As I sit thinking of all the goals I want to achieve for Dragonspit Apothecary this year I am reminding of how far I have come. I am looking at the last few years in awe of how much I have learned, been through, accomplished and stumbled at. I am most proud of the fact that I’ve stuck with it and see the glimmer of possible start to emerge. That’s the thing no one tells you when you start out with your own business, all the moments when you start to doubt yourself there is always this little glimmer that you can hang onto. It’s not always visible to others and sometimes it tests our own faith of existence but trust me it is there.
This year I see that possibility be a little stronger and taller. I hope for those big sweeping moments that shift growth quickly. Realistically though, I plan for the small incremental steps of growth that give the consistency of progression an upward trend. When I set goals it is always with a mix of dreams and realism set to challenge and encourage me. This process of goal setting all directly linked to that long term aspiration I hold tight to the strong memory of that one day that started it all. The moment when nothing more than a simple yes was spoken from my voice and that glimmer appeared.
Last year I welcomed new partners to my business. I shared with them all I had learned and admitted where I was still learning. I encouraged and coached the best I could and helped them launch with excitement. It feels good to see others start their journey towards reaching their dreams. It recharges my own actions and keeps me going on a focused mission of expanding even more. What I have learned is the business itself is basic but it’s our own motivation and persistence that determines how far we will take it. That energy is key to business success in any year but especially when you’re hitting those first bumps of people telling you no, not calling you back or you’re just short on a milestone.
It is not for everyone. Realizing that and accepting it is difficult but a necessary refinement providing much more clarity in my business. Not everyone understands it, appreciates what it represents or are simply afraid to try it. I strongly believe we have been conditioned to think it cannot work and it’s only for those special people. We hold this limiting belief we are not that special, lucky or even that we lack the time to create something more in our life. We talk about wanting more, better, easier and have dreams of what that looks like but sadly most of us never pursue what could make that reality. It’s easier to say we can’t.
Going into 2021, I have goals for myself and Dragonspit Apothecary that promise hope of being steps closer to seeing my own dreams come to fruition. The journey of realizing I have this power to be my own wish maker and creator has been an awakening in my life. It is so powerful that I often am not sure if I should just fully unleash it or try to contain it to keep up! It feels bigger than me and yet it feels exactly like me and what I think is entirely why I am here. Helping others see that in themselves is what fuels that energy spreading it like an out of control fire destroying all the old beliefs that were not leading where we really want to go. It is what happens when others say yes in the right place, time and dynamic for themselves.
I had a motto in 2020 that called me out on my own bullshit when I started to waver. You can’t make money/health/dreams come true/fill in the blank and excuses at the same time. It’s often our very own excuses of why we can’t that holds us back.
We don’t have time to exercise
We’re too tired to make a healthy meal
We forgot we had that appointment
We are stuck in this job and don’t have time to start something else
We are tired
We don’t have time for that invitation
We are too busy
We have to wait until payday
We have to talk to our spouse
We can’t do it
What I learned in 2020 with all the shutdowns, changes in daily life and more was that if it was important I could find a way. I had to let go of my own self-limited beliefs even more deeply than I had ever done before to do something new wearing my best brave face. My dreams are important but they won’t manifest on their own without my very own effort and action behind the words I want them. If we want it bad enough and we feel awakened by the calling of them we will do anything to make them happen. We will forego all the excuses of what is impossible and take action. We will fight, push, scream and more but we will act against what is holding us back.
Where I see people give us in their own business is when they stop believing what is possible. They stop holding themselves accountable and let the excuses of why it’s not working consume them. Giving up is the easy answer at times. It can even be the right answer sometimes. However, more often than not it those tiniest steps that don’t even feel like we are moving that make it worth it. It is when we give it another honest try that we see there is still possible and right for us to continue. In these defining moments we are asked to dig deeper and hold on tighter to that glimmer of why we started it all. It is staying the course at the point most would give up and say it is impossible. I have chosen to stay the course.
Those things you have tried before and given up on: your diet, your exercise routine, your small business, your pursuit of a dream, your faith in love, it’s time to pick them up again. Those things called to you because they were important to you. Those things triggered excitement, hope, happiness, feel good experiences that made you act on them. You gave up because you thought nothing was happening or it was taking too long. 2021 is the year to set the goals against them to help you actually achieve them. It starts with yes and it requires us to let it wash over us with fresh energy, perspective and faith. Anything is possible if we work at it consistently, hungrily, patiently, lovingly, and persistently.
If you’re ready to have 2021 be your year of success in your health, well-being, financial freedom, life changing ways that only dreams color for us, come explore what that could mean at dragonspitapothecary.com.
Here’s to your success!