If you want this year to be better, more successful, or at least different than last, you’ll have to tweak a few things to be more efficient and productive.
1) Don’t dwell, look forward. Briefly assess where you are in your business and why you haven’t generated the results you desire. What limiting beliefs are you buying into? “I don’t deserve more income,” “owning a business is hard work,” “work can’t be fun,” “I’m in this all by myself,” “no one can afford my product,” or “my services aren’t valuable enough.” Figure out what’s in your way, do what you can or hire a coach to overcome the obstacles and don’t look back anymore… look forward. That’s the direction you’re going.
2) Eliminate distractions. Rid yourself of what’s depleting your good energy and making it hard to focus on generative activities. Time-blocking is a great technique to get more completed in less time. Also, consider relinquishing a post, resigning from a position, or leaving a committee that no longer directly impacts your business or end goal. You can still be involved… just don’t allow it to be a distraction. Your primary focus should be your business. Cut ties to eliminate negative energy with business partners, colleagues and friends who divert your attention. It may feel selfish but this actually shows you value yourself and your worth.
3) Work smarter, not harder. Make a point everyday to complete at least one income-producing activity. If this makes you cringe, it may be time to outsource important tasks you’ve been putting off, like follow up, marketing, sales, customer service, or data entry. If you don’t like the activity or aren’t good at it, you’ll procrastinate and it will negatively impact your business. Outsourcing allows you to work efficiently on activities you excel at, relieves stress and anxiety, and can ultimately generate more revenue than the cost to outsource. One day you’ll look back and wonder how you did it all by yourself for so long.
4) Find support in accountability partners and groups. Having a cheering section to celebrate your successes, hold you accountable, and support you with struggles and unexpected obstacles is powerful and potent. Join a professional community or mastermind group or pull together one or a few like-minded pals to check in with and turn to when you struggle to stay on track.
5) Stop planning, start acting. Don’t paralyze yourself with planning. No matter how much you plan, you will never think of every caveat nor have it planned out perfectly. Step into action, with your goal in mind, knowing you can make adjustments along the way. What would it take to play full out and take the necessary steps to put things into motion? As Nike says, “Just do it!”
The truth is this year won’t be very different from last year unless you shake up and tweak a few things.
Are you committed to making the changes needed to achieve all that you desire, this year and beyond? Give me a big old YES in the comments below if you are.
Let this be the year that different is a good thing.
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