Changing the way things are done can bring opportunities for greater success, but reaction to change may bring up fears, both obvious and subtle, that can result in a decrease in quality and a loss of production. When it comes to work and business, it can be tempting to give in to those anxieties by doing what’s always been done, you know, the comfort zone syndrome.
I recently moved to a new home and embraced that idea of not doing my day the same way I have in the past. Being in inquiry has proved to be very valuable: what is the outcome I desire? Am I giving myself the opportunity to achieve that outcome? What sets me up to be my best self in all areas? What brings me joy no matter what I am doing? And, priming the pump to have a better year always involves some form of adjustment to free up the time, money, mindsets and energy to tackle new opportunities.
Here are some areas to ponder to help you decide
what changes are the most important ones to make?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What personal and business tolerations interfered with personal and work progress? To tolerate is defined as, “To allow something, even if it is not your practice or something that you like.” Tolerations are a good indication of issues that are calling for you to recognize and be shifted.
- Were last year’s goals reached? Why or why not? When you recognize why and how you specifically achieved a goal you can then recreate the success. Often the issue with not achieving what you wanted is that the goals were not written down or if they were not reviewed regularly. Setting new goals without having evaluated the previous year’s goals can result in a cycle of substandard results. Without beating yourself up how will you begin this year differently?
- What fiscally responsible goal (making more money, collaborating, creating new products/services, improved marketing strategy, etc.) will also be fun? If you are not passionate and enjoying what you are doing/creating it will be evident in your work.
What do you need to change to have a better year?
- Choose passion over profit. Connect to your bigger purpose in life, work and business and the rewards will flow effortlessly. Passionate people attract success and have a lot more enjoyment along the way.
- Higher learning. Technology changes fast. Staying on top of what’s working now is only half the battle. Discovering what’s up and coming, and leveraging that knowledge, is the key to an exceptional year. If technology does not thrill you, hire someone to support you that love it. Technology is an avenue that can enhance the ease in running your business; let it work for you.
- Celebrate success. Acknowledging and rewarding success keeps everyone motivated. Mark those mini-milestones with celebration and recognition every day! Also, make it a practice to share your successes with a trusted advisor regularly.
- Add, don’t subtract. Your products and services will be consistently changing. When you notice a shift in what is being purchased, there is an opportunity to change. Instead of cutting prices, add value instead–bundle existing services/products, add bonuses or create new offerings.
- What are your blind spots? Blind spots in the work and business environment can be harder to identify than those in your car. Find a trusted advisor/coach to help you identify your blind spots. This can be a very liberating experience.
- Ask around. Getting honest feedback from clients, customers and service providers is invaluable. Your greatest opportunities and growth can come from soliciting well-intentioned feedback. Sometimes what needs to change is missed because it is so “obvious.”
The New Year is the traditional starting place for setting goals and revaluating, and yet, it is only one option. Everyday provides an opportunity to start over, leaving behind that which did not meet your expectations while meeting the new day fresh.
I know without a doubt that you have tremendous gifts and talents that are waiting to be realized and expressed. If you do not bring them forth everyone loses. Your work/business provides an avenue for the deepest amount of growth and self-expression. Will you say, “YES, I AM ALL IN” throughout 2016?
Success is determined by both the small and large accomplishments all linked together: don’t wait another moment!
Love and Blessings…