am successful? (measurements)

  • 75% of the year were productive days
  • I achieved at least 75% of my projects and goals
  • I went to the temple at least 12 times

What are productive days for me? Days that I make progress on my projects and goals, that are all noted in my planner. I also consider days off with my family or me time as productive because they are part of my relational goals as long as they are scheduled and don’t harm my other goals.

How am I going to track my productive days? I’ll track all my days using Pretty Productive Progress Tracker Calendar that you can find on Etsy. It has not only the monthly tracker but also a place for a review every month so you can reflect on what challenges you’re going to tackle next.

Find the tracker on Etsy.

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And here’s day three of the review. I’ll be posting day 4 with a new list of prompts + my answers. We’re already shaping up the projects and goals, soon you’re going to see what my resolutions are for 2017.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

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New Year for a Better Me: 7 days of Review | Day Two

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts, however they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day One Review here.

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Now, let’s jump in the prompts of Day 2. This time, we are gonna reflect on the challenges and what didn’t work in 2016. Here are the 10 questions and my answers.

What was time wasted this year?

  • when I worried about things that didn’t even happen (and I’m not sure will ever happen) or overthink what I’d like to start doing
  • when I stress over silly things my husband and daughter do/say

What was money wasted this year?

  • eating out and deliveries – they are unhealthy, expensive and don’t bring me that much pleasure. I’d rather use this money to travel or buy things that will make me happy.

What was the biggest challenge you faced this year?

  • using my energy the best way to make things happen instead of overthinking and keeping all the active energy inside harming my mental health
  • saving money
  • losing weight and eating healthier – shifting bad habits into health habits
  • Being consistent in rituals that make me feel good

If anything, what would you change about how you handled that challenge?

  • I would stop worrying and overthinking and start doing more
  • I would follow my intuition

Are you ending the year with any unfinished business?

  • Healthy habits
  • Energy Rituals

Are there any outstanding goals you’d like to let go of?

I wouldn’t call it letting go, I’m actually changing directions in my business so my revenue goal is also going to change.

What was your worst setback in 2016?

I didn’t dedicate enough to creating healthy habits. I focused on my emotional health with therapy and rituals and it paid off, so I know I’m on the right path. Besides that, I made some changes to my eating habits, so I’m building it slowly.

Which bad habits or unhealthy patterns did you engage in that you’d like to give up once and for all?

  • drinking coke
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • smoking sporadically
  • not knowing how to deal with fear, stress and anxiety

What or whom held you back this year? Did anything make you shrink into yourself or feel defensive about your dreams?

My answers to this question were all moved to the next question because I can’t recall anybody or anything that held me back, all that held me back were my own fears and behaviors.

How did you hold yourself back this year? Which beliefs | ideas | excuses stopped you from pushing forward?

I didn’t believe my in strengths and talents and that makes me not start great projects I have in mind. I was too afraid of failure and criticism, my inner critic was too strong. It made me focus on details and not on the important stuff. Another thing that held me back was trying to control my family and stressing out about them not doing what I expected them too.

And here’s day two of the review. I’ll be posting day 3 with a new list of prompts + my answers. All this review will lead us to my resolutions for 2017.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

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New Year for a Better Me: 7 days of Review | Day One

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I will write seven posts, however they won’t be posted daily, I will post them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

At the first day, we’re going to review and celebrate all the good stuff that happened in 2016. Here are the 10 questions and my answers.

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What was time very well spent this year?

  • making art with my daughter
  • going out with my family
  • singing
  • having a great time with my girl friends
  • drawing
  • doing the exercises and joining the calls of 100 Rejection Letters
  • date nights
  • therapy sessions

What was money very well spent this year?

  • 100 Rejection Letters
  • holistic therapy sessions for me and for our daughter

What are your favorite memories of 2016?

  • group meetings with my girl friends
  • my birthday at a Budhist Temple
  • taking care of 4 puppies that were abandoned in our front door
  • a day at the water park with my family
  • valentine’s day
  • the change in my relationship with my mother
  • Pizza nights at my parents’

What did you accomplish or complete this year?

  • by October I had already doubled my revenue with JB Studios
  • I overcame my worst fears

Did you make any progress on long-term goals?

This one was very hard to answer because I didn’t have any long-term goals, I didn’t have clarity about what I wanted that’s why it is difficult to measure if I made progress. However, I see progress in so many areas of my life and I feel ready to set long-term goals now.

What felt successful about the year, as a whole?

I usually celebrate every little accomplishment, so instead of making a huge list I decided to mention one thing that influences all the others – self-growth. Hubby and I’ve been learning a lot and making changes in all areas of our lives, step by step.

Of course, I could not leave the growth of my creative business aside. After growing revenue 387% in 2015, I was able to grow 191% in 2016 and grew my audience a lot, too.

Did you overcome any obstacles or mental blocks this year?
Certainly. I overcame my worst fears. I finally allowed myself to say I’m an artist, started to like my drawings, tried new techniques and learned how to say no when something is not a good fit for me personally or in my business.

What did you learn about yourself after all that happened in 2016?
I think the most important was to discover one of my core values: freedom. I also see how important it is to know my core values, they may guide my decision-making better.

Who nurtured or supported you most this year?
My husband, my daughter, my parents, two digiscrapper designers who are also great friends – we are like a mastermind group, my creative team, Ginger and all her staff, my best friend and some other people on different occasions during the year. I have written more details in my journal. I won’t share them online.

Who did you enjoy nurturing and supporting?
My family, the people I collaborate with in my business, my subscribers and most of the people who also nurtured me.

And here’s day one of the review. I’ll be posting day 2 with a new list of prompts + my answers. All this review will lead us to my resolutions for 2017.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

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