The great thing about a new year is that it gives us an opportunity to assess and shift. New beginnings help us take stock and provide us with an excuse, if you will, to make change. So, why not take advantage of this opportunity and really set the wheels in motion?!
Where is your business today and where would you like it to be? Are there things you'd like to add, change, get rid of? Would you like to increase sales? Create a new product or service? Add staff? Well, there's no time like the present to make those changes. The key is to do it in a way that you can actually realize the results of those changes. So let's take a look at a process that can help you harness the new year.
1. Take stock: Take a good, honest look at your business as it stands. What is working? What isn't? This will give you an idea of what to change.
2. Decide on no more than 3 initiatives. Sometimes we get so excited about wanting to change that we go overboard. The result is usually disappointing. I submit that this is one of the reasons that we often times DON'T realize our goals. So, keep it small. You can always add initiatives once one or more are realized.
3. Figure out what the first steps are and put them on a calendar. Actually make them appointments. And keep the amount of time you spend on them small. You can always add time if you find you are getting a lot done. However, if you block out too much time you may find yourself 'cancelling' the appointment because you don't think you can spare the time. The danger here is not getting things done and not rescheduling the time.
So, as easy as 1-2-3 you can prepare your business for positive change and realize greater success in 2013. And if you find you could use some help with planning or accountability, get it! I am happy to provide you with a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation to help you set your plan in motion. I also offer TAP - Touchpoint Accountability Program. This phone coaching program is designed to keep you on track.