Will 2011 be a breakthrough year for you? I believe the last seven days of the year are the most important ones, when it comes to planning out what your next year will be like. The end of any year is a perfect time to reflect upon what you have accomplished, take inventory of how you feel about your life, and to develop a written plan for what you want to achieve during the coming year.
Each year at this time I do this for both my personal and business life. I’ll share some of the business part here for you. First, I reflect upon what I have accomplished during the year. This year my business grew in both planned and unexpected ways. I had planned to teach a number of classes online, create several new products, speak at several events across the country, and to grow my list. This was the part of my business that I planned, and it worked out very well.
The part that I did not plan was related to my book – Huge profits With a Tiny List – being published. You see, I did not make the conscious decision to write this book until I was with my Mastermind group at the end of January, 2010. Even though writing a book was in the back of my mind, I had not made the decision to write until Armand Morin discussed it with our group while we were together in Las Vegas. I then told Jeanette Cates that it was my intention to write the book before our next meeting at the end of May, and she showed me how I could do that easily, without having to give up anything else I was doing.
This led to many new opportunities for me throughout the remainder of the year, so as I reviewed my business plan for the last two quarters I had to adjust for this. The result was that I earned more money, became more credible to my target market, and felt much better about myself – a huge jump in self-confidence and self-esteem – when it came to my business.
This is all related to your taking inventory of how you feel. When we have our own business we are responsible for our feelings of self-worth, so you want to make sure your business is giving you ample opportunity to feel good about what you are doing. My goal is to teach people how to build a profitable business they can run from home, so I feel good when my students share their success stories with me. This comes in the form of testimonials and emails about what they have achieved, and also what they tell me when I meet them in person at a live event.
Finally, write down what you want to achieve during the coming year. Everyone seems to recommend this, yet fewer than 10% of us actually take the time to put pen to paper. That’s right, you must actually write it down by hand before you transfer it to your computer. There have been many studies about the power of writing down your goals and ideas, and I chose to believe that this was a good idea about six years ago. I have been successful beyond my wildest dreams, so I believe it to be true.
Make 2011 your best year yet. Take the time this week to reflect upon what you have accomplished, take inventory of how you feel about your life right now, and develop a written plan for what you want to achieve in the new year.