I'm not a big believer in New Year's resolutions. They imply that you're not already good enough. I view self-improvement as an ongoing process and try to take on new challenges and opportunities as they come up. Some of my previous undertakings include:
- starting my own Lean In Circle
- finding meaningful volunteer opportunities: I'm now on the leadership team of the NYC Lady Project and a volunteer at the NYC Ballet
- earning a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate and using it to teach yoga professionally
- learning to swim as an adult
- getting a Master's degree
- learning to curl my hair
- taking Mandarin classes
- oh, and taking the leap to start my own company
So what are my goals for 2016 as a new entrepreneur?
- Banishing self-doubt
- Befriending more male entrepreneurs
Self-doubt is the wickedest, sneakiest, most insidious problem that I could face, and no one but me can control the impact it has on my work. Am I an expert? Am I credible? And on, and on, and on.
The toughest thing about self-doubt is that it's really (really) difficult to identify in the moment. I lost an entire week of my life debating my need for a second Master's degree. Spoiler alert: I decided one was enough.
One of those key feminist litmus tests is to ask, "are men doing this?" If the answer is no, I take a second look at my assumptions. And this brings me to my second goal: befriending more male entrepreneurs. The (admittedly few) guys I know who are building companies are focused on moving their businesses forward, not questioning whether they ought to be there in the first place. At least, that's been my impression so far.
I want some of that confidence to rub off on me.