Originally published: 12/21/2009
I don’t know about you, but for me, this time of year is c-r-a-z-y!! It is busy, busy — preparing for the holidays, reflecting back over the past year — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and preparing for next year.
There were some goals I didn’t meet and others I did. I didn’t take as many training classes as I would have liked, but I did continue to delve deeper and deeper into Infusionsoft, a web-based program I’ve worked in for several years, and dabbled in WordPress, as well as WishList Member. I did meet my goal to write a newsletter twice a month; however, fell short on my blog. The blog is on the list for 2010 – redoing it using WordPress and being more consistent with writing.
Today’s blog is about preparing for the new year. As the end of the year draws near, it’s natural, I think, for most of us to reflect on 2009. What resolutions did we meet? What did we not meet? And why not? Heck, maybe we don’t even remember what our 2009 New Year’s resolutions were…
Now is also the time to look at 2010 and set new resolutions, new goals, new levels of achievement. I’ll give you some key pointers on achieving those resolutions and not be left sitting there at the end of 2010 saying to yourself, “I don’t even remember what my resolutions were.”
First, it’s important to set reasonable, yet challenging goals. Now is not the time to play it safe. Nor is it the time to set unattainable, unreasonable goals. And be specific. Don’t say something like “I want to increase profits while reducing expenses next year.” Sure, don’t we all? A better way to phrase it would be, “I want to increase profits by 5 percent in the first two quarters and 10 percent by year-end. I want to reduce expenses by 3 percent.”
By setting specific numbers, you have a way of tracking and evaluating your progress. If you’re not on track, you can make adjustments to achieve those goals…which brings me to the next thing.
Break your goals down into bite-sized action steps. What will you do to increase your profits?
Perhaps if you’re local, it would entail joining the chamber of commerce or another networking organization and actively participating!! Just joining and being on their member roster won’t do the trick. You must actively participate.
Evaluate your advertising over the last year. How much did you spend? What was your return on investment? If not very good, perhaps it’s time to do something different. A favorite quote of mine by Anthony Robbins is “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
Increasing your online presence will help build new customers, as well as keep old customers coming back. Maybe it’s time to revamp your website, start blogging, article marketing, or using Facebook and/or Twitter. Or maybe it’s time to start that ezine you’ve been putting off.
Write down your goals, resolutions, and promises for the New Year, as well as the steps you will take to ACHIEVE those goals.
But don’t just write them down and file them where they’ll never be found again. Put them someplace where they can be seen — both by you and your employees. Remind yourselves of the goals for 2010.
Take time to evaluate your goals and see where you measure up. This could be monthly or quarterly, but don’t wait until year end. If you’re not meeting goals by year end, you can’t make adjustments. If you examine the goals and progress periodically throughout the year, you can make the necessary adjustments to achieve those goals.
As we look forward to 2010, let’s make it a GREAT year!! Here’s to a prosperous, healthy, happy 2010!! And if you need help implementing any of your goal steps, feel free to call me! I truly enjoy helping my clients achieve their goals!!