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173: Persevere With Your Resolutions And Goals Whether You Are Starting A Business Or Side Hustle, A Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Mompreneur, Freelancer, Bookkeeper, Virtual Assistant, Business Owner



173:  Persevere With Your Resolutions And Goals Whether You Are Starting A Business Or Side Hustle, A Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Mompreneur, Freelancer, Bookkeeper, Virtual Assistant, Business Owner, Or Self-Employed


Whether you set goals at the beginning of the year or you have resolutions you have promised yourself you’d do in the new year, now is the time to make sure you are on track so that you can follow through with your goals and resolutions for the remainder of the year.  I’m sure that you’ve heard that most people will quit their resolution after just one week.  When asked why they don’t stick with their resolutions, most people will say that they don’t have the time, resources, or support to keep the motivation up so that they can stick to their resolutions.  This can be true of goals as well.  When you want to ensure you are reaching your goals and sticking to your resolutions, you need to make sure you are following through.  This includes checking in to see how you are doing and being truthful to yourself if you feel you are slipping and need to realign yourself so that you can continue to move forward.  In today’s podcast episode, I am going to help you take a realistic approach to making sure you are staying on track or picking yourself up and getting back on track early in the year.  I don’t want you going a few more months into this year and just giving up on your resolutions and goals.  You made promises to yourself to reach these goals, and today, I am going to hold you accountable and give you a second chance if you’ve found it was much easier to make your resolution than to keep your resolution.  Resolutions and goals are important to your business whether you are starting a business or side hustle, you’re a self-employed individual, a solopreneur, entrepreneur, mompreneur, freelancer, small business owner, a remote, virtual, online, or in-house bookkeeper or accountant, a virtual assistant or VA, or other professional.  Many of the resolutions business owners make revolve around the organization of their financial data or bookkeeping.  Listen in, and let me help you make a lasting change with the resolutions and goals you’ve set for this year.  It doesn’t matter if you are using a computerized software system like QuickBooks, Xero, Wave or FreshBooks for your business finances, or if you are doing your bookkeeping manually with an Excel spreadsheet or even a Google Document, this episode will be helpful for you…


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Show Notes:


Whether you set goals at the beginning of the year or you have resolutions you have promised yourself you’d do in the new year, now is the time to make sure you are on track so that you can follow through with your goals and resolutions for the remainder of the year.  I’m sure that you’ve heard that most people will quit their resolution after just one week.  When asked why they don’t stick with their resolutions, most people will say that they don’t have the time, resources, or support to keep the motivation up so that they can stick to their resolutions.  This can be true of goals as well.  When you want to ensure you are reaching your goals and sticking to your resolutions, you need to make sure you are following through.  This includes checking in to see how you are doing and being truthful to yourself if you feel you are slipping and need to realign yourself so that you can continue to move forward.  In today’s podcast episode, I am going to help you take a realistic approach to making sure you are staying on track or picking yourself up and getting back on track early in the year.  I don’t want you going a few more months into this year and just giving up on your resolutions and goals.  You made promises to yourself to reach these goals, and today, I am going to hold you accountable and give you a second chance if you’ve found it was much easier to make your resolution than to keep your resolution.  Resolutions and goals are important to your business whether you are starting a business or side hustle, you’re a self-employed individual, a solopreneur, entrepreneur, mompreneur, freelancer, small business owner, a remote, virtual, online, or in-house bookkeeper or accountant, a virtual assistant or VA, or other professional.  Many of the resolutions business owners make revolve around the organization of their financial data or bookkeeping.  Listen in, and let me help you make a lasting change with the resolutions and goals you’ve set for this year.  It doesn’t matter if you are using a computerized software system like QuickBooks, Xero, Wave or FreshBooks for your business finances, or if you are doing your bookkeeping manually with an Excel spreadsheet or even a Google Document, this episode will be helpful for you…

 

Welcome Back… Think about your feelings at the end of the year and how you were so positive about the goals and resolutions you were setting.  You knew at that time you could reach these goals, but here we are one month into the new year, and you might be thinking twice about those feelings and second-guessing if you can stick to your resolution or reach your goals.  Today, I’m going to help you ensure you have everything set up correctly to stick to your resolutions and goals because if you thought they were important at the end of the year, they are still just as important today.  We are not going to let a little time that has slipped by change how you think about the remainder of the year.

 

One of the resolutions or goals that I hear from business owners is that they are going to stay up to date with their bookkeeping and eliminate the stress they have when they fall behind.  For today’s podcast example, I am going to use this scenario, but you will find that everything I talk about today can be applied to whatever your resolution or goal was for this new year.  All in all, no matter where you are with your goals and resolutions, you need to make sure you follow these tips to have a successful outcome.

