I have followed Lara Casey for years! I was always intrigued by her PowerSheets but never invested in them & they always sell out. Last year one of my best friends Christina had bought them. So I checked hers out & then was kicking myself for not getting them! Because of course as I went to go get a set, they were sold out! So this year when they were on pre-sale I made sure to snag one for myself!
I’m not big on resolutions as they just tend to fall through the cracks by February! I like to think that I “goal plan” instead. In reality, I write down a ton of personal & business goals for the year, get all ramped up & excited over them….annnnnnnnd never look at that piece of paper again until the next year when I find it buried under something where I’m like “oh! I remember wanting to do that!”
With PowerSheets, the goal is to sit down & do intentional goal planning in this cute, monthly notebook. One that I have to pull out on the regular & look at & plan! One of the first things is to pick a word for the year. I usually pick a word for my year anyways & my word for 2017 just happened to be INTENTIONAL. So intentional goal planning fell right in line with my 2017 overall planning. And keep in mind these aren’t just for business, they can be for personal too!
So early in the month when it was like 75 degrees one day I sat outside for a whole 5 hours working on my PowerSheets! I honestly was NOT prepared for how long it was going to take AND how HARD they would be. And by hard I mean that in a positive way.
The sheets have questions that make you sit down & really honestly THINK. To write out goals. To think about your future, to think about the present, the past. What you want it all to look like. What things worked last year, what things didn’t. Things that you want to let go, things that are stopping you, things you’re afraid of, lessons learned & so much more! It’s like a mini bundled self help therapy session….one that I wanted to avoid!
I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to either skip a page or just close it all together & put it off for later. And by later that meant throwing the book in a drawer never to be looked at again! I was straight up avoiding these hard questions. I had a realization moment that I avoid the things that scare me! And writing down all these fears, hopes, plans, dreams was SCARY! Because I had to look truth in the face more than once & I didn’t always like what I saw!
And one of those truths was my business is NOT where I thought it would be or where I want it to be. I can hear some of you all gasp now & pick your jaws up off the floor! 😀 There are changes that have needed to be made for SO LONG and I’ve AVOIDED doing them out of FEAR. Fear of having to work a “real world” job again, fear of losing clients, fear of doing harder work, fear of change, fear of upsetting people, fear of disappointing my own self. There is so much that goes into owning a business that people do not realize. It’s HARD y’all. No month is ever the same, let alone year.
I’ll say over & over again the purpose of my business for me is to serve others. The problem has been that I serve others too much at times. To the point where I overextended myself more times than I should have. The biggest realization I had in filling out my PowerSheets is I don’t treat my business like a business. And that it’s no one’s fault but my own. And that’s why it’s not where I want it to be. I sat there for like an hour after my “oh sh!t” moment & was like things have got to change.
When I started my business & got it going I also worked a full time job. So it got easy to say “sure I’ll do it for x amount.” Or “don’t worry about it this time” and do too many “favors.” Now that my business has been for awhile now, my ONE AND ONLY job, I can’t do that anymore. There is no other job for me to fall back on. I love to serve others but at the same time that’s not serving some of my own needs as well. I always used to be afraid of changes but now I’m welcoming them. You can’t make room to implement new things until you let go of some of the old things.
So I am so grateful for these PowerSheets as much as I wanted to toss them in a drawer hidden away! I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting a clearer vision for their life, personal or business. The kicker is, you have to be honest with yourself & be willing to write down some cold, hard facts. They sit on my desk right next to my planner so I have to look at them every single day. It’s time to make things happen!