Goodbye 2014, hello 2015

I never was a big fan of looking back and, in fact, looking into the future either. I’ve never been. I live in present. Paul calls me pessimist when it comes down to it. I can’t help myself. I just don’t like it. But over the holidays I’ve been taking a 30-day goal setting challenge with Chalene Johnson, the best-selling New York times author. Her book is called PUSH, by the way. I haven’t got it but the content and the techniques she teaches in the course are also in the book. Anyway. Today it hit me why I wasn’t able to focus and set my goals realistically. I mean I can focus on tasks and get them done but what I couldn’t do is to focus on long term goals. Something was stopping me because I was scared to look ahead into the future. I just took days day by day and hoped for the best.  I am a risk taker and I’m ambitious. I’m able to change the direction of my path and I’m not afraid to rely on myself and my actions. I’ve done it loads of times. But I needed to find my “push goal” to give me more long term direction. I spent this afternoon writing down goals, identifying key goals and my priority goal. I will write a post on that in the New Year. If you want to make 2015 your best year ever here are my 3 top tips I learnt so far:

1. Write down your top 10 goals which include your family, spouse, purpose/career, mental and spiritual health and your financial situation. Don’t worry about what order they are in, just write as they come into your head.

2. Identify the goal which might not be the most important one but it’s the one which will have great impact on your other goals. So for example, if your goal was to find a new well paid job and you actually do it, your financial situation will improve and therefore you probably go on holiday in the summer. So straight away you can tick off 3 goals of your list. This is the push goal. 

3. Be realistic and break down your larger goals. Be specific. It’s not enough to write down ” I want to start my own business” or “I want to find a new job”. You need to be more detailed here. I want to work as… “your job title”. This is where I was going wrong. And that’s why I was never keen to set goals at all. I was just too broad. I didn’t specify and that’s why it never worked. 

If you’re like me and want to be more focused, change your path or be more organised go and check out these two resources:
1. Charlene Johnson
2. Best Year Ever

Anyway. As I’m planning for 2015 I’m also looking back at 2014. For the first time in my life! I started the year with one project, no social media presence or activity and no marketing plan or strategy for my blog or business.  I started literally from zero. I didn’t have a vision. The only thing I knew was my style and how different I am from anybody else in the market.

Now when I look back, I have achieved much more than I thought I would. I have a growing audience on my blog and social media. I’m around 160 on FB, 180 on Instagram and  460 on Twitter and around the same on Bloglovin. All grown organically over the last 6 months (except Bloglovin). As I wrote yesterday I was a slow starter! I have my growing tribe, KB Design Club which grew over 200% between November and December. I have new clients approaching me for design advice, tips and my consultancy work.

As someone told me: one shouldn’t measure success by numbers but by what you think was a success to you! Not comparing yourself to anybody else. So as I reflect on my 2014 I can say that it was a successful year for me in many ways. It proves that I’m now on the right track and that I’m able to do what I love… for living.

So here’s to you and your dreams. Have no fear. That’s the key. Last night I was watching Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and he asked the butler: “What if I can’t do it” and the butler replied “Just be yourself. No one can take it away from you”.

Here’s to a fantastic 2015!

Karolina Barnes

PS. In case you’ve missed it. Here are my 3 most popular posts of 2014:

1. Useful Resources for your life and business

Useful resources for life and business

2. Designing around large patterned wallpaper




3. 5 British interiors bloggers




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