5 Game-Changing Goals to Set for the New Year
The end of the year is a fantastic time to take stock of the successes and opportunities for growth from the last year. Once you’ve taken some time to really digest the most important lessons of the old year, it’s time to use those gleanings to set an expectation for the one that just started. Where do you want to be a year from now? Which goals you’ve set in previous years have been left undone? Let’s take a look at some strategies to shake up your New Year and get you on the path to success over the next 12 months.
Consider Your Mindset
A business is only limited by the mindset of its owner, so pause to consider where your thoughts tend to be. Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? With the speed at which the business landscape changes, if your mind isn’t growing, then your company is dying. Commit to learning or doing one new thing each year. You might set a goal to run a marathon learn to play golf, introduce a yoga practice or learn a new language. Forcing a beginner’s mind into one area of your life creates a halo effect in others, changing the perspective of opportunities and problems.
Chart Your Course
Take time to think about what you are trying to accomplish. What does your business look like three years from now? What do you need to accomplish by the end of the new year to be on pace? Break larger goals down to what needs to be completed each quarter, and plan to spend at least a week working on this goal. Without a clear destination and purpose, as the Cheshire Cat told Alice, “it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Get Out There
If you’ve been operating a business for many years, chances are you’ve met most of the important players in your industry. Make a plan this year to meet new thought leaders and inspiring people who have things to teach you. Consider joining a Mastermind group or experiential networking group, or attend a national speaking tour to bring in some fresh ideas and strategies to your business. These relationships could net key partnerships that will give you greater access to your target markets.
Quality Over Quantity
Consider what types of clients value your services more than others and set a target for bringing on a percentage of these new clients at higher rates. By looking for higher-paying clients who are a better fit for what you offer, you’ll set yourself up for success. You’ll be delivering a product that is more appreciated, thereby producing more satisfied clients. You might be surprised at how these clients begin to manifest simply because you’re looking for them.
Remove the Roadblocks
What is the one thing that takes the most amount of time away from you building your business? What task keeps you from being more proactive? This year, take a step to clear that task from your plate so you’re freed up to do what only you can do. For example, if you’re swamped with emails, hire an executive assistant and let him or her free up your time to work on bigger-impact initiatives. When we did this, we recognized significant growth that has made the position a fantastic choice for our business.