By: Kathy Kent Toney, CEO & Founder of Kent Business Solutions
Well, it's a wrap. The year 2021 is in the books, and I know many people who are glad it's behind them!
However, I'm not one of them. Last year was one of the best years I have had in a long time. It was a year for tremendous personal and professional growth, despite all the craziness going on in the world. 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 2022 even better than last year:
1. Utilize a Mentor or Coach
I can't emphasize the importance of good mentors or coaches. I have three, and it's been game-changing for me. I can genuinely say that 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 more effectively achieve your goals.
Steps You Can Take: If you don't have 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. Seek Out and Surround Yourself with Rockstars
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.
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, and they are a dime a dozen in Kansas City. Now I have a steady pipeline of work due to this one relationship.
Steps You Can Take: If you're a business owner or gig worker, your connections can also introduce you to rockstars in your community that can supplement the value you can provide companies. If you're an employee, seek out people in your company with whom you can provide support for each other. If you're a manager or business leader, your employees can be a great source of recommendations for new hires.
3. Push Through Hard Times to Reach 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, a decision to persevere. Just decide not to give up and go after your goals no matter what comes your way!
I hope these ideas gave you some food for thought to help make 2022 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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