I love January. A month full of anticipation, goal setting and excitement for the 12 months ahead. Many take it as a time to reflect on the previous year and critically analyse what worked well and what didn’t. For me, it’s an opportunity to forward plan the epic-ness that will be the coming year. And here’s how to do it.
- Mindfulness. Being mindful is simply being aware of where you are and what you’re doing without feeling overwhelmed or being particularly reactive to what’s happening around you. All too often we can feel swamped with social media, overwhelmed with an ever increasing workload and unnecessarily react to what’s going on around us. By removing those negative issues, your mind will become a tranquil space of positivity. And that’s essential for both business and personal happiness.
- Achieving. What exactly do you want to achieve? The Americans are strong believers of the powers of a vision board, a board which best portrays your dreams. The simple act of creating one really helps to highlight what you want and continually generates the desire to succeed. Others write it down, somewhere they can see it every single day.
- Meditate. An article published by The Entrepreneur really caught my eye. The article claimed, “when you run a business, your most valuable asset is your mind. Any practice that involves relaxing that mind in order to regain control of it is meditation.” So meditation may not necessarily be the Asian ritual you think. Schedule 5 minutes every working day to relax and free your mind. Remove the negative thoughts, enhance your brain power and be ready to take on the world.
- Exercise. Anything that is good for your heart, is good for your brain. There is an increasing amount of publicity and pressure to keep in physical shape, particularly as we age, but what about our mental state too? Even exercising for just 20 minutes can significantly improve information processing and memory functions.
- Accountability. There’s no point setting goals if you don’t a) continually check you’re on track; b) stick to them; c) work with someone towards them. Regular sessions with a coach, focusing on accountability, can actually make you 95% more likely to reach your goals.
- Review. As with accountability, the process is never ending. Continually reviewing your goals, business plan, strategies, campaigns, success and happiness is simply vital for your business. At the end of each week, review how the week has gone for you, then at the end of each month, critically review the past 4 weeks. What’s worked? What hasn’t? Are you on target?
- Friendships. Friendships are so important. At the end of the day, when you really want a G&T and a good natter, it’s your best friend you’re likely to call. You’ll need them for the good times, the bad times and the overwhelming times. Value those relationships and be sure to make them work both ways.
- Love. The second you fall out of love with your business is the second it fails. Keep the romance alive by listing the 3 things that made you start your business, your 3 most proud achievements and 3 things you’re grateful for within your business. Always focus on positivity.
- Health. Without your health, you simply can’t run a business. It’s the fuel of life so should not be allowed to diminish. Take care of you, so you can take care of your business.
- Sanity. Ever feel like the overwhelm, never ending to do lists and continual needs of clients and employees will drive you over the edge? Focus on your own personal sanity. A number of the aforementioned points; meditate, exercise and friendships, will keep you grounded.
- Goals. A goal without a plan is just a dream. Profitable businesses don’t run on dreams, so, be sure to set time aside to work on your goals. Set yourself weekly, monthly, 6 month and 1 year goals, have them somewhere you can see them regularly and be sure to work with someone who can keep you accountable.
- Education. Despite having left school, education never stops. Think you know all there is to know about social media? With the ever changing algorithms, you should continually be investing in your business and ensuring your knowledge is as current as possible.
- Self-discipline. Sounds obvious but is vitally important if you’re to make this year your best ever. Have the self-discipline to take care of yourself, focus on your business and stick to your plan. You can do it.
To keep you on track, write down these three simple things.
- How would you feel if you achieved these tasks?
- How are you going to make them happen?
- What do you need to do achieve them?
I’ve got a mahoosive vision, exciting goals and an epic plan – I’m excited, so let’s keep ourselves accountable and make this year, quite simply, the best ever.
The Master Fixer
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