A Rather Different Approach to Planning for 2009

By , Business Growth & Marketing Expert

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Sandra P. Martini - Business Growth & Marketing Expert

As I plan for 2009 and reflect on all that happened in 2008, I realize that there are several things I was tolerating in 2008 which will not be a part of my 2009.

You may choose to call this “adhering to boundaries” or “acknowledging and eliminating pet peeves”, I simply refer to it as clearing space.

After all, if my energy isn’t being usurped by the things which take, rather than nourish, there’s more space for those things which I want to attract.

Here’s a partial list of those things (and people) which (who) won’t be coming with me into the New Year (warning, this isn’t for the faint-hearted):

  • Vendors who don’t meet the terms of our agreement (they’ve been fired)
  • Clients who want everything and yet implement nothing (yes, I’ve let a few go)
  • Biz owners who fail to recognize the importance of building relationships and being authentic (we can tell when you’re being inauthentic, REALLY!)
  • Companies who don’t know the meaning of customer service or who retain employees who don’t believe in it (I’m boycotting)
  • Negative Nellies (I wish them well and would gleefully welcome them back into my life if they could display some optimism)
  • Voicemail messages with no contact info, no real message (just “call me”) and no good time to return the call (do everyone a favor, leave a detailed message with your phone or email so we can actually get back to you)
  • Ditto incoming faxes with no return contact info (DUH!)
  • Sales letters which promise the world and don’t even deliver a county (we’re back to being authentic)
  • “No shows” who schedule a call and don’t call or reschedule (this one shows absolutely no respect for the person being called)

In case you’re wondering, the above isn’t negative…it’s about respecting my time, energy and “self” — after all, those things we tolerate have a way of taking over and affecting our creativity, ability to manifest and general well-being.  And my family, and clients, deserve the best me I can give them.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you were tolerating in 2008 and how your 2009 will be different — I’d love to hear from you!  And remember, YOU control your environment — no one else.

Creator of Escalator Marketing, Sandra Martini specializes in showing small business owners how to create a business with multiple streams of revenue while living their lives.  Known for her "tell it like it is" yet nurturing approach, Sandy's clients benefit from her over 20 years in the start-up and marketing fields.

© Copyright 2008 Sandra P. Martini
4 comments on “A Rather Different Approach to Planning for 2009
  1. Linda (aka BluButterfly) says:

    Boy did you hit the nail on the head. Personally (I call it a peeve) I feel those who do not follow through with what they say are just plain disrespectful. They probably don’t respect themselves. My time is valuable and when someone shows up “when they get around to it” you might as well have spit on my shoe. Who we are is who we attract. Positive energized people send out the homing signals to draw like thinking people to them. 2009 is gonna rock. We know from 2008 what we will not tolerate. (Look at all the precious time wasted on bafoons)
    Let’s kick it up, and start the New Year off with an attitude of gratitude!


  2. Andrew Windham says:


    i think someone has stolen my person and placed em in your body. Super great post and looking forward to an incredible 2009 with ya!


  3. Hi Linda and Andrew,

    Thanks so much for your posts!

    And remember, it’s about letting go of what we DON’T want to make room for what we DO want! 🙂

    Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

    Sandy 🙂

  4. Sandra,

    Congratulations on exorcising these time and energy wasters from your life. I’ve done the same thing. The toughest are having relatives who are Negative Nellies, but I’ve drawn the line on them too.

    Thanks for sharing your list.

    Happy New Year.

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