As we start the 4th quarter of the year, what are some things that you've learned that you're taking with you in growth? What are some things (or people) you plan on leaving behind? Why? I'm a fan of reflection, and I try to help my clients see the what as well as the why. When you're trying to grow your business/professional self, it can be hard to let things or people go that have been an integral part of your life. Even in my own business endeavors, I had to learn that everyone can't be on board when it's time to move forward, especially if these people are complacent. So take some time to reflect and reevaluate whatever it takes to make you better.
As an entrepreneur, I know the road can be bumpy sometimes when it comes to maintaining your purpose. That is, justifying why you do what you do, especially if you have people in your life who are constantly asking why you won't just get a "real" job, or something to that effect. It can be exhausting, and sometimes you doubt yourself, your work, and your actions and why you don't just listen to them, maybe life would be easier, right? I'm guilty of it, but I'm on a constant path of realization, and understanding that what we do is not designed to be fulfilling or self satisfying to others, but to ourselves. While it may become tiresome to get the same question over and over, affirming to yourself that you enjoy the work that you do for YOU is the first step to removing that negative attitude from your atmosphere. This also brings about another train of thought that everyone isn't meant to understand your path. A lot of people, clients and non that I know, spend a lot of their time trying to validate their work with others, when they could be spending that time on their craft. Sometimes you need to take a step back and re-assess your processes and what factors you are allowing to influence your work. If there's no positive impact, work towards re-alignment, and bringing more strategic influences that can enhance your growth.