Happy New Year!
How did you spend the last night of 2011? Did you stay up till midnight to ring in the new year? I spent it with dear friends having fun and also reflecting on a year that I will remember as one of big changes and transformation both personally and professionally.
I’m stepping into 2012 with excitement and anticipation about new adventures in my business. For much of 2011 I’ve focused on changing my business model because I want to help more people like yourself achieve what they want in their life and their business.
Stay tuned – you’ll soon be receiving more information about a free tele-seminar to introduce my life changing program “Journey to Profitability with Heart”.
Meanwhile, what will you be doing differently in 2012? Today’s article offers some suggestions I hope you’ll find helpful
The Road Ahead: What Will You Do Differently This Year?
Changing the way things are done can bring opportunities for great success. But reaction to change may be fearful and irrational, which can result in failures, a decrease in quality and a loss of production. When it comes to work and business, it can be tempting to give in to those anxieties by doing what’s always been done. But priming the pump to have a better year always involves some form of adjustment to free up the time, money and energy to tackle new opportunities.
How do you decide what changes are the most important ones to make?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What personal and business tolerations interfered with personal and work progress? Tolerations are a good indication of issues in need of resolution.
- Were last year’s goals reached? Why or why not? How will those obstacles be addressed? Setting new goals without having evaluated the previous year’s goals can result in a cycle of substandard results.
- What fiscally responsible goal (making more money, collaborating, creating new products/services, improved marketing strategy, etc.) will also be fun? All work and no play make Jack a dull (and bored) boy, as the saying goes.
What do you need to change to have a better year?
Choose passion over profit.
Connect to your bigger purpose in life, work and business and the rewards will flow effortlessly. Passionate people attract success.
Technology changes fast. Staying on top of what’s working now is only half the battle. Discovering what’s up and coming and leveraging that knowledge is the key to an exceptional year.
Acknowledging and rewarding success keeps everyone motivated. Mark those mini-milestones with celebration and recognition!
Add, don’t subtract.
When repeat clients stop buying your products or services, something needs to change. Instead of cutting prices, add value instead–bundle existing services/products, add bonuses or create new offerings.
What are your blind spots?
Every driver has blind spots. That’s what rear-view mirrors are for. Blind spots in the work and business environment can be harder to identify. How does a person avert disaster in a work environment without the benefit of mirrors?
Getting honest feedback from clients, customers and service providers can be as uncomfortable as it is invaluable. Do it anyway.
Seek professional help.
Getting an objective outsiders opinion can help you see what is going well or not.
Chat up a colleague and encourage them to share their observations about what you are doing well and what needs improvement. Sometimes what needs to change is missed because it is so “obvious.”
Moving into the New Year doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. Having a clear sense of what’s ahead can circumvent failure and create a successful year.