I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t believe you can set your goals and plan the year ahead by summing it up in one long sentence. Instead, I begin planning my next year during the last quarter of the current year. I plan ahead by looking behind.
This means that you need to take a look at where you are currently in your online business before you can plan for next year. I set goals during the last quarter for the next year, and then base them on my current progress. I will give you an example.
I write articles. Lots of articles. As I set my goals and adjusted my plans for this year, I set a goal to write 1000 articles by the end of the year. Unless I can write 167 articles very quickly this afternoon, I will have fallen short of my goal. I am fine with this, because I looked at where I was one year ago to see where I can be in the future. With my other goals, I exceeded my expectations and achieved results I had not planned on. In other words, you can make up in another area what you did not achieve in one particular area of your business.
Take a look at what you did to build up your online business this year. Write down everything you did to market yourself – articles, blog posts, social media and networking, teleseminars and internet radio, affiliate marketing, Google Adwords, creating a product, and attending live events. If you did not attend any live events this year, do not set a goal to attend five events next year. It is not congruent with who you are at this point in your life.
I recommend setting goals and writing down your intentions for the coming year, one quarter at a time, based on what you accomplished this year. Doing it this way will make it more likely that you will achieve and even surpass what you want to do.