2016 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year.
Not because Island Muse is a household name and business is booming, but simply because this year has been an amazing journey of self discovery and self awareness. I know who I am as a woman, a blogger and an aspiring business owner. I’ve defined my niche and I love my beautiful tribe. Each day I’m bursting with new ideas and I love the adrenaline rush I get from researching and obtaining knowledge. To many, it seems I’ve created a perfect environment for success.
So what’s the problem? The problem is I don’t always do the things that are going to propel me to the next level. I don’t always complete my to do lists, I don’t always get up early before work, and I don’t always complete my blog posts on the weekends. In 2015 I promised myself I’d be doing all these things to keep me focused and on track to achieving my goals in 2016. As I sat down last weekend for yet another planning session, I suddenly thought to myself “gosh Saki like wtf!” It dawned on me that it’s time to stop. To stop planning and hoarding information and simply execute. After speaking with a few of my side hustling girlfriends, it was comforting to know that I’m not the only one dealing with this issue.
For many like myself, execution is scary because it involves a certain level of risk and more importantly accountability. Throughout my life I’ve always been praised for my superb research skills, and I love to learn. Thus, I’ve taken quite the liking to webinars and teleclasses. However the truth is none of this matters if there’s no execution. There’s no success in failing to execute a plan or idea, no matter how much time and energy you’ve devoted to the planning process or how good the idea may be.
I recently read a quote on Instagram that spoke to me in so many ways and confirmed what I already knew; 2016 needs to be a year of doing. A year of execution.
The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.
The truth is we sometimes plan and plan because we simply don’t want to do the real work. I know this is hard to admit in an era where most women are calling themselves #girlbosses and seem to have it all figured out. I’m in no way saying that time shouldn’t be dedicated to planning, strategizing and learning, but there comes a point when we need to put down the checklists and get to work.
So if you’re like me, 2016 is off to a great start due in part to your planning, thinking and soul-searching. However the truth is we no longer have an excuse. We’ve dreamt it. We’re working hard. Now it’s time to grind til we own it.