 

First, we are going to start out with the fact that to follow through with your resolutions, you need to be ready.  Knowing that you want and need to have your bookkeeping in order is just one part of the follow-through.  You need to know you are ready.  You must realize that having your bookkeeping up to date would be much more helpful than letting it fall behind.  You also need to be ready to take the steps to make a change and follow through with this change.  If you are not mentally ready to follow through on this resolution, you may need to look deeper into your why and use this to help carry you through sticking to your resolution.  If you weren’t ready to get your bookkeeping up to date at the beginning of January, maybe after you’ve gone through the steps to realize just how much being caught up will benefit your business as well as your stress levels, you may be ready to get back on track today.

 

As much as keeping up with your bookkeeping is a pretty good resolution, a better resolution or goal would be to make it even more specific and break it down into manageable pieces.  You may choose to have all of your invoicing and bills paid on a weekly basis, and once everything for the month has been recorded, you are able to reconcile your bank accounts.  Your specific goal could be to have all of your bookkeeping for the prior month, as well as your bank reconciliations done by the 10th of the following month.  Be realistic about this, and make sure that you are setting achievable goals that you know you can meet.  Focusing on a specific goal will eliminate feelings of overwhelm and can boost your self confidence in knowing you can do this.

 

Even if you haven’t touched your bookkeeping for the year so far, this is no reason to give up on your goal, but you may need to implement some planning so that you can hit your goals in the upcoming months.  Like I mentioned earlier, you may want to plan to enter your invoices and your bills in on a weekly basis.  If this plan doesn’t work for you, then you need to come up with a plan so that you can reach your goal.  Write your plan down and block off time in your calendar so that each process will get done.  Make a list of things you need to do to achieve your goal and schedule them so that they will get done.

 

Once you have these steps in place, you’ll see how much more manageable it is to reach your goal or stick to your resolution.  If your goal was to start this in January, and you are finding yourself in a place where nothing has been done yet, make sure you are starting with a small task to take on rather than the whole process of doing your bookkeeping monthly.  Don’t get discouraged, and definitely don’t feel like since one month has gone by that it is too late to reach your goal of having your bookkeeping caught up.  It is pretty simple to get one month of transactions recorded and back on track for the next month.  Making changes like these can be hard if you have always let your bookkeeping go in the past.  You may even find that you are only able to do two months of bookkeeping at a time, but this would be much better than having an entire year of bookkeeping that you need to get caught up quickly when you know the tax deadline is approaching.

 

Following through with resolutions and reaching goals can be much easier and more successful when you have a support system.  Just like any other resolution, whether it be weight loss, exercise, or finances, if you have someone there to help you when times get rough, you’ll be much more accountable and motivated to follow through.  This support can come in many different ways.  You may have a family member or friend that you can talk to about your resolutions or goals, or you may find that when you are going through all the tasks that need to be done that you just don’t have the time to do it all.  You may need to find a bookkeeper who can help you stay on track to meet your needs.  Your accountant or tax preparer could also help you follow through and stay on course, but the main thing to realize here is that you need to let others know that you would like their support.  Tell them how you would like them to help you.  Maybe you just want them to check in once a month to see how you are doing, or you might work better when someone is checking in on a weekly basis.  This will more than likely change as you have your processes set up and you start crushing your goals, but make sure that you have someone who you can trust to help support you.

 

Next, I want you to consistently think about your why.  Why did you decide that having your bookkeeping up to date was so important that you made it one of your resolutions or goals for this year?  By reminding yourself why you wanted to set this goal, you will be renewing the motivation that you had in the beginning, and this will help fuel your ambition to keep going.  Do some forward-thinking.  What will the end of the year look like when all of your bookkeeping is neatly organized, everything is recorded, all of your accounts are reconciled, and you are able to make smart business decisions prior to the end of the year so that you are able to take advantage of tax planning situations before the end of the year.  This is where you will find that your business can reach a new level and can be even more profitable and help you keep more of those tax dollars in your pocket. 

 

By getting yourself back on track now, you can still reach your goals of having your bookkeeping up to date.  One month of falling behind is no reason to give up on your goal or resolution.  It is only a time to reassess what is or isn’t working and develop a new plan if your initial plan didn’t work.  I know you can do this if you put your mind to it, and if you need help or are unable to find a support person, let me know.

