Reaching New Business Heights in the New Year
DIY Sprocket Solutions
Now that the New Year is here, the internet has exploded with goals and resolutions for 2014. Setting goals is never a bad thing –maintaining your goals for the entire year is a whole other ball game. So let’s take those yearly goals, and let’s bump them up a bit.
- Set Action Oriented Goals Throughout the Year. Blanket goals are great and all, but let’s be real. It’s much easier to maintain and actually accomplish goals with a clear start/end/purpose. So map out several smaller steps along the way and document your success and failure as the year progresses. This is a great opportunity for you to adjust your plan as you go in order to stay on track.
- Anticipate Setbacks Ahead of Time. Goals are just that, goals. There is never a year without any setbacks. Before you kick your plan into action, be sure that you take a step back and evaluate what could potentially go wrong. This way, you can be better prepared and it might take a bit of the sting out when things don’t go exactly according to plan.
- Pick a Few Risks to Take. Some of us are big risk-takers in business and some of us can barely crack that door open. Choose what new risks you want to try this year and research what you can ahead of time. Don’t spend the whole year thinking and planning though. That’s why you’re carefully selecting your risks ahead of time –so you’re mentally prepared for whatever outcome.
- Get Organized Before You Jump In. Start off with a clean slate. Get your books in order, clean up your client lists, update your website and social media sites, check out any apps or programs that can get you running more efficiently and productively, etc. Start the year off as a well oiled machine and then you can focus more of your energy on your new goals.
- Be Real With Yourself: Evaluate Last Year. The end of a year/beginning of the next is the perfect time for reflection. While you’re planning your plan of attack for the year, look back and see what worked and what didn’t work for you last year. Be real with yourself. If there are things you need to change, now is the time. Don’t put it off for another year and don’t dive into next year carrying the same problems from before.
I wish you all luck with setting and maintaining your New Years goals. 365 days is a long time to stick to the script, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. What are your business goals this year and what are you going to do differently to make sure that you keep them? Share below, I’d love to hear from you!