New Year, What’s your dream?

Is your new year’s resolution is to push your business to that next level, here are some top tips to help you break it down and make 2018 your year.

REFLECT ON 2017

Take some time out to reflect on the past year – what did you achieve? Were there any low points and what could you do differently in the future?  How has your past year’s experiences helped you to develop as a company?

WHO ARE YOUR BUSINESS IDOLS?

Who in the business world motivates you because they are just so damn good at their job?  How have they earned your admiration and what can you learn from them? Check out all their social media, and really analyse how they achieved their success and how they interact with their customers, What are they doing differently to you and could you adopt any of their methods.   It’s a great way to help build your business without any cost attached.

SWOT YOUR BUSINESS REGULARY

Really analysing your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats can help you to understand what the next steps should be for your company. Are you maximising your strengths and how are you going make the best of your opportunities?  If you have weaknesses or potential threats, identify how you could turn them into strengths and opportunities.

UPDATE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN

This may sound a bit obvious, of course you have a business plan, right?  When did you write it? I quite often go into businesses and ask for this and get a blank look or they dust of one off from an old cupboard that they wrote in 2001.  Time flies, make sure you update it at least annually and set yourself goals for your plan to succeed.

COMMUNICATION

As well as attending events that will help you get your name out there, ensure you are a Social Networking Guru. Are your platforms updated regularly with useful information for your customers? Do you have customers that can continuously endorse your skills on these platforms? Secondly join community and business groups related to your business and service.  Form opinions on important industry topics and comment on discussions, start your own discussions and get your name out there as someone who knows what they are talking about.

CONTINUOUS ASSESMENT

Every month check your business plan and ensure you are on target with the goals you have set yourself.  If you are behind, set yourself more manageable targets to achieve your goals don’t forget all about them otherwise you will be setting the same goals annually and moving nowhere fast.

VISUALISE THE END RESULT

The most important part of your journey is to continuously visualise yourself this time next year when your goals are achieved. How you will feel? What will it mean to you? Remember if you work at your goals you WILL elevate your business to the next level.

According to research, visualisation works because the neurons in the brain interpret imagery as the equivalent to a real-life action. When we visualise our future, the brain generates an impulse that tells our brain to actually perform this action.  So visualise away!

Good Luck on reaching your goals this year, and if you need some help you know where I am.