Recommit to your business – Often times, things get stagnant and we become a little disconnected to our goals and the action plan to get there, we can become complacent over time. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to recommit to your business by evaluating the goals you have previously set and are still working towards, or setting new ones. The most important things to ensure while you go through this practice, is that you don’t just look at the goal, but that you set an action plan to get there. The outcome isn’t a surprise if you look at the indicators along the journey to your deadline. If your goal is to increase sales by 5% by the end of Q1, set a plan in place to reach it. Track your success of each stepping stone and become accountable by inviting someone else into the process and journey. If you see you aren’t on track to reach the goal, see if there are creative ways to get back on track by a special promotion. Sometimes, we may need to hustle, but at least we aren’t waiting until the end, when it is too late to do anything about the end result.
Set the stage for 2018 momentum – The common practice for most people at the beginning of the year is to “put away the old, to bring in the new”, but don’t miss an opportunity to learn from the past. Don’t be that person who blindly moves forward with the thinking that “this will be my year”! Take a quick look behind you to see what worked in the past AND what didn’t, then reflect on why. Let this be the year that you become accountable to yourself. Get to know YOU… the good AND the bad! Once you have done this, and the commitment is there… make a SMART plan forward. The New Year is a PERFECT time to set up the momentum for growth. Begin the year strong. Action creates excitement and together it will create momentum. Don’t walk blindly into 2018, most people don’t hit their goals by accident.
Create an environment of growth for the New Year – Nobody finds success alone. The structure of most businesses is completely dependent on teams. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to implement recognition plans for the upcoming year. Be proactive and create a healthy culture. The beauty about the beginning of the year is, you can now say “we are starting something new”. Maybe you haven’t been consistent in the past with recognition or perhaps you haven’t always understood the benefits of working well with your colleagues. At the beginning of the year, you don’t need to go backwards, you can start fresh and implement positive change, which will create a healthy climate for growth. By making announcements about these new changes, you also provide the opportunity to create excitement for the future! Education is also key when creating a healthy culture. Be the leader who knows how to listen as much as they talk. Learning to be a team player is even MORE important for a leader, so familiarize yourself with the attributes of a team player. If you don’t know what they are, it’s a perfect time to learn something new! One thing we know for sure, is that productivity and engagement increases significantly when someone feels valued, recognized and has a voice.
Let go of 2017 – The beauty about the old year passing and coming into a new one, is the natural instinct to let go! Letting go of the things you can’t control is probably one the most important attributes of successful people. Even for those of us who hang on to things far too long, the end of the year is like a permission slip. The inability to let things go has derailed far too many and often separates the achievers from the rest. This is also a great time to let go of the things that have held you back. Some of you have been paralyzed by fear, others from lack of confidence and even things like laziness or lack of focus. Let the beginning of 2018 be the year that you let go of those things, to lean into the things that push you towards your success. Be conscientious about what you need to let go and intentional about things you are passionate about. Live out your purpose and walk in gratitude. Some may argue these are soft skills, but I don’t know a successful leader who hasn’t had to master this in order to reach success. Letting go is a powerful skill that can help you get into action quickly and help you focus on reaching the goals you have set for you and your business!