This is it!
The moment we have all been waiting for, a new start, a clean slate, the chance to really succeed and the promise of the year ahead is alluring to all of us.
This year will be different though. Not like last year, when time moved too fast, plans went unfulfilled and our best intentions did not lead to the success we dreamed of.
This is the time that we start to think of all the possibilities:
That holiday we have been dreaming about; we can almost feel the breeze in our hair as we visualise every part of the trip.
An increase in sales and profit for our business; the freedom that the added income will bring you. Already thinking about how you will spend the money.
Finally achieving that work/life balance that everyone keeps talking about; what we could do with all that free time! Maybe take up a hobby or finally finishing that book that you bought months ago (or maybe even years ago), or maybe simply spending more time with family and friends.
The possibilities are endless!
Here’s the thing though, it’s not enough to want it. It’s not even enough to dream of it or being able to visualise it.
Those things are important, but to be in the best position to succeed you have to know what you want and you have to have a clear plan of how you are going to make it work.
To say “I want to earn more money this year”, is probably going to lead you to the same sense of disappointment and dread that you felt as you saw December fast approaching last year, and realised that it was highly unlikely you were going to be able to achieve all that you hoped to.
I have great news for you though (and this is the part where you can smile to yourself at the sheer possibilities). You can achieve all of those things on your list, you just need a plan!
First, what you need is a clear target, something specific, like “I want to increase my sales by 50% by 30 June 2016”. Now you need to ask yourself, what do you need to change or do to achieve that?
This year I embarked on a new system for myself and my business where I look back at the things that happened last year. Some things were fantastic and I am incredibly grateful for them, others were not so great and not only do I want to avoid those things this year, I also want to create new opportunities and experiences to replace them.
This is the exciting part.
To ensure that I am best placed to do this, I have set out goals for myself both personally and within the business and have listed the specific steps I need to take to make those things happen. I am going into the year ahead with the most confidence that I have had in the years since I started my business. For the first time I feel in control of my journey which is a wonderfully liberating feeling.
Now don’t get me wrong, this was not a simple process which I sailed through, it took self-examination and being open to my strengths and weaknesses so that I could create something better than I have now. You need to be prepared that some of the things that need to be done to achieve your goals will be outside of your comfort zone, but stretching yourself in this way will provide you with immeasurable growth and the ability to not just meet this goal, but the confidence to meet your next goal and the one after that.
I would like to thank my spectacular support network for setting me on this path, it took me a while to come around to the idea of these workbooks, but like everything, I needed to look at the data before proceeding. I won’t look back now though; I have goals to reach.
Go out there and get yourself a plan and have a spectacular 2016. You can do this!