Each year I find that though I accomplish a million mini goals, I tend to also face ONE large and formidable intention, problem, or opportunity as well.
I call this – regardless whether the change is good or bad – my “monster.”
It is something that seems larger than myself and something that can span several months or the majority of the year for me to understand and thrive with.
Some of my past personal life monsters have been:
And the business monsters were:
The 2007 monster was “Grow From Part-Time in College to Full-Time in Chicago.”
The 2008 monster was “Selling Jewelry Wholesale to Over 100 Boutiques Nationwide.”
The 2009 monster was “Transitioning from Wholesale to Become an Online Shop.”
The 2010 monster was “Re-Branding Jess LC.”
And the 2011 monster was “Create a Lifestyle Brand with Contractors.”
Each of these monsters were tough, scary, and unfamiliar. Yet each were also simultaneously integral in the evolution of my life and business. Without these struggles, I would not have the strengths I gained from slaying the beasts. And it is precisely those strengths which make me more capable of taking on bigger challenges in my life.
So I’m learning not only to accept these impending beasts as inevitable, but also as essential to my growth as a person and business owner.
And you know what? I’m starting to get pretty good at predicting which monsters are coming up around the corner.
Though I will undoubtedly be sideswiped by a monster here or there, I think I have a pretty good hunch as to which monsters are lurking behind the calender in 2012.
In my personal life, I think the monster will have to do with growth in my relationships. And in Jess LC, the monster is the much higher production volume.
Both of these beasts are a bit scary and I am not going to lie; part of me is afraid.
But that doesn’t mean that I can’t face them and realize that by working through them, I will ultimately be happier and more prepared for anything hiding behind door 2013.