Like most people and especially small business owners, tax season is a stressful time. Every year, my CPA provides us with a review of changes in tax laws and filing guidelines. I’m grateful to have such a talented person like her and a team who takes expert care in areas where I’m clueless. Taxes aside, Kathy enjoys her work and is the first to acknowledge that it’s not the thrill for numbers and tax laws that get her out of bed each day, it’s the reward of knowing that her service is making a difference in the lives of others. Atypical of any CPA that I have met, Kathy always finds a way to share words of encouragement and a reminder that each new (tax) year also brings opportunity to begin anew. I want to share with you what she wrote for 2020 in the spirit of incorporating a few things into your own plan.
- Start spending time with the right people. These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. These are the people who make you feel more alive, who not only embrace who you are now, but also what your aspiring to be.
- Start facing your problems head on. It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you act. It’s all about taking small steps in the right direction and following through that count.
- Start being honest with yourself about everything. Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on.
- Start noticing and living in the present. Right now, is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now, is life. So, stop thinking about how great things will be in the future. Stop dwelling on what did or didn’t happen in the past. Appreciate the world for the splendor it holds right now.
- Start valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you. Mistakes are okay; they’re the steppingstones of progress. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not trying hard enough and you’re not learning. Take risks, stumble, fall, and then get up and try again. One of the mistakes you fear might just be the link to your greatest achievement yet.
- Start taking full accountability for your own life. Own your choices and your mistakes and be willing to take the necessary steps to improve upon them. Either you take accountability for your life or someone else will. And when they do, you’ll become a slave to their ideas and their dreams instead of a pioneer of your own. You’re the only one who directly control the outcome of your life.
- Start concentrating on the things you can control. You can’t change everything, but you can change something. Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation. Knock it off and start focusing your power on things you can change.