I love the first few weeks of January. The weather outside is cold and somewhat frightful. The days are short and the trees are bare. The holidays are over and it’s time to start planning another amazing prosperous year. A time to think about the whole year ahead of us! What are your plans for 2010?
The sky is the limit for the year. The real fun is realizing that and figuring out your goals, writing them down and then working on creating a plan to match those goals for the year. Do you know that most people get tripped up because they short change themselves and don’t think big enough. The other thing people do is keep their goals in their head and never write them down. The majority of unhappiness and failures in business is directly linked to not being able to clearly decide what needs to be done in your business. Most businesses move slowly and cautiously and without a clear destination.
When you have goals, it’s like having a road map for the year, a plan you can stick to. The trick is really taking a pen or a keyboard and writing your goals down. And also realizing your goals can be somewhat fluid and change depending upon what’s happening in your life at the moment.
I’ve written several things about goals before. Here’s a quick refresher:
Your goals need to be:
1) Written in a positive way
2) Measurable and concrete (in terms of outcome, like dollars, units, etc.)
3) Challenging but not impossible to achieve
4) Timely and easily be able to measure your success
Also, some other ideas, if your goals are too big, consider writing some smaller ones so your big goal can be more achievable.
I have huge lofty goals for myself and my business this year. My big goal I’ll share with you is creating my first information product and selling it to create some passive income. My first product I’m creating is called CreateAmazingSurveys.com. Check out my site to get my free report. The focus is how businesses can take total advantage of using surveys to get all the information they ever wanted about their customers, services and products.
I’ve talked about this a little bit in my printed newsletter (If you’re not getting my printed newsletter mailed to you, please click here, I’ll send it to you via snail mail for free if you’re in the US.) I want to expand my business, not just by adding new clients, but by creating another business of products that can sell while I sleep. I’ll be writing much more about this in the coming months.
Another goal of mine is to do one thing every day that scares me (taken from my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quote) and it’s been working so far. Had some returns to do over the holidays and I stuck to my guns to get my full credit. (Sometimes it’s the little victories that add up and feel so good.) So when setting your goals, don’t forget to focus on more than just your business, there’s also spiritual, family, mental health and physical goals you can set for yourself in 2010. For more about goal setting check out my December newsletter.
It is time to dream big! And dream with a huge positive attitude. If you need some help, or motivations, I do Marketing Road Maps for clients all the time where we map out the goals for their business. I reach in and find out where their hidden money is and how we can get some money now.
So, don’t wait, reach for the stars, stretch yourself and your business. Grab your wildest dream and say this is possible this year and set your goals, make your plans and make it all happen!