This is a repeated pattern each year that I have come to expect and typically I use this week to reflect on the past 12 months and lay out plans and strategies for the coming year. There are so many things that I set out to do in 2014 and I never made them happen. The top of my list - I had hoped to get my own website set up but settled for simply linking my Etsy shop to my blog.
Sometimes we can make some grandiose plans that seem quite doable with a full 365 days in front of us. To blend our goals and dreams into real life can be hard work. It's also easy for us to compare our progress with someone else who seems to be accomplishing much more in the same or less amount of time. I do this to myself all the time!!
Yes..... confession time! My son, and business mentor, was gracious enough to let me vent with him one afternoon while his kids took a nap. What I shared with him pretty much boiled down to the fact that I was looking at what other people were doing and let it make me feel like I was a failure. He patiently waited for me to finish my ranting and crying and said, "stop comparing yourself to them".
I had gotten on a road called "comparison" which lead me to another road called "discouragement" and that lead me straight to a no-outlet street called "failure". It can happen to me so easily when I get distracted and take my eyes off my own road and start looking at where other people are traveling. Sometimes there are curves in my road or I have to slow down for speed bumps or the incline of the road is so steep that I doubt I have what it takes to keep moving. It's at these times that I easily assume others never face these road hazards and their journey is smooth and perfectly paved.
As I set some goals for 2015 I want to be okay with getting it done but not always trying to reach that point of perfect to label it a success. I also want to stay off that "comparison" road!! It's never a good detour and it always ends up in a bad neighborhood!!