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Welcome back to another episode of Success in Mind, the place where we turn dreams into action and action into success. As we stand on the threshold of another year, it's time to reflect, to recalibrate, and to ignite our passions. This year for many has been a roller coaster. I know for me, this year has had many challenges and opportunities for learning and growth, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. As an entrepreneur, you've shown resilience in the face of uncertainty this year, creativity amidst chaos, and courage in the depths of fear. Remember that every setback is a setup for a comeback. Your failures are not the opposite of success. Your failures are a stepping stone on the way to success.
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Each mistake, each rejection, each obstacle is a step forward, not backwards. And as we approach the new year, let's set intentions. Let's set our goals and get really focused on what it is that we want to create over the next year. Let's create visions that pull us forward, goals that compel us towards success. Visualize where you want to be and ask yourself, what would I do if I wasn't afraid? You're listening to Success in mind, the show for high performing leaders, change makers, and entrepreneurs ready to take your life and business to the next level. If you're ready for whole life success, keep listening. So today, I'm gonna share with you some ways that We can look at reflecting over the years accomplishments and the lessons that we've learned, and I'm going to give you 5 different things to consider in this episode. So the first one is celebrating milestones and successes.
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I really hope that over the next We can bet. Between now and the end of the year, you take time to celebrate your successes and what you've achieved over this year. When we celebrate our successes, it's training your unconscious mind to achieve more successes. Your unconscious mind is the goal getter. Your conscious mind is the goal setter.
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If you've been listening to me
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for a while, you've heard me talk about that many times. Your conscious mind sets the goal, your unconscious mind sets out to achieve it. And your unconscious mind is like a 5 or a 6 year old child. A very powerful 5 or 6 year old, but a 5 or 6 year old nonetheless. And think about a child when they do something well, And you praise them for it, and you recognize their achievements. Don't they light up? Don't they want to Do even better and and learn even more and grow. Your unconscious mind has been working so hard for you all year. You've been working so hard all year.
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And it's important that you take some time to recognize those achievements. Celebrate them. You can celebrate in a big way, in a small way. It doesn't matter, but just take Time to really focus on your successes and to appreciate your achievements this year. Take some time to reflect on your most significant accomplishments, whatever they may be, and what these achievements mean for your business and also for your personal growth development. Entrepreneurship is not just business. Entrepreneurship is a it's a PhD in personal growth and development, And you've achieved so much this year. So take some time to reflect on it.
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Maybe even get out your journal and write about it And not just in terms of your business, but think about your accomplishments in your health, in your relationships, your personal growth and development, your spirituality.
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Let's look at this in a whole life perspective. What were your accomplishments this year?
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For me, many of my accomplishments have come this here from letting go of trying to control my health and learning to let go of that control. And that has Nothing to do with my business. Although, as I say that, I realize indirectly it does because I've also learned to let go of control in all areas of life. Some ways it's still a work in progress, but you've made some good strides this year in learning to let go of control, And I'm proud of that. I feel like that's an accomplishment. And then getting my business back on track in a way that's more sustainable for me that isn't so depleting so that no matter what happens with my health, I can continue to grow and thrive in business. That for me is another accomplishment. So what are some of your accomplishments this year and celebrate those accomplishments? I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet to celebrate, although the end of the year coincides with my birthday.
