At the end of each year, I take an inventory of my life and business to shine a light on what proved to be most effective.
Here are my top nine timely tips for women entrepreneurs who are ready to make a big leap in 2013:
1. Trust Your Instincts - It's essential that you hone your intuition and become comfortable making decisions about your life and business. Set a goal to practice being present more often and listen closely to your internal voice.
2. Practice Solitude - In our wired world, if you aren't careful, you can be "on" all the time. Technology has certainly made our lives a lot easier but it's essential that you not allow these time saving tools to control your life. Spending time alone is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Start small by taking a long walk alone (cell phone off) or set your alarm to wake up for some quiet time before the busyness of your day takes over. I highly recommend taking an overnight trip alone to a favorite spa or hotel at least once a year.
3. Find Your Sweet Spot - Discover where your light shines in your business and set yourself up to live in that space as often as possible. Notice when your energy and enjoyment of the work meets the clients highest good and satisfaction - that's your sweet spot. When I discovered this a few years ago, it was pure delight.
4. Love Your Numbers - Pay attention to money in and money out. When I began to treat my income and expenses with respect and honor the process of taking good care of my business financially, I was rewarded with significantly more income and ideal clients.
5. Say No More Often - This can be a challenge for women as we are nurturers by nature. If you want to live a life that feels truly meaningful and encompasses all your big ideas, dreams and goals, the word no needs to easily roll off your tongue.
6. Positive People Please - Embrace happy, positive, success-oriented people. Eliminate toxic negativity from your life. Period.
7. Gratitude is Good - If you're ready to open your arms wide to having more in your life, practice gratitude daily. Be grateful for every little thing - a steamy cup of coffee, your local crossing guard and if you're reading this right now, the fact that you are alive.
8. Exercise Empathy - If you have a dream of making a difference in the world or desire a leadership role, empathy is a valuable tool you'll need along the way. As the great leader Stephan Covey said, "Seek first to understand." Understanding and acknowledging someone else's situation is the foundation to change.
9. Think Bigger- Give yourself permission to create a bigger vision for yourself than you ever thought possible. Write down a goal that feels challenging (and maybe a little scary) and then design a plan to achieve it by December 31, 2013.
If you implement even one of these nine game changing tips over the next 30 days, I promise you positive change will begin to show up in your life. I'm calling 2013 "The Year of the Woman Entrepreneur" as my instincts tell me next year is going to be a year of abundance for women who are ready to embrace all that life and business have to offer.
Anything is possible. Everything is waiting for you.