We all want to have a profitable year, a happy year, a healthy year, and of course we want it to be the best year ever!
The question is… How are you going to make it happen? It certainly won’t happen by accident, so you need to prepare for it.
While everyone prepares a little differently I always like to prepare some questions for myself. I believe they help push me in the right direction as the new year approaches. Some of the questions I’ve asked myself over the years are below…
Where is my cleaning business going next year? This may sound simple but at some point you need to just be blunt with yourself. Do you plan on staying put or growing the business? That’s the “in your face” way of phrasing it in my book.
How do you expect this year to be for you? One word that comes to mind for me is… “Positive”. I will have a positive attitude! I will “positively” finish my projects! I will positively encourage my family, employees, to be the best that they can be! Lastly I will positively get my business in the best shape possible! I want my business to be as “fit” as it can be.
What are your goals for the new year? So many people don’t bother writing any goals down, which is sad because goals are your roadmap (they measure progress and or the lack of it). Ideally you should have a 30, 60, 90 day plan to go along with your long-term goals.
Keep your goals “where you can see them”
What words can you come up with as a compass to help you? Doing so will keep you focused and help make your goals become reality. Write them down and put them in a place where you see them everyday. You need to “face” those goals daily!
Also… If you have unfinished projects, put a date to finishing them. Nothing is more daunting than having unfinished projects laying around. And if you plan to advertise your business more then do it now, not at some distant time in the future. It will take some time to get that new business “on the books”.
Do you plan to get in shape? Everyone seems to around New Years! If so don’t say “I’m going to”. Instead say I will. Then put a date to it. Say I will be in shape by Memorial Day (or whatever date seems hard yet workable with effort). By being in physical shape it puts you in good mental shape as well.
What about financial shape? Personal skills too! You must work on them to keep your business going strong because they all tie in together in different ways. Now what about fun? Do you plan to have fun? Yes I said fun!
How do you have fun? This is a big part of the equation too. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy as the saying goes. And it seems to be true. So go out and have fun as that allows you to re-focus on the tasks at hand.
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