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My birthday is December 30th, And I like to celebrate every year. I think birthdays are a really big deal. You know, we never know how many birthdays we have left And I think that every time we make another evolution around the sun, every time we get to say, hey, I made it another year, is really a gift. So I celebrate my birthday every year with friends and family, and so for me that is in a sense How I appreciate and celebrate my accomplishments over the year is I get to celebrate my birthday at the same time. Number 2, the 2nd reflection that I think is important at this time is learning from failures and setbacks. It is inevitable that we're going to have challenges along this journey and there's going to be setbacks. And I think the most important part of these challenges and setbacks is being able to appreciate what we learn from them. I was just talking with a group of podcasters a few weeks ago and someone asked me, She said, how do you manage doing all these things while dealing with
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a chronic illness? And I
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think that's one of the Gifts of having ulcerative colitis. It's one of the gifts of this autoimmune disorder is that it's really taught me how to structure my time, How to do more in less time, how to really prioritize my tasks, and and how to say no to more things without feeling guilty or FOMO. How to just say no and prioritize my energy and my resources first. So even though I've had some setbacks over the past year and a half coming upon 2 years from having ulcerative colitis, I look at it as it's taught me so many things and those are gifts. So look at Some of your setbacks, look at the challenges you faced. What have you learned from them and how have they contributed to your resilience, to your wisdom? How has this taught you lessons that you can maybe inspire others Bye. You know, my friend, Stefano, and I, we like to joke. He's also a speaking coach,
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and we like to joke about how Everything you go through
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in life is just another story to put in your story bank for public speaking. So if you have aspirations to Teach people to share your knowledge maybe through a podcast or through public speaking or trainings or coaching. What have you gone through this year that you can use to help somebody else on their journey? So look at look back over the year of past projects that you've worked on, new things you've started, maybe you've started a podcast, maybe you started writing a book, whatever it is, and look at, okay, what worked and what didn't work? What went according to plan? Where did I fall off the rails with it? And this is something I want to get back on to. Number 3, look at evolving business strategies and innovations. Business strategies and operations have evolved over the year. Market conditions have changed, customer needs have changed, and there have been huge technological advances. I mean, think about where we were a year ago in terms of AI. We weren't even talking about it really in day to day conversations.
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And now I don't know about you, but I find AI is coming up in Multiple conversations, several conversations a day, if not well, definitely throughout the week, but sometimes even daily conversations about AI. But a year ago, we weren't talking about it. The advancements in AI has changed the way I podcast. Don't worry, though, this is still me. This is still my voice. These are still my words. I'm not a robot talking to you. I'm not an AI, but I'm using more AI in my post show production.
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And, you know, it's it's really helped, I think, to Streamline my process to make things a lot faster. So where has technology advanced in your business, in your field, and how are you using it. I think it's important that we remain agile no matter what your industry is and we're adaptable as entrepreneurs. So that as things continue to change and evolve, we change and evolve and adapt with them. So think about the innovative approaches that you've maybe taken over the last year or things that you have seen change or shift over the last year. How has it affected your business? How have you adapted to these changes. And where do you see potential for you to grow into these areas? Alright. Number 4.
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Let's look at your personal growth and development. Running a business is hard. I shouldn't say hard. Well, it is hard. We have hard days, it's challenging. And like I said earlier, entrepreneurship is getting a PhD in personal development. You can't be a successful entrepreneur without some sort of growth and development, and you've heard that really from every guest that I've had on the show. Darren Jacklin, Joseph Choi, JohnJonas.
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They all talk about it. They've all shared the importance of personal growth and development. Sean Moore talked about it. So think about in terms of your business, what are the personal growth strategies that you employed? How have you as a person Developed this year. And then looking ahead to the next year, what are some ways you would like to see more personal growth and development? Does it mean that you're reading more books? Does it mean that you're gonna take a course, learn a new skill? What is it what are you going to open yourself up to this year in order to grow. So think about your personal growth journey. Part of my personal growth journey this year was in having more intentional guests on my show and getting really specific of who I wanted to learn from, Not just who I thought would
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be a good guess, but who do I want
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to learn from? Because I think if I want to learn from these people, then chances are you also want to learn from these people, and then we all benefit.
