As we approach year-end, now is the perfect time to reflect, re-focus and re-energize yourself and your business. It’s time to prepare so you can reach new levels of success this year.
Preparation starts with planning and it works best when you follow some simple steps.
5 Steps To A Better Year
Look Back. Take a few minutes to look at where you are today in your business and personally. What do you like and dislike? How do your sales, profit, and other key results compare to the prior year or the goals you set at this time last year? Are you ahead or behind? What about your personal goals? Did you make progress on your financial, family, health, social and other goals you set?
Acknowledge Accomplishments. A natural tendency at this point is to focus on what you didn’t get done or what you could have done better. It’s important to acknowledge what you did accomplish, big or small. Take the time to pat yourself on the back and thank the team of people who made it possible.
Learn & Adjust. No matter how much you plan or how well you execute, some things may not work out as you expected. We tend to view these as failures. But if you learn from mistakes and make changes to improve it next time, you haven’t really failed. You simply delayed success! Don’t dwell on it. Make adjustments in the coming year and move on.
Reset Goals. What do you want to be, do, have or accomplish in 2017? Think big, but be realistic — keep your goals to a manageable number. It’s difficult to stay focused if you have too many critical goals.
Identify Key Tasks. Results come from doing. Therefore, you need to identify the tasks or activities you need to do in order to achieve the goals you set. For example, a common goal for business owners includes revenue growth. So if you want to increase your sales by 15% next year, what do you need to do (or do differently) to get there?
Write down your goals and supporting tasks. Assign responsibilities (even if it’s you). Set deadlines. You now have the key elements of an action plan. With a roadmap to guide you, focus on implementation, the most important part! In doing so, you will accomplish and achieve more in 2017.
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