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Unapologetically Canadian
Unapologetically Canadian

Episode 50 · 1 year ago

Resolutions 2021: Setting up to win

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How can I go forward into this year in a positive way that gives me energy?
Set up clear accountability goals that scare me a little. Rely on other people more. Automate more functions. 

My name is Tracy Ael and I am unapologetically Canadian. So this week I'm talking about resolutions for two thousand and twenty one, and this is a I think it's really, really important this year. I always do resolutions for my coming year, but this year, with the closing down of my trail for the pandemic this week and I've been feeling very victimy lists this week, I've just been kind too much paperwork and not enough change of scenery and no break and too busy and all that kind of stuff. So I didn't take as much about holiday over the over Christmas as I should have, and so I really need to reset. So I want I as I was a working out my resolutions for the year and my plans for the year, I really wanted to focus on how I can go forward into this year in a positive way that gives me energy and so and I finally got that through. It's took...

...me a while. I my word of the year is peace, which I think is so inspiring. I just think the world needs a lot more peace and I'm really really happy to take that on as a personal mission and and already it's helped be, helped me be a little less intense with my projects. I'm always really intense anyway, but the word piece is is very helpful in relating with it to people. And my theme for this year is creativity. I do a five year business plan which I finally just about finished. I'm still have the financial goals to finish for everything after the first year. And but, and I take a theme every year because I this year is creativity. Last year was marketing. I really think it's important to have one overwriting goal for a year so that when you're trying to decide between projects that...

...all of which are really fast and always so fascinating, to do too much, that if you want to cut things down, it's a little easier. If you remember this is not a training year, this is not a marketing year, this is a creativity year. So if it has to do with making a new course or writing a new book or or creating something new, than I'm on for it. But if it's in addition, I mean I have natural marketing projects during the year and I participated in these. I just the Canadian freelance guild has a marketing challenge every two months which is on right now, and I so I've always participated in that. So it's not like I put my marketing goals aside, but if I'm if I'm trying to add something that's not part of the usual routine, it will not be added this year unless it has to do with creativity. So that that was really exciting. And so there's but as you know, if you've been following me for a while, I do way too many things and so last year I ended...

...up getting a little overwhelmed with some of that. So this year I'm going to do three things to try and help myself get back on track and to say none of more things. And that's the first one, is to set up clear accountability goals. That scare me a little, and then includes, because of then a Ramo and the fact that I, for the first time ever, attract my word count per day and my word count per month. I've got a clear word count that I want to get done per each month in the and I've set up four different sprints. So the first three the first sprint the first quarter. I've got January, Febry, March and I've got a clear word count. I've got a blog count, I've got a number of podcast count and if it turns out that the first sprint is a little bit too rush to put too much in there, then I'll change the second sprint. I've written out the first, second, third and fourth sprints what I want to do looking at it from now, but I will change them according to what actually happens as I go forward. So I think that's...

...a really enforced important way. There's word count revenue, there's revenue goals, there's product goals. So I have a couple of books that several different books that I want to get done this year. I have some courses that I'm launching. The next version in profile your business is coming up in February. I'm really excited about that because I've now connected. Basically, my goal is to help all Canadians find their life purpose and I do that through my three main courses, which your profile Your Business, profile your ancestors and right to grow. And so profile your business and we spend so much time in our business. It's really important to make sure that Your Business and your personality and everything that you want to accomplish as an individual is reflected in what you do for work. Otherwise you're going to be miserable. And so profile. Your Business is the key element to that profile your ancestor. You would be surprised at how much your identity is based on decisions that your ancestors made and who...

