As we speed towards the holidays your mind might already be mulling over what you want to achieve in 2017.
However, as well as setting your intentions for the New Year it’s also important to review the year that’s ending so that you can learn everything you can from it.
2016 has been a tumultuous year: in world events; in politics; and for many of us in our own businesses and personal lives. Because of that it’s vital to draw a line in the sand in order to move forward.
With that in mind here’s how I approach my end of year goal setting:
Be Your Own Cheerleader
Before you dive into all the things you want to be better at in 2017 I think it’s important to recognise how far you have already come and give yourself a pat on the back for all you have achieved. Think back over the highs of the year, even small steps forward are taking you on your journey. Many of us are too hard on ourselves and don’t give ourselves enough recognition for a job well done. Be your own cheerleader as we close out the year and promise you will continue in that role in the months ahead.
Next measure exactly where you are now. Without actual figures written down you have no benchmark. So record the following: your figures for followers on social media; your mailing list figure; how many visits you get to your website monthly; and your revenue for the year.
Look at what products or services were popular in your business this year. Take time to actually itemise out volume and then consider whether you should be focusing on selling more of those items and perhaps letting some aspects of your business go. De-cluttering can be a powerful tool to focus our sights more sharply.
Think about what is important for you in your business in 2017. Is it getting more visibility, is it revenue goals, is it striking a better life/work balance or something completely different? We are all at different life and business stages and what’s important for one person might be completely different for another. There is no right or wrong answer but pay close attention to what your needs are.
Lastly, create your big picture goals and then break those down into smaller achievable steps and actually record them in a journal or calendar etc. Big picture could be I want to write a book, detailed picture could be giving yourself a deadline and a daily word-count. Big picture could be launching a new website, detailed picture will be all the small steps to get you there.
If something is a big picture goal it’s unlikely to get achieved unless you break it down into smaller steps, after all you don’t want it still on your goals list in December 2017 ☺
If you want to dive into any of these in more detail you might want to head over and join the Momentum community. Our live training this month is on reviewing your year, setting goals and more importantly taking the steps to achieve them. You can find out more about Momentum at this link.