There’s more January behind us than there is in front of us.  How did that happen?!  I’m not sure, but there’s no denying it.  We’re three weeks in to the New Year and it’s time to round up those resolutions again!  If you’ve been following along, you know this month we’re focusing on our favorite of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions and translating how they might apply to your business.  No matter if you’ve set resolutions or not this year, it’s fun to explore along with us.

Up this week: “Learn a New Skill or Hobby!”  This one may seem like a no-brainer.  Couldn’t we all stand to learn how to best utilize social media to grow our business?  Or that new demo technique everyone keeps raving about increasing sales at parties?  Duh.  To me these are the easy skills to learn – those directly related to our business.  If we dig deeper and really want that STRETCH goal, what should we be aiming to learn and why??  I think it’s those brand-spanking-new skills totally unrelated to anything we’ve done before. Learning a brand-new skill or hobby can do two things for us:

1) It reminds us how difficult it can feel to learn a new skill. How often does someone join your team and already knows everything about the job they were hired to do?  (Never!) How often do they message or call you with questions? (ALL the time!)  How often do they want to give up and throw in the towel? (That never ends!)  Pushing ourselves to learn a new skill gives us patience and empathy to be strong leaders for our newbies.

2) Learning something completely new gives us more life experience. With more life experience comes wisdom about how the world around us works. I have worked many different jobs in many different industries during my life.  Dental hygienist assistant, chain restaurant bartender, waitstaff service trainer, office administrator for university student union. Reflecting on what I’ve learned from each job there’s a common thread – the more I experience new situations, the more compassion I have for all people.  In my own business where making my clients feel heard and empowered is paramount to my mission, I often find myself thinking back to moments in those former jobs.  If we better understand the world and those in it, the more easily we can pinpoint our clients’ needs and how to best serve them.

I’m going to take a stab at learning about all things yoga.  Skeptical yoga will make me a better bookkeeping coach?  There’s only one way to find out; give us a call and let’s chat!