“You never fail until you stop trying” – Albert Einstein
As this “dumpster fire” of the year grinds to an end, many business owners are searching for inspiration for the new year. If your business wants to make real change and change its trajectory, consider actually sticking to some New Year’s Resolutions.
A new year serves as a reset for those who found 2020 so challenging. But like most resolutions what can you do to ensure the ones you set; you stick too?
Get a business coach to hold you accountable. Find an objective business professional to help you maintain a healthy and profitable work-life balance. A business coach isn’t there to give you a laundry list of to do’s they are there to help you reach the goals and objectives you set without excuses.
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What kinds of resolutions should you consider? Here are few to start your brainstorming for your business.
- Delegate More Effectively
- Create a Consistent Content Strategy
- Establish Systems and Process for Key Performance Areas
- Improve your Communication Strategy
- Hold Monthly Training Sessions
- Leverage Technology to Simplify Your Business
- Establish a Committee to Lead your Charitable Efforts
- Update all your SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for Key Results Areas
- Ensure the Members of Your Team are All in the Right Seat
Once you have created resolutions for the business, consider these to elevate your leadership skills.
- Take a seminar or webinar and learn something new you can apply in your business
- Calendar time for yourself to reset and refocus regularly
- Vow to break a bad habit, like working through lunch or answering emails after 10pm
- Learn to let things go, learn from setbacks don’t let them derail you
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Ultimately whether the resolutions are for the business as a whole or just for your personal development, it is critical you stick to them to make the new year better than the last. So…start with the WHY in mind. Why do you want to make the improvements or change? What do you hope will change with these resolutions? Visualize the outcome and make the goals realistic, relevant, and attainable. That doesn’t mean you don’t push yourself or your team, but it does mean you aren’t focused on “pie in the sky” ideas that will never really happen or make a difference in your business.
Write down your goals. Make the viable and visual.
Set milestones and deadlines you can measure.
Update your team regularly with progress and setbacks.
Forget the bad days and keep moving forward.
Schedule activities to force you and your team to drive toward the results you want until the behavior becomes a habit.
If 2020 has taught us anything is that change happens in an instant. Twelve months from now you can be celebrating the victories you have achieved. But you must start today. You can’t procrastinate because the next big crisis is coming. We don’t know what form it will take, but we know that since change is constant, as business leaders we must be ready for anything.
“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” — Gregory S. Williams
Whether you are facing steep challenges or experiencing dramatic declines, remember it is what you do next that can spell success or failure. So, strap in, and get ready for the next rollercoaster ride. 2021, here we come!