How to Have Your Best Year in 2018

December 13, 2017 3:26 pm
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Have Your Best Year in 2018

As the year 2017 comes to a close, we should all take a little time for reflection. Take a look back at the last twelve months and appreciate the successes. And, for the not-so-successful pieces… chalk those up to learning.

It is also the time of the year that we begin to plan for our next year.  And, we want to help you to make 2018 an amazing year for both you and your business!

We all see many people who set personal resolutions for January 1st and then proceed to break them almost immediately.

According to an article in USA Today, about 44% of Americans planned to make a New Year’s Resolution last year.

Likewise, most companies instruct their employees to choose several goals for the year.  They might even ask them to use S.M.A.R.T. goals.  SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.  It is designed to help people to write goals that can be easily evaluated at the end of the year.  What good is a goal if you don’t know if you succeeded or not, right?

The problem is that even though we all have the best of intentions, quite often these goals are written and then set aside and forgotten. Until about October/November when everyone realizes that they are about to be evaluated on the goals.  Then, we all panic and rush to get busy on meeting those goals that we wrote 10 months ago.

 

There is a better way.  It is like reverse engineering for goal setting.

 

The 5 Steps to Writing the Best Business Strategy for 2018:

  1. Sit down somewhere quiet and private so that you can really focus on what’s important.
  2. Imagine that you are 3 years into the future (so, it is December 2020) and you are looking back on 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  3. Ask yourself this one question: What has to have happened over the past 3 years (remember 2018, 2019, and 2020), to make you feel successful in your business?
  4. Write down your answers. These will be your big goals.
  5. Next, break the big goals down into manageable steps for the upcoming year.

Now you can focus on what really matters in your business.

 

Best wishes for the best year EVER!