It’s a whole new year! Time to set new year’s resolutions and then… sort of try to make them and then forget about them in a month… right? Well, for many business owners this is the normal state of affairs. But, it doesn’t have to be! We have several great techniques to help you attain your goals for 2016.
Write down your overall business goals
In order to target your resolutions for this year, it’s important to first look at your general business goals. Perhaps you want to be featured in Forbes or you’d like your business to 100X its production. These are all completely valid goals. Write them down – not as a “resolution” but as an actual target.
Plan out how to attain them
Once you have decided upon your goals, make a plan of how to attain them. This does not have to be limited to just this year. Let’s say your overall goal was to increase production by 100 times. You can take your first step toward achieving that goal this year by doubling production.
Now that you have an achievable target for the year that will get you on the road to your overall goal, really break it down. What do you have to do to attain this year’s business target? Perhaps you need to hire and train more people. Maybe you need to boost your marketing efforts. It could be that you need to reorganize your company structure. Break this year’s target down into achievable steps.
Share your plan
Don’t keep your business objectives all to yourself. Share them with your staff. Get their help in strategizing. Ask them to help you streamline and build a better company.
You can also share the relevant aspects of your business goals with loyal customers or your social media friends. Include everyone who has been with you during your journey to success and allow them to help you become even more prosperous in this new year!
No matter how great the goal, there are times along the way when it can feel like you or your staff are just dragging along. Instead of breaking out the whip, use the carrot. Give your staff and yourself games that get everyone excited to achieve targets along the way. You can get creative with these games – you aren’t stuck with giving out bonuses every time a new objective is attained. Perhaps the top seller that week can get family tickets to a theme park or an upgraded company phone. There are many games you and your team can create to make attaining your objectives exciting.
Do a weekly review
So many resolutions go by the wayside because we forget about them or because we failed once and feel that now we can’t achieve them. Don’t kick your business resolutions to the curb because of a bad week. Take a look at what happened in the week and reaffirm your goals. This may require some restructuring or some buckling down and doing additional work. Just keep your eye on the prize and continue to renew your determination each week.
So, what are your resolutions for 2016? Contact me today and let me know!