 

Imagine having a system in place where you spend less time buried in paperwork and more time doing what you love.  That’s where I help my clients.  They are able to have proper processes in place, understand why they are following through with these processes, and they have more peace of mind when it comes to their business.  Striking a balance between the demands of running a business and maintaining a fulfilling personal life is an art; it’s about creating an environment where you can thrive and support your lifestyle.  By being proactive and setting up efficient processes, you can ensure a smoother, more enjoyable year-end, and you’ll be prepared to file any necessary filings with the IRS.  By working with me, you’ll change more than just your bookkeeping processes.  Like many of the clients I’ve worked with, you’ll go from not knowing how to get through all the stressful situations or being unprepared to being totally in control of exactly what you are choosing to get done at the time you want to have it accomplished by, all while knowing you are doing enough and you’re able to enjoy your business and your personal life.  I help clients just like you with strategy, mentorship, and coaching.  When you work with me, you’ll show up much more differently than you do today, and, after all, this is what you ultimately want in your life, right?  You can be stress-free in both your professional and personal life.  Come join me.  When I work with clients throughout the year, they are able to reduce their stress and overwhelm, understand how to master their small business finances, develop solutions to grow their bottom line, and create a work-life balance they truly enjoy.  I encourage you to take the next step by signing up for a free consultation where I’m going to teach you the first step in my process so that you can eliminate stress, overwhelm, or overworking in your professional or personal life while you continue to get done what matters so that you can live your life with joy, purpose and a more fulfilled life.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have; I’d love to help you on this journey.  You can schedule your free consultation or sign up for a coaching session today at www.FinancialAdventure.com.  As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Life Coach, I can help you set goals and develop a plan that will allow you to lead a happier and more sustainable life in your business, career, or your personal life.  I’m here to guide you through the financial aspects of your business as well as help you focus on the strategies you need to follow to reach the success you want to achieve in your professional or personal life and stay committed so that you can continue to keep pushing forward and relieve the stress, anxiety, or overwhelm you are currently feeling.  Having an accountant and certified life coach like me can provide you with valuable insights and ideas to help you simplify your life, which enables you to go back to enjoying your professional and personal life.  I work with business owners, accountants, and other financial professionals to create the actionable steps they need to take to ultimately achieve their goals while getting relief from the stress and overwhelm they feel from the pressure of owning a business, deadlines, and the workload they face every day.  If you are struggling with this as well and would like some help developing a solution, help strengthen and maintain your emotional health, increase your well-being, create a more positive, happy, and joyful life, set and achieve your goals, and manage your relationships, I’d love for you to join me in my Balance Life Coaching program so that you can live a more purposeful life.  Each week, we meet privately one-on-one, and you get to bring whatever is on your mind on any given week.  I also have a daily coaching program where you can talk to me whenever it works best for you, 24/7, any day of the week.  In either program, you get to work on your highest priority, whatever you want more of in your life, or if there is something that is weighing on you heavily that you need coaching on, and we’ll work through it together.  Having a certified life coach like me helping you through all of this allows you to feel so seen and cared for, and the results are amazing.  Everyone benefits when they work with a certified life coach.  After every session, you feel energized, and you know exactly what to do for the day or week to come, and relief knowing we will meet again to go over anything that comes up after your session.  You’ll gain self-awareness while you take each step toward your goals.  The investment in either of these programs is an easy yes for you.  I’ve set these programs up in the most supportive way.  If you are ready to join the Balance Life Coaching program, you can go to www.FinancialAdventure.com and click on the work with me button.  You’ll see the link to join as well as additional information about the programs.  Sign up now.  There are limited spots available for these programs due to the one-on-one aspect, and they do sell out.  If the payment link is gone, you can get on my waitlist to join the programs when additional spots are available.  I help people get results and live a more joyful life.  I coach everybody on everything.  I know there is something you want in your life, and I can help you get it.  I know this is something you’ve been waiting for.  I’ve been asked by many of my listeners to create these exact programs.  The faster you get access to the program, the quicker you’ll see the possibilities available to you.  I also have a risk-free guarantee.  I believe so strongly that everyone benefits from coaching that when you sign up for the Balance Life Coaching program today, if for any reason you are not satisfied with your first session, you can send us an email, and we’ll refund you immediately.  Are you ready to enjoy your life now?  Why would you want to wait?  Make this investment for yourself.  Take the journey with me…make it happen for yourself.  Ask yourself why you need this program in your life right now.  Are you ready to make bigger, bolder, stronger life goals?  I’m looking forward to meeting with you soon and digging deeper to see where you currently are in your business or career and start creating actionable steps so that you can reach your vision and goals for the future, not only in your business or career but also in your personal life.  I’m ready to work with you, see all of your successes, and watch you thrive in your business or career while creating your best work-life balance.  I’ll post links to this and other valuable resources for business owners and accountants where you are listening to this podcast.          

 

And, you know I’m going to ask…what’s at least one thing you will take away from this episode that will help your business succeed and grow your bottom line? If you need some accountability, join our PRIVATE Facebook community and post your action item, we’d love to support you.

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