It’s that time of year again. There is a nip in the air, there’s hustle and bustle in the stores, and families are gathering to celebrate.
Aww, you thought I was talking about the holidays. Well, kind of, but for this writing, not quite. It’s actually the end of one year and soon to be beginning of a brand new year. December is usually when we take stock of the past year and look forward to what the new year may hold.
Where were you on January 1, 2016? Where do you want to be in 2017? How are you going to get where you want to be? Too many questions? Too personal? Not if you want to succeed!
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Tony Robbins
Wow! That’s powerful. So now it’s time to come up with those “better questions” in order to get those “better answers” and, in turn, prosper in business and in life.
So, where were you on January 1, 2016, where are you at now, where do you want to be, and how do you get there?
This is probably when you need to sit down and have a brainstorming session with yourself concerning your past, present, and future. Map it all out. I’m a big believer of utilizing post-its for just about everything. You can write multiple ideas on multiple post-its and move them around on your brainstorming map at will. I especially like this technique when putting a story in order. No more scratching out or deleting, just switch out the post-its until it works. But I digress.
By now you should, at the very least, be thinking about what the next step should be. Choose your goal(s) and make a list of everything you need to make it happen.
While reviewing what your accomplishments had been in 2016 consider these questions… Are you exactly where you want to be? Did you accomplish all you needed to? Did your income reflect the effort you put into it? Is there anything you could have done differently to grow more?
“Evaluated reflection turns experience into insight.” – John Maxwell
Continue asking questions… What have you done correctly and how can you continue that strategy? How did you stay focused or how can you get your attention pointed correctly? Have you learned the secret to success for someone or something special or are you still looking?
I’ll wait while you think about that.
What does your to-do list look like now? Are you successfully pointing yourself in the right direction? Then keep it up.
Okay, you have questions and insight… Now what?
“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.” – Mike Hawkins
In planning out your year you need to break it down into chewable pieces. Separate your actions into your main focus (year), then separate them out further (quarterly or monthly), and finally your weekly. That is, how to get from point A to point B.
If you make one long to-do list without breaking it down you will most likely fail before the end of January because it will be too overwhelming. Separating it out shouldn’t take that long and it will be so worth it. You will be able to see immediate gratification as you get to check off each point off of your list, one at a time.
Keep it all in perspective. For example, you want to publish your first e-book by the end of 2017. The first thing to do is set a specific launch date, not just sometime by the end of the year. Then do your research on what exactly it takes. You may already know and if you don’t, then check with someone who may already have had this type of adventure. Work on your list of questions, break them down into achievable sections, and press on.
“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Earl Nightingale
So, what next? Don’t let another year pass you by without making it the best possible, most profitable year it can be. Do I follow my own advice? Of course! My list was extremely long. I wrote all my questions out on post-its and arranged them by monthly and weekly bite-size pieces. I have 4 attainable questions to answer in January. Will I make it? Only if I want to succeed. Do you? Then go forth and prosper.
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