Now Christmas is almost upon us, it is time to start thinking about the coming year, and to set our goals. Whilst I realise many people find it hard to stop working even over the festive season, hopefully most people have a few days to sit back and relax. After all, taking time to plan things, is every bit as important as executing them, so a time for both reflection and for looking ahead is good for anyone.
Goals can be both personal and business orientated, after all for many business owners, the two are inextricably linked (the money generated by the business goes to paying for personal goals). But the single most important thing about setting goals, is writing them down. Until you write something down, a goal is really just a dream in your head, and therefore far less likely to actually come to fruition. However, once on paper, the goal suddenly becomes reality, and it becomes much clearer what needs to be done to make it happen.
Ideally the next step is then to find a trusted friend or business colleague to share your goals with, so that they can hold you accountable to achieving your targets. I have recently gone through this exact process with two business owners who I trust, and we have all set down our goals for our businesses. We will meet on a regular monthly basis to update each other as to what we have achieved, and can offer ideas and advice to each other as to how we can improve or change things.
So until next year, have a great break, a very Happy Christmas, and give yourself a chance to look to the future with optimism and purpose.