There does seem to be two categories of people this time of year. There are those that make resolutions for the coming year and those that scorn the making of them.
As a business person, there is only one path you can really be on and that path is continual improvement. You must continue to improve yourself, your customer service, your product line, your marketing, your employee relationships and more. The opposite of that is to be like a restaurant that has the same menu and décor for 20 years and begins to wonder where all of the customers went.
Call it what you want –
RESOLUTIONS – GOAL SETTING – DETERMINATION – ANNUAL PLANS – SELF IMPROVEMENT –
but the result is pretty much the same. You decide what you need to do to have a better year and you do it. You can decide you don’t ever want to make a New Year’s resolution – that’s fine – just don’t ever say that you don’t want to change. That is not okay.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Reality and Review
Deciding what to change and what to do next can be a bit daunting. As you think of the many facets to your business and person life, it becomes overwhelming.
One way to get a good focus for the coming year is to have a reality check and do a review.
- Start with a pat on the back. Successes are a great place to begin. What are you particularly proud of from the past year? Make a list of the things you did really well. You want to continue to do well in those areas so it is great to keep them front and center. Think if there is any way to up the game on those items.
- Interview yourself. All of us could give advice to someone going into our field. We’d say “What I learned is…” What did you learn this year about your business? It could be that you are getting more customers from social media or that customers are looking for more personalization. There is something that you have realized and now is the time to think about it and the changes needed.
- Give yourself a break. What was really hard this year? What do you dread about your work? What needs to be easier or streamlined? These are great things to bring into review as they will give you some concrete areas for change.
- Stay positive. Remember that this whole reality and review time isn’t to beat yourself up. It is to make this coming year great. Stay positive. Focus on things you did well so you can keep them up. Focus on things you didn’t do well with the thought in mind that you are going to do well this year.
I am a scholar of life. Every night before I go to sleep, I analyze every detail of what I did that day. I evaluate things and people, which helps me avoid mistakes.