By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
Well, here we are in a new year. Where did 2022 go? It flew by so fast, but I must admit, I'm thankful for a fresh start.
Why do I say that? There’s a good reason. Last year was full of multiple challenges, so 2023 feels like a new gift I get to open up and enjoy. However, 2022 was a year of tremendous personal and professional growth because I chose to grow through the challenges I faced. I've learned for myself that I grow the most when under fire.
That certainly was the story of last year for me!
So what has helped me grow during challenging circumstances? Here are three things that inspired my growth—three things I'll continue to do to make 2023 the best year yet!
1. Work With a Coach or Mentor
I can't emphasize the importance of good mentors or coaches. I have three, and it's been game-changing for me. I'm not the same person I was before working with them, and I'm so grateful for their investment in my life!
A great mentor or coach can help you sort through challenges and give you an invaluable outside perspective. They're also great for helping you push through barriers in your mind to achieve your goals.
Steps You Can Take: If you need a mentor or coach, I recommend finding one! Your connections can be an excellent source for referrals to outstanding individuals. And if you are already working with one, fully engaging in the relationship to help ensure accountability is a perfect thing to do.
2. Nurture and Utilize Your Network
My reach into companies is exponential because of the rock star-caliber relationships I have in my life. They make me better at what I do, and it works both ways!
A great example is my partnership with Michael Cantu, my process automation strategic partner. Before working with him, I did solo gigs as a process improvement consultant; they are a dime a dozen in Kansas City. Through our association, he’s sent work my way, and we both have tremendous opportunities in our sales pipeline.
Steps You Can Take: If you're a business owner or gig worker, your connections can introduce you to rockstars who can help you meet your goals. If you're an employee, seek out people in your company with whom you can support each other. If you're a manager or business leader, your employees can be a great source of recommendations for new hires. Finally, it’s equally important to provide value to your connections!
3. Don’t Let Challenges Dissuade Achievement of Your Goals
In light of the craziness in our world, I've written several blogs on this topic. Here's one about my terrible stint as a wedding singer.
Steps You Can Take: It all comes down to having a don't-give-up attitude and a decision to persevere. Just decide not to give up and go after your goals no matter what comes your way!
Hopefully, these ideas gave you some food for thought to help make 2023 your best year yet. And if you'd like more suggestions, I'd love to hop on a phone or Zoom call with you! I love helping individuals and companies achieve improvement in their lives and businesses.
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