As we bring 2012 to an end and leap right into 2013 it’s time for us to reflect on the past 365 days of our life. I’m sure that 2012 had it’s ups and downs for all of you, and hopefully you had a lot more ups than you did downs. Reflection is an important step in improving ourselves and preparing for a bigger and better new year as well as for seeing how 2012 measured up to the dreams we had for it. While this is a time for reflection, it’s not a time for beating yourself up. It’s quite possible that you set many goals and had a much different vision for 2012 than what reality brought you. The key is to learn from your reflection, not to dwell on the fact that you may not have hit all of your goals.
It’s also possibly that you’ve knocked 2012 out of the park and you can’t wait to do it again next year. Personally I’m very excited for what I’ve accomplished in 2012 and I look forward to doing even more in 2013. I’ve laid a solid foundation for both my personal and business lives and I’m ready to reap the rewards of that foundation is 2013. As I reflect on all of the times I’ve had in 2012 I realize just how lucky I am, and how lucky the majority of us are for being able to chase our dreams and be entrepreneurs in this era. The evolution of technology and the internet has made it easier than ever to make your own decisions and do what you love. If you’re reading this blog and still sitting on the sidelines of Entrepreneurship looking in enviously it’s time for you to dive in. If you are truly dedicated to building your passion into a real business and providing value for your customers than there is nothing that can stop you.
Now that you’ve resolved to take action it’s time to start setting some concrete goals and plans in place. You’ll find that the majority of successful people all have goals and a plan in place to complete those goals. Most people do create some type of goal (or resolution) as the new year begins but very few ever actually stick to them. In fact the majority of people quickly forget all about the goals that they’ve come up with in the first place. Make a change this year and resolve to actually follow through on your goals. In order to do that you’ll need to change the way you typically set your goals unless you’re already setting them properly.
Most people who set goals for the new year, or anytime really only dive into the first step of goal setting. The first thing you need to do is actually sit down and think about what you want to accomplish. I recommend having at least one personal and at least one professional goal that you want to achieve. I personally have a lot more goals both personally and professionally but if you’re not used to setting and sticking to goals you may be best suited to start off with one. Take some time to yourself to really reflect on what you accomplished this year and decide on what you want to accomplish next year.
Once you’ve come up with a few goals that you want to hit – it’s time to get started on making those goals become a reality. The first thing you need to do is write everything down so that you have something to hold yourself accountable to. Once you write your major goals down, open up your favorite Project Management system and make each main goal a project. You can’t just look at the overall goal and expect to get there through sheer luck. You have to break the goal down into manageable sub tasks so that you can mark each item off your list as the year progresses. With proper planning and task management you should be getting at least a little bit closer to your goal each and every day.
Now that you have all of your plans in place it’s time to follow them exactly and complete your goals right? Unfortunately that’s not always going to be the case. You’re bound to run into problems, and you will have to be able to adapt to whatever life throws your way in order to get past the problems and onto completing your goals. Realize that everyone runs into problems at one point or another and the successful people simply know how to adapt to them better than those that give up on their hopes and aspirations.
I hope that I’ve motivated you to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and plan for the new year using the basic outline I’ve provided. Keep in mind that you should have multiple goals at any given time and the major goals tend to revolve around Health, Wealth and Relationships. There are plenty of goals outside those but you always want to be focused on improving yourself in some way. As an Entrepreneur you’re expected to juggle a lot of tasks on a daily basis and having an overall goal that you are working towards will help you accomplish a lot more in less time. Keep your goal(s) in your focus at all times and make sure that you are moving closer to them each and every day.
Remember, the only thing that can stop you is you.