A new year is just around the corner. Most people want to wait until January 1st to make their New Year's resolution, but I am a BIG believer that January 1st is the same day as every other day of the year. Don't wait for this novelty day to create a positive change that you want to see in your life. Do it now! Here are 7 things you can do NOW to radically increase your chances of success in 2017.
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1. Review 2016.
Start by taking a look at what you did this year. Did you achieve all the things you wanted to do? Did you do okay? Did you completely drop the ball and fail to deliver on a variety of different things? Regardless of your situation, look back on 2016 and identify the key things you want to improve. And you can ALWAYS improve.
If you're in business, crunch your numbers and identify the areas that you can optimise. Can you increase profitability by switching providers? Are there any internal team issues that are slowing down progress? Any obstacles inhibiting growth? Whatever can be improved, make sure you note it down AND create actionable solutions and steps. Don't move on until you'd identified these.
2. Create SIMPLE goals.
If you haven't set goals already, now is the time to do it. You should set both short terms and long term goals, but the most important thing is that they are SIMPLE. If you have too many or they are too complex, you won't achieve them and you'll lose track. I would keep it to a maximum of 5 - 7 for each. For example, you might have:
- Get 3 new clients every month.
- Write a new blog article every week.
- Join a networking group.
- Read a book a month.
- Find a mentor.
- Increase business monthly revenue by 30%.
- Form a key distributor partnership.
- Write and publish book.
- Donate $5000 to charity.
- Do 3 full trainings.
These are just a few examples. Make sure that all of your goals are a part of your long term vision. Treat them like stepping stones in order for you to get where you want to be. If they don't serve your personal or company's larger vision, tweak them until they do.
3. Invest in your online presence.
It's almost 2017, if you're still not creating content and being active on social media, what are you doing!? 'I don't have time' or 'I don't know how' is not a good enough excuse. First of all, we all have the same amount of hours in a day, and secondly, it's not that hard to learn. All you have to do is actually do it.
Use the remaining weeks of the year to prepare your accounts. Some things you can do are:
- Refresh your social media account.
- Update your cover photos with fresh designs.
- Update all your information so it's all prominent and engaging.
- Update your website if you need to (or make one here if you don't already have one!)
- Delete any accounts you realistically won't ever use (if that Twitter account is dead - get rid of it!)
- Create at least 3 pieces of content for your site, either videos or blog articles.
4. Update your workspace.
Studies have shown that a messy workspace can inhibit productivity. Throw out anything you don't need or use, replace broken equipment and ditch anything that contributes to mess and disorganisation. While you're doing the physical cleaning, you can also do some digital cleaning. Organise your files and documents, change your passwords, delete unimportant emails and keep it all clean!
5. Exercise more.
Exercise is a critical part of your overall wellbeing. It's obviously great for your health, it gives you energy, it improves your mood, it helps you sleep better and realistically it's not that hard to do! Even if its a short jog, a home workout, a game of basketball, exercise should be a part of your daily routine (or at least 3 times a week). If you struggle to find time, or you just find exercising in general difficult, check out the app Seven which has seven-minute workouts that require no equipment and you can do from home any time. It's great!
6. Make time for personal development.
Work can get hectic, and when you're 'short on time' you let personal development slip. Realistically, it should be a priority. Everybody has the same amount of hours, it's just a matter of your priorities, so make sure that you build personal development into your schedule. Identify at least 3 areas you want to improve in the new year. Maybe it's daily meditation, spending 10 - 15% of income on updating your skills through training or seminars, reading more often, eating better, even drinking more water. Note down whatever those areas are.
The next step is to create a plan for how you will deliver on those personal development goals, otherwise you'll just let them slip again. If it's a daily habit you want to start doing, allocate time for it every day. If it's a skill you want to acquire, figure out how much it costs and how long it will take to learn, then schedule it in. There HAS to be space in your calendar for personal development.
7. Look after yourself.
I recently spent 8 days straight renovating my house all day every day, and working long hours at night. The hours meant I didn't get to eat properly either. I burnt myself out, and I've been sick for a week. You can't enjoy success, money, family, travel or anything else if you're sick or injured. The only way you can hit the ground running in 2017 is if you take the time to get healthy, increase your energy and continue to look after yourself.
Improve your diet, do more exercise, meditate, sleep properly, drink more water and spend time relaxing. Commit to this - it's one of the most important things you can ever do.
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As we close in on another trip around the sun, take some time to look back on the year that was and create an actionable plan for 2017. Failing to plan is planning to fail! Make sure you're committed to achieving your business and personal goals in the new year.