Sooo...remember in my 2012 goals list I talked about having to force myself to get out from behind my computer to promote my business? Well, one of my sub-goals to do this was to attend a minimum of two networking events per month. I'm already apart of two women's networking groups (one is pretty active and the other isn't so I probably won't renew my membership to that one) but I know that traditional networking groups are the way to go when you're first starting up. The problem is that I'm TERRIFIED to go to a networking breakfast! LOL It's ridiculous and I know, but it freaks me out to be in a room with a lot of more established business owners! It really makes me feel vulnerable. That said, I'm being true to my word and have talked to a woman today about attending a popular networking event next Tuesday morning!
To break through my nervousness I've been reframing how I perceive the event. Instead of thinking that I'm not good enough or I'm too new to be in the presence of more established business owners, I'm working to see it as my opportunity to learn from more experienced business people who will help me to grow my business. Like having a group of mentors rather than a group of people who may be criticizing me.
I think reframing is the best possible thing a person can do when they're faced with a scary situation like this. Obviously the fears that I have are all in my head. I don't know ANYONE in this group yet I immediately assume they're all wildly successful and look down on anyone who's just starting out and/or not willing to help. So instead of assuming the worst, I'm going to reframe it as a great learning experience as well as a great excuse to get my butt out of the house!
So that's networking gig #1 for January. Sadly the other networking event I was actually looking forward to didn't work out as it conflicted with my schedule but I know there's a general networking mingler in February and if this other networking group works out I'll be doing that again next month!
In other news, I've set some fitness and nutrition goals for the next three months. I recently bought a FitBook (a popular food/fitness journal) to see if I want to affiliate with them through my business and I want to try it out before I decide. FitBook is geared towards a system of three month goals which you focus on until you finish the book. So, I've decided that my three goals for the next three months are:
1. Fitness: Work out 5x per week
2. Food: Focus on portion control at dinner
3. Other: Write in FitBook daily
I also have some "stats" goals, these are to lose 20lbs and perform 50 non-modified push-ups.
To hold me accountable, I am blogging about this on my non-SP blog www.lifestastyadventures
starting today! I'll do this by blogging about which workout I did that day, posting a photo of what I ate for dinner and doing a push-up fitness test on a weekly basis to see where I'm at.
One incentive for this is getting fitted for my wedding dress. I'm not ordering a dress so I'm not going in right now to look, I'm waiting until about May. If I lose this 20lbs that puts me very close to my ultimate goal so that I wouldn't have much to take in if I drop another 10lbs or so by the wedding.
My big reward for achieving these goals is a new tattoo! I've had a new one in mind for over a year now and haven't gotten it yet so I thought this would be a great reward for all the hard work I'll have to do!