With all my years of mentoring my clients, there are some common threads that appear at this time of year. People are generally positive, but often it only takes a few days and they are not following through on the plans and goals goals they have set themselves. They are falling back into the habits of last year where they didn’t accomplish or achieve success in the very things they believed they would.
Now is a time of new beginnings, setting goals and focusing on what you can achieve for the following 12 months.
Here are some simple tips to have you on track so 2014 can be the most successful year yet for you and your business.
1. Be prepared to take massive action and do what ever it takes to achieve success.
Your success this year will be a direct result of your actions. Successful people create their own success – it doesn’t just happen. From the very beginning of this New Year be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and take every opportunity to boost your results. Be prepared to put in the hours and do the work. Open your mind to all possibilities around you and see the positives that can be used to elevate you and your business.
One of my clients doubled her business by putting in more hours when everyone around her was telling her to step back and take time off. She knew that she hadn’t been putting in enough effort to get the results she was looking to achieve. She set up a timesheet with time set aside to spend with her family and committed to working on her business every day in a much more structured and focused way. She worked in one hour blocks (her “hour of power”) and now has amazing results from working with more focus than she had ever imagined.
2. Start with a clean slate.
There is no better time than right now to have that tidy up and clean out that you have been putting off. Set up your office so that it’s a manageable work space. Have a clean out on your computer and emails. Set up your diary with the dates of everything you need to achieve your goals. Take some time out to think about the past year and what your have learnt, what you can implement again this year and what you must change. Complete all the things around you that you’ve been putting off and left unfinished.
3. Know what you are aiming for . . . set clear achievable goals.
Plan time for planning. Put aside a day (if you haven’t already done so) and plan the year ahead. Set goals for all areas of your life and business. Rather than choosing goals that are just satisfactory and comfortable, step well out of your comfort zone choose to aim at bigger results, more success and a higher income. Don’t settle for mediocre, believe in yourself and aim high. Keep the focus and work toward achieving these goals for the next year. Remember to celebrate your successes no matter how small or large.
4. Visualise yourself as successful.
Great leaders visualise success. Take some time to visualise yourself having achieved your goals. This is not about doing the tasks you need to do – simply see then as completed and your goals achieved. Immerse yourself in the feeling of success and enjoy the experience. You are more likely to work toward and achieve something you have already visualized.
5. Play a bigger game.
Small thinking leads to small results. Big thinking leads to big results. Make a commitment to yourself right now, to play a much bigger game this year. Be open to all possibilities and aim high. Stretch yourself to be a leader not a follower. Choose to have a much bigger income, bigger results and a business far bigger than you ever imagined. The more you achieve the more you can give and share with others.
6. Take care of finances.
Take full responsibility for your finances. Challenge yourself to leverage what you already know and already have, to give you a higher income. Set your sights high and work toward having more than just a comfortable living. Believe that you are worth more than you are earning at the moment and focus on a positive and larger net worth.
When I started my business I got myself into massive debt. Instead of focusing on the debt in a negative way, I sought some help and with a structure, I set up a plan to get myself out of the situation. It was about taking the first step and then focusing on how I could lift my income by aiming much higher while following the debt reduction plan.
7. Build your profile and business by presenting you.
Very often you are your business and you are certainly your brand. Others look up to you and look to you for leadership and advice. Be authentic, say it how it is and be the real you. Challenge yourself each day to be the very best version of you, you can be. You never know who is watching you.
If there are areas of your life or business that are not where you want them to be, seek out a mentor who will support and guide you. Be prepared to invest in you and your education.
By not being noticed you are holding yourself back. Fitting in and being the same as everyone else, is playing small and being beige. Step up onto the stage and present yourself. Run workshops, give presentations, run seminars, be the speaker at events so that you’ll be the one person in the room who is noticed. Stand out in a crowd.
Go for it, make the change.
Make 2014 the biggest year yet.