There are only a few days left in 2011. Now it is time to start thinking about the new year. The last few days of the year are a good time to reflect on all that has happened and what you can focus on in the new year.
Establishing Your Goals
There is something special that happens when you decide to pull out a piece of paper and sit down to focus on what your goals are. Goals give you something to focus on and work towards. Thinking about the things that you want to achieve help you get on the right path. Once you make the decision on what you want, you can start taking the steps toward getting it.
Knowing what you want is a big part of achieving your goals. When you don’t know what you want, you can waste a lot of time on unimportant tasks. Goals allow you focus your efforts on things that get you closer to achievement. Even taking little steps toward your goals give you a sense of accomplishment.
Doing things without a plan may or may not work for you. Just think about sports for a moment. Your favorite football team makes sure to come up with a game plan before the game. They make sure to talk to the players days ahead of the game. They create special plays and they practice them multiple times before game day. They sit and review game film to prepare themselves for what can possibly happen. The goal for each week is to win the game. Preparation is just one part of what goes into the game that you see on Sunday. They still have to execute the game plan to be victorious, but goals, planning and practice all play an important part in the outcome.
Did you end up where you expected this year? Did you have a plan or goals for 2011? What worked and what didn’t? Now you can think about making changes going into the new year. Are you going to go back to school to get more education? Are you going to focus on a new area of business? Change can present you with new opportunities for growth.
Sometimes you can plan for a specific outcome but it just doesn’t materialize. In sports, you can come up with a game plan but when the game starts your plans result in actual results. What do top teams do when their original plans fail? They adapt to the new situations. Your home business is no different. You need to regroup when your original plans don’t pan out. Businesses have to be flexible. What happens in your business when you feel like you are getting blitzed from the blindside? Do you have an check down that can help relieve the pressure? Or is your business going to lose ground because of a sack?
Get ready for the new year and start putting your planning and goal setting skills to work. If you didn’t achieve your goals this year think about how and where you want to take your business in the new year. The great thing about business is that you can have down year one year and bounce back the next. Make your plans and get back into the game. This year your plans might help you avoid the blitz and burn them with score at the same time. Get started on your 2012 plans.