Happy New Year!
With a new year comes new opportunities, new hopes, new everything, and new year planning is key to unlocking your opportunities and fulfilling your hopes.
Without planning out your new year, you are liable to remain stuck in old unproductive ways, depressed by past failures, closed to new ideas and closed to the possibility of personal and business transformation.
The future is unknown, yet it can be filled with promise. What great future will you create in 2017?
A new year can be a great time to set a new course. Start by honestly admitting where you’re at. Once you’ve defined your current situation, you can best chart a course for getting to where you want to be. Once you understand your starting point, you can set a direction that moves you toward success.
Let’s start the new year with SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. What specific goal do you want to achieve by a given date? Is it attainable and is it relevant to your business success? Click on the image to see more about SMART goals.
Create small steps that will lead to big results and you are on your way to a great year. The failure rate on new year’s resolutions is pegged at between 81 and 92 per cent depending on who you believe. SMART goals are an excellent way to put the odds in your favor.
90 Day Plans
I’m a fan of 90 day plans. Plan your day, week and month to attain 90 day goals, and you will be moving forward. One good way to do this is to figure out your 90 day goal and break it down to 30 day and 60 day steps. Then break down each 30 day plan into a weekly plan and break your weekly plan into daily plans.
Four SMART 90 day plans will set you up for success in 2017. So, what would you like to accomplish by March 31? What are the daily, weekly, and monthly steps that will get you there? Would breaking it up into 30 day and 60 day steps help you to achieve your goals?
The great philosopher Socrates said “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” That’s a good word for all of us at the start of a new year.
Change can be hard but often change is necessary for advancement. What changes do you need to make to change the trajectory of your life and business?
A few years ago a top professional golfer spoke about making a number of changes in his game. This golfer had already won a number of tournaments around the world including the British Open. I asked another top professional golfer who was also a major winner whether making a number of changes at one time was possible. His answer was no. I agree, so focus on one change at a time.
Dr. BJ Fogg of Stanford University says that we can change at most three small habits at one time. Others say one at a time works best. The key is to keep change manageable.
Small, incremental changes can add up to great results over time. Enough baby steps can get us far, but giant leaps can throw us off balance. Often the tortoise does beat the hare. Keep your goal in mind as you plan the small changes that will pay off with a big reward.
One approach that you may recall from one of my December posts was the green light/yellow light/ red light process of planning. What are you currently doing that you should continue doing (green light)? What are you currently doing that you should pause and reconsider (yellow light)? What are you currently doing that should be eliminated immediately (red light)?
I hope that this post helps you set yourself up for massive success in 2017. As always, I welcome your comments and questions, and your likes and shares.