Last year I did a huge project that consisted of doing production work. I created 100 pieces each, of two different styles of jewelry.
I looked at this new opportunity as a way to grow my business, and make money for my bottom line. I spent 3 months working on that project, sourcing materials, making samples, prepping everything, and making all those piece over and over again.
It was a tough 3 months, and when it was over and I shipped everything out, I said I was never going to do that again. Of course when I looked back at my year I considered the year a success, but I don't know if that new projects really fit into my true definition of success.
After taking on that project, at the beginning of this year I sat down and really thought about what my personal definition of success was going to be for my business in 2013.
Have you defined what success is for your business?
Take a moment and make a list of 4 or 5 peak moments in your business. (Peak moments are when you tried something new, stepped beyond the usual, and felt fulfilled doing what you love.)
Review your list for insight:
How did you feel during those moments?
What did they teach you, and how did they make you happy?
How did the decisions you had to make change your business?
What do those moments say about what's important to you?
The beauty of acknowledging your peak moments is that you can use that info to create your own definition of success.
Once you have your definition of success it will be easy to decide what projects you want to do, where you want to grow, and how much money you want to make, while enjoying doing what you love.