Changing the how things are done can bring opportunities for great success. But as humans our reaction to change may be fearful and irrational (conscious or unconscious), which can result in failures. When it comes to work and business, it can be tempting to give in to those anxieties by doing what is most comfortable and familiar – the way it has always been done. But priming the pump with heartfelt intentions to have a better year involves some form of adjustment to free up the time, money and energy to tackle new opportunities.
How do you decide what changes are the most important ones to make?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What personal and business tolerations interfered with personal and work progress? Tolerations are a good indication of issues in need of resolution.
- Were last year’s goals reached? Why or why not? How will those obstacles be addressed? Setting new goals without having evaluated the previous year’s goals can result in a cycle of substandard results.
- What fiscally responsible goal (making more money, collaborating, creating new products/services, improved marketing strategy, etc.) will also be fun? All work and no play make Jack a dull (and bored) boy, as the saying goes.
What do you desire to be different to have a better year?
Choose passion over profit. Connect to your bigger purpose in life, work and business and the rewards will flow effortlessly. Passionate people attract success.
Continuous learning. Technology changes fast. Staying on top of what’s working now is only half the battle. Discovering what’s up and coming and leveraging that knowledge is the key to an exceptional year.
Celebrate success. Acknowledging and rewarding success keeps everyone motivated. Pause and mark those mini-milestones with celebration and recognition!
What are your blind spots? Every driver has blind spots. That’s what rear-view mirrors are for. Blind spots in your personal life, work and business can be harder to identify. How does a person avert disaster without the benefit of mirrors?
Ask around. Getting honest feedback from friends, loved ones, clients, customers and service providers can be as uncomfortable as it is invaluable. Do it anyway.
Seek professional help. Hire a coach like myself to provide powerful question and an objective perspective to see what you may be missing.
Coffee/connection time. Chat up a colleague and encourage them to share their observations about what you are doing well and what needs improvement. Sometimes what needs to change is missed because it is so “obvious.”
Moving into the New Year doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. Having a clear sense of what’s ahead can circumvent failure and create a successful year.
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