Editor’s note: Triangle entrepreneur and thought leader Jes Averhart, CEO of Jes & Co and host of the “Reinvention Road Trip,” joins WRAL TechWire today as a regular contributor. She will be exploring a variety of topics with an emphasis on reinvention in these trying times of COVID. Her columns appear on Thursdays.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – “You’ll never influence the world by being just like it!” — (An Anonymous but Very Wise Person)
Greetings from Boone, NC! For the last seven years, my family has made an annual pilgrimage over the holidays to Western North Carolina. We stake claim to a cabin, play cards, puzzle, and watch holiday movies in front of a fireplace. As my mom and son get older, it’s a tradition that has become sacred to me. I slow down. I’m present.
Inevitably, on the morning of the second day, coffee in hand, phone out of reach, and a cabin still asleep, my mind starts to wander. My wanderlust goes in all sorts of directions and eventually I begin to dream about “what’s next?” When you give your mind space to wander, you can take mental risks, playing them out to see where they might lead. You can imagine a future without limits and some of your best ideas might appear like an apparition.
In the next few days, I’ll take the ideas from my ‘wandering session’ and develop them for 2022 using 7 steps that have helped me year after year. They are both practical and dare I say…fun!. If you’re looking for a breakout year, start here.
Decide that this is the year your dreams matter and you matter. (Write down why. That’s your North Star.)
Choose a specific goal (or three) that move you closer to your dream. I start each year with three “Gold Rings.” These are personal and professional goals that are big, a little scary, but achievable.
Level up in pursuit of being a better and healthier version of you. A fun way to gamify this is to create a 30/30/30 Superset.
You matter. Hire a coach, join an online community or pay for a class. (Often we don’t prioritize things until we invest our hard-earned $$, so invest in yourself.)
Set aside an hour and add your new commitments to your calendar. Remove the things that no longer serve you. (Yes, schedule time with yourself. You’re good company!)