What might hold back you and your business in 2020?  
 
What should you leave behind in 2019, what should you let go of? Is there some baggage that has been weighing you down or slowing down your progress? How long have you been carrying around this baggage? Where did it come from? The corporate world? Bad habits you have picked up? Criticisms or feedback that keep nagging away at you? Let it all go! 
 
As a business owner, entrepreneur and professional what do you want to take with you on your journey? 
 
Cassie Footman Clarity Business and Personal Coach, blogger and speaker
Baggage in business ownership 
 
So you may have seen, I was away recently. I had an amazing trip out to Australia and over to Bali where I co-delivered with my amazing mentor Mac. We delivered our millionaire business builder program, it was actually the run up to that trip away that got me thinking. And it got me thinking about something that I wanted to share with you before the end of the year. So this is the chance that I've now created to do that. I was packing and I had a list, I always have to have a list because, the old me used to just keep everything in my head and then I would forget something. Then, I'd get really, really annoyed that I'd forgotten an essential item and then I'd get distracted, it just didn't work. So something I've learned is to get a lot of structure in my life, which have to say it hasn't been easy, but Oh my goodness me, it has really served me because it's given me a lot more freedom anyway, I'm in danger of getting off track. 
 
Do you need it all for your journey? 
 
So what I wanted to share with you is that before I went away, I realised that some of the weight of the luggage that I could take with me was going to be restricted, particularly one of the airlines. So I needed to make sure that the weight of my luggage met a particular limit and I didn't go over it. And you know, sometimes, because I like to be organised and be prepared for every eventuality I end up taking far too much stuff with me, but I couldn't do that this time, so I had to be really, really careful. So I had to be very conscious and very choosy about only taking with me the essential items, this just got me thinking that actually as we travel into 2020 the it's going to be really important that we think about and we plan what our essential items are going to be for our journey for next year. 
 
Accumulating baggage is too easy 
 
Sometimes when we go away, we might be in a bit of a rush and we end up just grabbing any or bag and shoving stuff in it. And before you know it, you've ended up with a bag of stuff that either isn't useful or actually it wasn't quite what you needed or it wasn't what you want. If you're female and you've got a handbag, it's quite likely that you've been in a situation where you've been carrying baggage around with you on your shoulder because you go in your handbag to look for something and all of a sudden you realise that you've got a bag full of stuff and it's stuff that you know, you don't use or it's tissues or a lipstick or used up train tickets, loose change at the bottom or perhaps even a set of keys that you've been looking for. 
 
What's weighing you down in business? 
 
But it's very easy for us to accumulate these kinds of things and then we kind of carry them around. When you carrying this stuff, it really weighs you down. Since the last eight months, I don't use handbags anymore because I can't stand carrying baggage and 'stuff' around with me. So where am I going with this? We're coming up to the end of 2019 I want to really encourage you to really stop and think about what baggage, I mean, baggage weighs you down. It's not the nice stuff to take with you. What baggage are you in danger of taking with you into 2020 you know what stuff is just hanging around that isn't serving you. It's just taking your energy away from you, it's not supporting you. What stuff could you just let go of and not take with you into 2020? Have a think about it in terms of mindset; what things are, notice what you tell yourself on a regular basis. 
 
Identifying your baggage 
 
What do you tell yourself on a regular basis? Do you say, you know, you can't do this, or do you say you're stupid? Because if you do, it's just the kind of baggage that you hang it, that you're taking around and it's going to drag you down. Start to notice, start to become aware of what's the baggage that you're hanging in, taken around that's hanging around you that actually you don't need anymore, that you can let go off because it's not serving you in the air of the mindset.  
 
Money related baggage 
 
I know there's lots of people I've worked with this last 12 months actually I've had some real money blocks, at the time they didn't realize, but they actually had some real issues around financials and money and the whole money mindset actually wasn't serving them and helping them move forward and create the kind of lifestyle that they wanted. 
 
Are you the kind of person that lets bills pile up? Are you the kind of person that pays yourself last and pays everybody else? That's what I'm talking about, that's exactly the kind of baggage that you could be taking into 2020 that's not going to serve you.  
 
Baggage will be slowing you right down 
 
Momentum is about moving forward, about keeping things moving. Sometimes the baggage barrier might be keeping stuff in your head. A big challenge for me has been getting stuff out of my head, writing it down, created a plan, and then actually allowing other people to help. Or even just getting other people in who actually did things far better than I did to actually then be able to create that momentum and fly. So sometimes we can also have baggage in areas of our business relationships. 
 
People around you 
 
Sometimes there are relationships that just don't serve as, sometimes there are people that we can spend time with actually they're a bit like drains. They're just kind of drainers of all that energy and it's just hard work and we feel exhausted coming away. It doesn't have to be that way. You can actually choose which relationships to turn the fuel upon and wants to perhaps turn the field down on. And I'll share a little bit about relationships in the coming days as well because I've got something that I think would be really helpful to some of you.  
 
Now is not the time to slow the pace! 
 
Momentum is really important. Going into 2020 don't stop and not do anything now, particularly if you run a business, don't stop fold your arms, put your feet up for a few weeks. If you're looking for clients and you're needing to bring in a consistent revenue and it requires you to put effort and energy into your business to, do not start sitting back, putting your feet up and not doing anything is actually going to cause a lag in the first quarter of 2020 so this stuff may be that needs to be attended to. 
 
Choose what to take into 2020 
 
Instead of all that baggage that weighs you down, choose luggage instead, some nice luggage to take with you. So I encourage you to choose consciously, what do you want more of in 2020 what do you want less of in 2020 what? What do you want to let go of? What do you want to attract in? And you know, sometimes this might even be just as simple as decluttering at home because have you ever noticed that if you're in a really messy place and this stuff everywhere, actually it's really difficult to think, to concentrate, to relax, to find peace in the environment that you're in. So it could be something as simple as that.  
 
I encourage you to have a think about what are three things, just three things that you are doing regularly that doesn't serve you or perhaps it isn't supporting you in some way. 
 
Just three things. What are those three things? Share with me because actually if you share those things with me there, it will also help me to help you even more because one of the things I want to do more of in 2020 is more video. I've got so much that I really want to share. And one of the key things for me for this coming year is actually making it possible to work with more people. So I'm doing a lot more collaboration and I'm doing a lot more sharing, I've got some news that I will share with you in the new year around that as well, because cause it's quite exciting!  
 
Just one thing for you... 
 
What is one thing, one change that you can make to your lifestyle that would give you more peace? Just one. Have a little think about it, but share with me, let me know because I'd love to see if there's something there that you know resonates with me or resonates with other people that perhaps I can also share a bit more information on! Let me know! You can email me hello@cassiefootman.com or DM/comment on my social channels: 
 
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