I love the end of a year! I love looking back over the year that is coming to an end, seeing what worked, what didn’t, the highs, the lows and everything in between.
I love the feeling of accomplishment, the feeling of achievement and pride that I have worked my butt off and done things that I may never have thought possible.
And then I get to start planning for the year ahead. A year that is fresh and full of possibilities. A year where ANYTHING is possible…. IF you have the right mindset, plan and DO THE WORK!
You see the problem that most people have is that they don’t start planning for the upcoming year early enough.
Have you ever heard the saying;
IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN THEN YOU PLAN TO FAIL!
You want to be ahead of the game, not behind it. Trust me, you don’t want to leave it until either the end of the year or the beginning of the new year so your starting 2017 at a disadvantage!
You want to start planning and putting the systems and processes into place NOW so you start 2017 with a BANG and you can hit the ground running.
Think of it this way – If you were going to launch a new product, would you wait until the last second to launch it to the public? NO! You wold implement a sales strategy, build interest in the product and start gaining traction prior to the launch date.
It’s the same with your goal setting and planning! You need to map out your year and start working on your goals NOW!
The best thing you can do for yourself and your business in order to get mind blowing results in 2017 is to mark off some time in your calendar, go to a quiet place and to do some strategic planning.
Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips to get you on your way.
- REVISIT THE YEAR SO FAR – Start your strategic planning session with a review of the year so far. What were some of your wins? What didn’t go as well as you’d hoped? Were there any projects that you wanted to get to that haven’t happened yet? I suggest setting a timer for 15-20 minutes and do a mind dump, write a list or even simply a couple of paragraphs about what’s happened so far this year. It will help you to gain some clarity about where you want to go from here.
- SET YOUR GOAL – What do you want to accomplish in 2017? Set some short and long-term goals. Pay particular attention to how you will measure your success with these goals. Instead of a vague goal such as, “Smash my new product launch,” be specific and set goals you can track, such as, “Double my course revenue from last year totalling to $…… ” Don’t forget personal goals as well. For instance, you might have a goal to take two weeks off at Christmas and travel overseas with your family. Whatever is important to you, add it to the list.
- BREAK YOUR GOALS DOWN INTO ACTIONABLE STEPS – Once you have your goals set and you know how you will measure your success, you can then work backwards and define what actions need to be taken to get you there. Again, be specific! For example, “Create Facebook ads,” is a little to general so break it down further like this, “Write Facebook ad copy, make graphics, program ads and track ad results.” This will ensure that you get it done. A little tip – Think about and make a note of how long you think each task will take. This will help you when it comes to scheduling your time and help reduce any overwhelm that you might experience.
- ASSESS YOUR RESOURCES – Once you have a solid list of what needs to happen, think about what resources you have and which you many need to accomplish your goals. What do you need to make it happen? New team members? New skills – or the courses or coaches to acquire them? New technology or software? Accountability partners, coaches or groups? It’s also a great time to think about what you can delegate, which items you can outsource and which items need to be done by yourself.
- SCHEDULE & DELEGATE – The best way to make your goals and priorities real is to schedule them. Pull out your calendar and start penciling in all of the actionable steps that you have identified. This is where things can get a little tricky and you may find that you need to go back and reassess your goals for 2017. What can you actually achieve with the time and resources that you actually have available? This step is EVERYTHING because it helps you understand exactly how you’re going to make your dreams a reality. REMEMBER: Where’s there’s a will, there’s a way! And if you find that you don’t have time to accomplish everything, then you may be able to outsource, streamline or focus your efforts differently (if your having trouble refocusing your efforts or finding focus within your day, DOWNLOAD my FREE Productivity Planner within the resources section to help you gain some clarity within your work day).
Don’t be afraid to dream BIG! There is NO LIMIT on your dreams or goals. Anything is possible and any goal you dream up can be made into a reality!
Set yourself an audacious goal and then work backwards to discover what you would need to do to make it happen!
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