It is January 10 already and business owners everywhere are getting back to work and hoping that 2011 will be way more profitable and generative than 2010!! Most of us have made the odd New Year resolution or ten for our businesses and are now wondering what it’s going to take for it all to fall into place with ease!
The single biggest mistake I see people make when setting targets is to make a decision that there is only one acceptable outcome. What if there were hundreds of fantastic possibilities that you just haven’t become aware of yet? Would you be willing to have any of those instead of, or as well as what you have in mind?
When I make a target (New Year or otherwise!) I set it with the intention that I’m willing to have something much greater, something I haven’t thought of yet or something that will lead my business into places that set me up for an even more phenomenal future, despite what may sometimes look like ‘failure’ on the surface!
When I worked in corporate, so much importance was vested in the strategic plan. How much of that is a traditional point of view we have bought as real when maybe the current truth about success in business is something else? Strategic planning has been around for a long time and comes from a time when the world moved at one zillionth of the speed it does now. If we stick to our plan, then we fail to factor in all of the new choices and possibilities that are always coming our way!
In my experience, it is much more effective to get your projects up and running as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible so that you can see clearly what needs to change! The most successful people and businesses are not caught up in doing exactly what they said they would in their plan – they are focused on regular reassessment, realignment and adjustment so that they can attain the best results possible given all of the possibilities.
January is a time to put lots of energy into getting everything you can set up, for setting a solid foundation for what you desire to have in your business in 2011, and most importantly for working out quickly what strategies are going to deliver your vision with ease and what ideas need a tiny tweak or a total reinvention!!
Think of your business like surfing… you paddle out, you choose a wave, you paddle like crazy… you catch the wave (or not!), ride it until it stops flowing for you and then do the same again… and each time the wave is different, the conditions are different, you create new possibilities and have different choices. Time to lose the blinkers!!
If you fall down, you get up, have a look at what happened, develop a new balance and have another go, all the while looking out for the next great wave rather than lamenting the one you missed… that’s what distinguishes successful businesses from failures!! What would it take for you to catch a whole lot of waves this month?
This simple strategy is the first step in ‘keeping’ your New Year resolutions! What are the infinite possibilities of 2011 being so much more than your New Year resolutions and your plans? What abundant surprises would you be willing to receive and enjoy in your life and your business this year?