The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time that brings out a lot of creativity. It’s the time we make lists and plans, set out goals and set our new year’s resolutions.
And it’s the time to reflect on what has happened the year before, pat ourselves on the shoulder for our achievements and figure out what we could have done to make things better.
Now, I’ve never been good at this. I’ve always written my resolutions on a piece of paper that usually ends up in a dark corner in my top drawer. And I’ve never been the one to brag about my successes: I’m extremely self-critical, and I tend to see the negative rather than the positive when it comes to what I do.
2016, however, has made me realise that I should take pride in my achievements. It made me understand that being too critical and belittling my successes, always saying “I could have done more”, only changes the perception that others have of me. Nothing more. It doesn’t really push me to do better. It just makes me feel less valuable and confident.
On the contrary, recognizing what I’ve achieved and celebrating it has proven to be a strong motivator to do even more. Better results, more champagne, right? 😉
So here’s my farewell to a great year, and my new year’s resolutions for an even better one.
I was nominated for two prestigious national student awards. I didn’t win, but I was among the 5 finalists for the former, and 3 finalists for the latter, and that was a BIG DEAL. Plus I was invited to the two gorgeous awards ceremonies, one of which was at the House of Lords!
I won the runner-up prize in the Make It Happen competition at London South Bank University in the Freelance category: it was the first time I won a prize for my business, and it meant the world to me.
I contributed to the launch of LSBU’s Business Solutions Centre, a student-led advice clinic for small businesses. It has been one of the greatest and most satisfying adventures of my life. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done in setting up the Centre with all its processes, and the work we’ve been doing every week since last April.
I had the chance to present at Language Show Live in London and in Scotland. I received very positive feedback, and it was truly fantastic. Also, I was invited to deliver a workshop for the Interpreting division of the Chartered Institute of Linguists in 2017 as a result of the presentation I gave in October.
I was chosen to work on a massive product marketing project for the Marketing department of my university, which is still ongoing.
I did lots of networking, and I had lots of fun doing it. I met very interesting people, other freelancers and new clients. And I got free drinks and food on the side, which was a big plus 😉
I completed all the modules in my Master’s with excellent results.
Although I started two new jobs that kept me busy on a full-time basis for at least 4 months, and I studied for my Master’s, I still managed to record a +1,37% yearly growth for my translation business alone. This makes me very, very proud.
Finally, this was the year I truly developed my entrepreneurial spirit, and I now feel more confident, more focus and more driven.
As I said, celebrating my successes gives me the confidence to set the bar higher. This year I won’t leave my resolutions in a dark corner: they will stay here, in this public space, a constant reminder of this new year enthusiasm.
My new year’s resolutions:
Complete and deliver my Master’s dissertation without procrastinating too much;
Speak at translation events, possibly one of them outside of the UK;
Further develop my skills as an advisor/consultant;
Take a copywriting course;
Take a coaching course;
Rewrite the copy on my website and finally translate it in Italian;
Meet in person some of the amazing colleagues I’ve met online in 2016;
Develop and launch project X (this is a secret :P)
Take my business back to the level it was before I started my Master’s and my other jobs, then take it from there;
Go out more and enjoy more of what London has to offer;
Dedicate more time to friends;
Dedicate more time to myself: maybe try a healthier diet, do some exercise, get massages…
Travel more! I want to go on at least 3 trips abroad this year;
Go to my parents’ 30th-anniversary celebration.
There are no hard business objectives in here as I feel they’re a different thing from new years’ resolutions. There’s another place for those, and that’s my business plan.
I hope this year will mark the beginning of a new era for me; an era where resolutions are destinations to reach, and not just empty words on a piece of paper.