If you want 2016 to be better than 2015, you have to do something differently. This is a simple but profound realization. Change brings the opportunity to make things better; however, it can be scary yet exciting at the same time.
Ask yourself: “What will I do differently to make 2016 my best year ever?”
Here are some questions and exercises to consider:
A vision statement for a company helps to keep everyone on track and seeing the bigger picture of what they are accomplishing day after day.
What does the world look like after it has consumed your product or service?
How is the world smarter, more beautiful, happier, healthier, or wealthier after they have left your business?
If you haven’t written your business vision and mission statement, consider completing this exercise for 2016.
Create New Habits
What habits are holding you back? Which ones are propelling you forward? Choose one habit that is costing you the most and make a commitment to drop it from your 2016 repertoire.
Conversely, identify the habit that is brining you happiness and wealth and multiply it.
Sometimes we need to let go before we can move forward. What do you need to let go of? Are there customers or employees in your life that sap your energy or your bank account?
Build Your Support Structure
Are you short-staffed? The way you manage your time has everything to do with your success or the lack of it.
If low- or no-revenue producing tasks are taking up your time, it is going to be hard to boost your income and get ahead. Surround yourself with support to do everything that can be delegated, such as filing, bookkeeping, appointment scheduling, and routine customer service.
If possible, outsource personal tasks such as grocery shopping, housekeeping, cooking, and lawn maintenance as well.
Make a list of areas where you could use support, and fill these gaps. In today’s world, you do not need to hire full time people to fill these slots. You can simply hire responsible contractors, other small businesses, and virtual assistants to build your support team.
What project or task would make a huge difference in 2016 if you could pull it off?
Focus on the high payback projects and commit to one, even though it might be out of your comfort zone. Imagine the difference in your business once it is completed, and get inspired to get started.
Choose just one of these areas to start your 2016 out with hope, intention, and excitement.