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So that's been a part
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of my personal growth journey. I also challenged myself to do a lot more reading this year, which I did, but So not just business and personal development books, which for years has been my go to, but reading more fiction just to stimulate creativity and Give myself a really healthy form of escape, and I have loved it. I have read more fiction this year than I have since probably since I was a teenager. And then number 5, our final reflection, is to set the stage for the new year. So looking at these reflections we've talked about, and I'm really hoping you take time to sit down and journal
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these, Using these reflections
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of the past year, let's start talking about your intentions and your goals for this upcoming year. It's important that we use these lessons, the things you've overcome, what you've learned to inform future strategies and to look ahead at decisions that you're going to be making. How do you want the next year to go? So I offer a ton of tips on goal setting, and there's several episodes already on the show about goal setting strategies and goal achievement. I'm going to take actually, I'll take those episodes in the show notes so you can go back and revisit them. But next week, I'm going to do a specific episode on setting your goals and your intentions for 2024. So don't skip that one. Make sure you come back for it because even if you think, oh, Teri, I know how to set a goal. Everyone talks about goal setting.
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You might be surprised. So we're gonna talk about it in a different way. We're gonna talk about in a way that I have talked about it, but in a way that I don't think everyone talks about it. So Make sure you come back because it's important it is important to set your intentions and a vision for the new year. But first, we wanna look back at this past year. I think a lot of people skip that actually. They skip the reflections part and they jump right into goal setting. And what do I wanna do next year? And without really looking at What was the gold in this year? What were the nuggets? What did I learn from this? And without that, it's kind of like, I don't know.
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Setting goals without any sort of foundation. We wanna have a foundation to set those goals upon. So when we get really serious about reflecting on the past year, it helps us to inform those goals for the coming year. So to all of you dreamers Who hustle in silence, your dedication has been seen. And to all of you innovators who think outside the box, your ideas are shaping our future. And to you leaders who inspire others, your impact is immeasurable. I challenge you to embrace discomfort in this coming year. That's where the growth lives.
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It's in the discomfort. So push through your self imposed boundaries and limitations question your own thoughts and beliefs, and never stop learning. You don't have to have it all figured out in order to move forward. In fact, you probably won't have it figured out in order to move forward. I was just talking with a client today who said, I don't know how I'm going to step into this role in the future in regards to a business. And I said, you don't need to know that yet. All you need to know is what you want and who you want to be. And the problems in the future, That's for your future self to figure out.
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That's your future self will be prepared to deal with that. You don't have to know how. You just have to know what you want and who you want to be. And then just Begin by taking a small step. And as you begin to take those small steps forward, the path starts to appear, But it doesn't happen if you stand still. Do you get that? It doesn't happen if you stand still. You need to take action, those little steps forward in order for the path to appear. Success is not just about what you accomplish in your life.
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It's about what you inspire others to do. So think about all of these things that we've talked about today And how can you also use your stories, your trials, your tribulations to inspire others who are on the journey? So I really hope that you take a moment to appreciate how far you've come this year. You are capable. You are brave. You are significant. And always remember that within each struggle is opportunity. So here is to a new path forward, stories that are waiting to be written, podcasts that are waiting to be launched, talks that are waiting to be heard. And thank you for being a part of this incredible journey this year because this podcast, Success in mind would not exist today without you and your support.
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So next week, I will be back and we'll do an episode specifically on setting those goals.
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If you like this episode, and if you want to
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do the journaling, Here's what we're gonna do. Each chapter of this episode, if you listen to it on my website or on Spotify, Each chapter will be marked for one of these points, will be in a chapter,
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or you can follow along
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in the timestamp if you're listening on Apple or another platform form that doesn't recognize the chapters. And then I really encourage you to go step by step through each one and write out your reflections on each one of these areas. So thank you all for listening today. If you enjoyed this episode, Please share it with someone who you think would benefit. Send this to another entrepreneur. Send this to a leader. Someone in your life who you think would benefit from listening to this today so that they continue to grow with you. We grow in relationship to others.
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So as you're growing on your journey of Success, it's important that you bring others with you and you encourage others and inspire others to come with you on this journey. We grow in relationship with each other. And as always, the best gift that you could give me, if you feel so inclined to give me a gift, would be to leave a 5 star review on whatever platform you're listening on. Thank you so much. I hope you have a beautiful holiday season with your families and
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next week we'll dive into goal setting and more importantly, Goal achieving. Have a
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great day. Bye for now.