Many businesses are struggling to hit their numbers. For most businesses it’s been a zero sum game. The only way to create revenue has been to take business away from competitors.
But the New Year means a whole new ballgame. Before the year-end is a perfect time for businesses to evaluate prospects and to strategize for the next 12 months.
This is accomplished by wiping the slate clean and budgeting time for a “blue sky session” – dream about where you want to be and how to get there.
Here is checklist of quick strategies to win:
- Set yourself up for success with a positive frame of mind before starting. Use meditation, exercise, take walks or listen to music or inspiring messages – do whatever works for you.
- Now you’re ready start. Take good notes. Now is not the time to prioritize. Do that later. List all strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for you personally and your business.
- Be pragmatic but think BIG.
- Eliminate what isn’t feasible. Develop an action plan with timetables for action.
- Think defensively with customers. Look for ways to delight your customers.
- School yourself on the social media tools that will help you attract new customers.
- Protect your other physical assets. Evaluate and safeguard your computer system and financials.
- Develop efficiencies. Decide where you can save costs without cutting muscle.
- Be detail-minded in your approach and make the little changes you’ve been neglecting whether it means changing batteries in smoke detectors or changing passwords.
- Journal your goals. Break your goals down into the steps you need to take for success. Keep track of your progress in getting things done.
- Visualize. Use the present tense – “I now have enough new customers.”
- Use and write affirmations and positive phrasing – “I really enjoy my work.”
- Be true to yourself and your values. Only wish for what you want, not what others tell you what they think is best for you.
- Get support. That means a mentor who is successful in ways you want for yourself. Find others with whom you can share your dreams confidentially for feedback and help.
- Emulate role models. Whether you know them or read their biographies follow their examples.
- Continually review, evaluate and make needed changes.
- Be realistic and patient. Success doesn’t happen overnight.
- Use imagery for success.
- Prioritize your to-do list each day. By Thursday, know your schedule for the following week.
- Use the first hour of each day for your most important tasks to avoid procrastination.
- Relish and reward yourself for successes.
- Accept challenges. Embrace them as opportunities for growth. Things aren’t always as they seem. Unexpected events should be considered stepping stones not stumbling blocks.
- Be tenacious on difficult tasks. Do not give up.
- Take educated risks. Remember Virgil: “Fortune favors the bold.”
- Have fun. Look for humor.
- During difficult times. Reduce the trauma by taking the best option, and do your best so you won’t have regrets.
- Be patient with others and forgive. Better yet, there won’t be any need to forgive others if you haven’t judged them and started dragging around a bag of resentments.
- When you’re having a bad-hair day practice acceptance and go with the flow.
- Practice the principle of contrary action in all that you do – do everything differently – you’ll learn to keep an open mind.
- Use gratitude whenever possible. In 98 percent of communications with others, there are opportunities to say thank you.
- Be accessible when others need help.
From the Coach’s Corner, you don’t have time for planning? Here is more reading you might find useful: 30 Time Management, Stress Reducing Skills. Soon you’ll be ready to plan.
“New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.”
Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.