…or are you just going to wing it? Every year we do it; we make a resolution to lose weight, quit smoking, get our finances in order or do something that we have always wanted to do and yet within a couple of weeks we have either fallen off the wagon or just simply forgotten about the changes that we have committed to ourselves, and I am the first one to raise my hand and admit my guilt in this area.
But the end of 2011 brought about several large changes in my life and as the year was coming to and end it was a perfect time to reflect on the ups and downs and take an honest look on what changes I could make in 2012.
One of the major decisions that I made was that I wanted to start of the year with a plan – actually a couple of plans – one for my personal life and one for the business. I found a strategic planning course that my business partner Wayne and I took together. We spent time in class defining our goals, evaluating our obstacles and developing a course of daily action steps to achieve the goals that we have laid out.
In her article entitled 3 Key Steps To Setting Successful Business Goals, Jennifer Lewis states that while setting goals is important, it is crucial that “your business plan be a living document and not something you simply stuff into a drawer and never look at again. These goals (or a fully reworked business plan) are supposed to help guide you through the coming year so you want to take time to look at them frequently to evaluate if you are making progress towards achieving those goals and, if not, how you might want to change course while you still have time to make a difference.”
It’s not too late – take some time to think through what you want to accomplish in 2012 in both your business and personal lives and take the steps to make your dreams a reality.