...they were. And and basically, culture comes from many years of ancestors and and most people don't recognize that. It's really hard to to get a handle on that unless you start looking into your life. Like I didn't realize that I had an ancestor who lived in Montreal, right where I'm living now. I never understood my connection to this place until I've realized that it was probably genetic because my so many of my ancestors lived in this area and there's you know, I mean that's probably a story I'm telling myself. But since I specialized and stories went up and I think that when you look at the your ancestors, you can come up with a lot of really more meaningful stories so that you can have meaningful meaning in your life. And so profile ancestor is all about helping people do that. And then the third one is right to grow. That's one that's going to be launched later this year and that's all about personal growth and using writing as a way to discover who you are and...

...what you're doing. A lot of people are not writers and this one is geared to people who are not normally writers, because if you're a writer, then you know how to do this, but if you're not a writer and you do some writing exercises, you can discover a lot about who you are and what you want. You can actually win it when you're conflicted about a decision, you can actually work it out through writing. It's really I'm really looking forward to developing that course more. It's very excited and it can, like I said, it connects my to help you find out what your purpose is here and to make sure that you feel good about about accomplishing that. So that's that. That's under the accountability as well for the courses. I have several books linked to those and I have several books that are already underway that I have a schedule for accomplishing those as well and publishing them, and I've good divided it up into prelaunch, launch and create so that I have...

...less, so that I'm doing less at any one time, but that I still can see where my goals are going. And so obviously a change my sprints. If the first one turns out to be too busy, as it probably is, because I always take on too much, but it's really exciting to to be able to have a strategy for how I'm going to accomplish what I want to accomplish this year. And I also got some really, really cool idea from Michael L Ron. I don't know if you're part of his list, but he has. He sent an email this week talking about his product productivity hack, and he uses word count as a way to make sure that he accomplishes because he is a novel writer and he also has he's also a law student, he's raising a family and he also has he does videos and a podcast and a blog about leveling up as a writer and he's really...

...into data collection and productivity hacks and one of the things that he does is he's connected his word Count Review to so the first twenty fivezero words, key gets to write about his novel, which is the thing he likes doing most, and then after that the next tenzo words is about his business. So he gets his emails written ahead of time, his blog post written ahead of time, and that's the second part, and then he gets go back to the novel writing and he actually he had a part three to that. I'm not sure it. Can't remember what it is, but anyway, I thought that was a really good idea because it includes it makes basically you can set yourself up to accomplish your goals using accountability markers, and so I haven't included that in my sprint because it's just a brand new idea, but I will be thinking about it in the first sprint to see that if I can do that for the second sprint and I'll report on that for you at the nearing the end of this quarter when I do, and that my next solo episode. I have some amazing episodes coming up in the podcast this month. I'm...

...so excited. There's I mean more who is a researcher in Ontario. She focuses on hip hop and black history and in she's in Windsor, Ontario, and I'm so looking forward to introducing you to her. I have a permaculture farmer and a good friend, Stephan some KAWEA keys. I've got an interview with him this month. It's it's going to be great on the podcast this month and I hope that you keep listening and I would love to know in the meantime what your goals for two thousand and twenty one are and how you have set yourself up to accomplish them. And I if you're interested in genealogy, I'll be doing two presentations at the virtual genealogy conference next week and I will put a link to that in the show notes. You can hear my presentation about the king's daughters for ten dollars. You can hear my presentation about land records for separate ten dollars, and there's a bunch of other speakers that...

I'm really honored to be performed presenting with, and they're also presenting a lot of stuff about Quebec and genealogy. And if you're in North America you probably had some ancestors who came through Quebec, and so this is your way to learn about how to find out about them if that, if you're interested in that. And the farmer's marketing for done is happening in February, and so if you're interested in that, I will put links to the show notes and for that as well. And if you're anywhere else and you're interested in local living, then just keeps stay tuned and I really hope to hear what it is that you're doing for two thousand and twenty one. It's we have no choice but to make it as good as possible. Since we can't get together, then I think that it's up to us to try and come up with some goals so that we can be creative on our own, so that when we can get together we'll have lots to share, and I guess that's my hope for you. He's thank you for listening to an apologetically Canadian. This...

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