Don’t bother making New Year’s business resolutions this year. Make a two month or three month goal. Super busy and can’t see that far? Develop a two week goal.
Because New Year’s resolutions don’t work. You’ll lose focus too easy. Or find new goals and get distracted. And once you miss the target, you’ll lose valuable momentum.
I have been guilty of this myself. I sat down to plan my business goals this year. I tried a few times to visualize what I wanted for my business this year. And something kept coming up to distract me. And I couldn’t think big picture. So it hit me:
Stop planning big goals. Start planning fierce goals for 30, 60, or 90 days. Get started with these short term goals. Have some wins. Make adjustments when it doesn’t work. And gather the wins at the end of the year to celebrate.
It’s easier in today’s busy times to think short term. It alleviates the pressure. You can spend more time working on goals rather than beating yourself up when things don’t work.
You know like the “I’m gonna get healthy this year resolution”. I know you’ve seen it. The person joins a gym in January full steam. But quits in a few months. Usually after the first bad snowstorm or rough week at work. I’ve done it myself. I worked out for 2 months and then spent 10 months lamenting once my schedule got disrupted.
Shoulda, coulda, woulda! lol.
Please don’t think that the long term planning and strategizing are not important. They are. I want you to retire one day without stressing over money. I want you to have an exit plan for your business. And I want your kids and your grandkids to see that your hard work had a purpose.
But sometimes it’s hard to focus on the long term. There are tons of daily distractions. The stress of the daily cash flow demons. Or the “I got more month than money” challenges that many small businesses face.
So don’t focus on long term right now. Start with some short term wins. Talk to your coach or mentor about where you need to focus. Have an honest look at your financials. Or go deep and look at the areas of your business that you’ve been neglecting.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Hire your first freelancer/employee. But first, create a manual so everyone is clear about what success looks like.
- Create and market your first online product. Yes, you’ll need to adjust with your first product. But get started so you can diversify your income streams.
- Develop an easy to use business plan. Here’s one that I created. It is simple and focused on finding more target customers/prospects
- Find out what is really bugging your customers. What problems do they need solved? Test a new product/service. But don’t create the “be all, end all” product. Just start solving one mini problem.
So share one of your mini goals. Post it to my Facebook page. I’ll share encouraging ideas for all who post! Or tweet me at @mallaharidat.
Include the hashtag #No2016Resolutions. And let’s do this!!