It’s easy to get distracted during the holidays and tell yourself you’ll start with a clean slate when the New Year rolls around.
But here’s the problem.
The close of the holiday season can sometimes lead to the “January blues,” leaving business owners feeling drained and unmotivated.
The New Year is typically the time people want to make changes in their lives and their business. So, now’s the time to get focused and make big moves that’ll set you up for an awesome 2019.
Here are 5 tips for boosting morale and creating enthusiasm for a fresh new year.
1. Review Your Business Plan. Use your business plan as a touchstone for getting aligned to your annual priorities and initiatives, and your quarterly actions. It is a compass, so use it to calibrate yourself to your business. (If you haven’t yet done your annual business planning, read my post on 8 Business Planning Tips to Set Your Business Up for Success in 2019).
2. Connect with Your Network. Relationships, relationships, relationships. If you’re in business, then you are in the business of relationships. Make a commitment to reconnect with your network of clients, past clients, colleagues and referral partners on a weekly basis. Continuing to build rapport and having a healthy dialogue with the people in your network breeds new opportunities and a different perspective.
3. Watch Out for Distractions. Stay focused, protect your time, practice good energy management and create better boundaries. Use your quarterly management accountability plan to develop monthly action plans and weekly to-dos that direct your activities, so that you stay focused on what’s important. Park any good ideas and say no (or not now) to things that aren’t in direct alignment with your business strategy and annual goals.
4. Take a Break. Schedule ‘whitespace’ into your calendar on a regular basis. This is an appointment with yourself. Whether it’s a half hour daily, two hours weekly, a half day monthly. It’s up to you. The point is to take yourself out of the weeds of the day-to-day operations of running your business to take time to think. It’s in the whitespace of being time instead of doing time that your creativity, inspiration and innovative ideas have the opportunity to rise above the noise in your head and land into your conscious awareness.
5. Enlist Support. Nobody makes it alone. Assemble your team of peers and mentors and hire a business coach to help you strategically grow your business, so you can be more proactive and work smarter, not harder. Without a sound strategy and a plan, it’s all too easy to become a busy fool. A business coach can work with you to quickly assess where your efforts should best be directed in order to capitalize on your business strengths.
When I work with my clients to help them navigate their business growth to multiple six and seven figures, I assist them in transforming their big-picture vision into an operationalized strategic growth plan with quarterly management accountability plans that guide big rock initiatives toward tangible goals. I offer personalized guidance to help them focus on the right things that will lead to growth, profitability and sustainability.
Imagine if you had the confidence and the clarity to grow your business with more purpose and more profit. How would having a more proactive and focused approach to running your business impact you, your employees, your customers and your bottom line?
Contact me to apply for a complimentary Discovery Call to see how business coaching with me, can help accelerate your success.