Forget about the Mayan calendar, that big monster the Apocalypse, and those stomach churning scenarios you’ve created for your impending doom in 2012. It’s time to stop listening to those incessant naysayers and chanel your inner powerhouse for the year ahead.
Allowing ourselves the time to pack our bags and head on over to fantasy Island as we dream up all of the changes for the year ahead is what makes New Year’s Resolutions so addictive. But, the problem comes when most of us kick those resolution addictions to the curb faster than you can say goodbye. Take our advice to make resolutions that are just as addicting to keep as they are to create.
1. Analyze the situation
Making those big resolutions usually relies on an initial evaluation. Take a look back at all of your company’s data from this past year. When did you have your best month of year and why? Where you doing something different during this time? When did you see a decline in your business, if any? Asking yourself specific questions as you review last year’s reports will help you see where your focus should be in 2012.
2. Pick 3
Once you are able to identify where things went well and where they could have gone a lot better, it’s time to hash out those goals. Take some time alone to really reflect on the last year. To allow yourself to be excited for everything you’ve accomplished and to understand what you really want for next year. Everyone’s first instinct when making resolutions is to plan for a complete 180 in business (and life) in just one short year. Don’t be afraid to dream, just make sure to go back through your list and pick 3 key goals that you know are positive, attainable resolutions for the next year.
3. Plan it out
This may seem obvious, but so many businesses fail because they have elaborate concepts, but lack any solid plan to back them up. Once you have decided on three ideal goals for the new year, grab a calendar and start planing out exactly how you are going to get there. If you want to double your company’s revenue by December of next year, what needs to happen in the months leading up to that? Do you need to gain 5 more clients? Hire additional sales people? Understanding the details now makes everything 10x easier in the future when you are knee deep in the growing process.
So what is your plan for the new year?
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