I don’t know about you but after all the wonderful family time and holiday cheer over Christmas break, I had a hard time getting back into focusing on work.
Instead of working I wanted to take advantage of this fresh clean decade 2020 to dive into creating an action plan for my goals, to declutter my house and to get back on track with my diet plan.
But those are all “D” words.
And this is about A, B & C.
Word of the Year
2019 was a year of a lot of firsts for me even though it was my second year working from home.
I focused on the lessons I learned my first year working from home and tried some new things.
I set real goals for the first time EVER, I chose my first ever word of the year, I added a second arm to my consulting business and closed it almost as soon as I opened it and I launched an online shop.
My word of 2019 was Accountability and it turned out to be more powerful then I could have ever imagined.
I also paid close attention to what successful mompreneurs and working moms were doing.
After watching, listening and studying them I decided that this new decade, 2020, needs more than just a word of the year.
2020 needs ABC’s.
I developed the following ABC’s for 2020 and want to share them with you.
The ABC’s of 2020
A – Accountability
When you hear the word accountability what comes to your mind?
Maybe responsibility, duty or ownership?
I kept accountability at the top of the ABC’s of 2020 because those words are all meaningful as a business owner.
But the thing is, I’m a classic procrastinator.
And if you’re anything like me the word accountability is a great reminder to be accountable to yourself.
Take ownership of your situation and actions.
Make the darn decision, take the next best step and finish what you start.
Accountability can also be a good word if you have trouble saying no.
If you are someone who takes on too much try being accountable to the things already on your plate.
Don’t dilute the time and attention you have for them by saying yes to even more. Be responsible for giving your all to what you’ve already said yes to.
Every time I found my procrastination self-sabotage habit kicking in I thought about being accountable to myself and my goals.
Accountability is a great word to help you keep the ball moving forward.
B = Be Bold
I watched a number of women colleagues, both in real life and virtually, have great success in 2019.
One of the things they all had in common was they chose to be bold.
When it came to their business and careers, they owned their confidence.
These women didn’t shy away from hard decisions or difficult tasks. They put themselves in positions to be seen, heard and considered authorities in their fields.
Being bold doesn’t mean not being true to yourself or putting others down to rise up.
Being bold is about being spunky and brave. It’s about being adventures and courageous without being reckless.
Challenging yourself to be bold can feel a little scary but its also exciting.
Where can you be bold this year?
C = Consistency
The thing about accountability and being bold is that if you only do them sometimes you don’t the benefit of the compound effect.
You need to be accountable and be bold consistently to see a real impact. You need consistency.
Consistently is another one of those key traits I observed in the women I saw soar last year.
These women constantly showed up and many did the same thing repeatedly until it appeared like they were an overnight successes.
Consistency can be applied in a lot of ways from how you show up for your prospects and people to how your show up for yourself and the action tasks for your goals.
The book I didn’t want to like in 2019, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, has a fantastic chapter about the power of consistency.
(Spoiler alert: I ended up LOVING this book and it turned out to be one of the biggest influences on my life in 2019. I encourage you to download it today!)
Last year I implemented two of his recommendation including one, roughly summarized, to not skip important habits more than two times in a row.
After sticking with this recommendation for a for a few weeks I was surprised how ingrained my new habit became.
What new habit could you stick with by using the power of consistency?
Or, if like me you procrastinate your bookkeeping, try picking one day a week to reconcile your banking each week and see if you can stick with it to the end of this quarter.
To recap, when choosing my Word of the Year for 2020 I decided to keep my 2019 Word of the Year accountability.
Then I added two key traits that I’ve noticed successful female colleagues have in common, be bold and consistent.
The ABC’s of 2020
- Be Bold
And if you are looking for a few more letters of the alphabet
come to mind for D, E, F and G.
Have you chosen a 2020 word or phrase of the year yet?
Please share it in the comments below. I’d love to know what your word for 2020 is and how you plan to use it to keep moving toward your goals.
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