The festive time is one to reflect on the things we’re grateful for. You’re proud of all that you’ve accomplished in 2013 but you can’t actually say that it’s working yet.
The pieces are starting to fit together nicely, you’re so much clearer about what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and who you’re in business for. You’re well on your way from taking your idea into reality, but you’re still not 100% confident that it’s going to work.
You need more people to believe in your idea. You need more clients. You need more money!
So how can you actually make it work in 2014?
learn from the past
As you reflect back on 2013, there may be some things that didn’t go as planned or perhaps not as well as you would have liked for them to. There may even be some things that you kept on your to do list but didn’t get around to doing at all. Maybe something held you back – lack of confidence, fear of the unknown, inertia, or you were just too comfortable to move from your comfort zone.
Even if you didn’t quite complete everything you set out to do, you will have learned something from it. Think back to the point at which some things stopped working. What happened? What could you do next time to make sure that thing doesn’t get in the way again?
where are you heading?
In Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he says that in order to be successful in reaching our goals we must “begin with the end in mind”. Have you ever noticed that once you identify something you want, you start to see it around you and it comes up in conversations more than it ever did before? Your brain looks for clues to support your goal.
How does this matter in business?
Take yourself forward to the end of 2014. Picture yourself sitting in front of the Christmas tree, glass of wine in hand, and reminiscing about the year that has just passed. What are you telling yourself that you’re happy to have achieved?
Maybe you now have a solid business plan.
Maybe you have a new venue for the next phase of your project.
Maybe you have a new corporate contract that will provide funding for your business.
Really imagine all of those things that happened over the course of 2014 that you’re pleased with.
As you think of these things, how do you feel? Maybe you’re feeling accomplished or proud. Excited or relieved.
What are other people saying to you about your business? What are your beneficiaries saying? What impact have you made to their lives?
plan, plan, plan
You now have a vision of where you’re heading in 2014 What components make up that vision? Perhaps you need people, vendors, marketing, research, legal structures, funding, venues, etc. List out all of the components that you need to work on in order to get you to where you want to go.
Once you have a list of components, rank each of them on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being everything is complete in that area and 1 being the complete opposite of the 10. What rank out of 10 do they need to be at in order for you to achieve your 2014 year end vision? What does that look like?
For each of the components, ask yourself what you need to see happen by the end of November to let you know you’re on track for the end of December. What about the end of October? September?
Continue with this exercise until you have a month by month description of what you need to see each month in each area to let you know you’re on track.
over to you…
What have you learned in 2013 that you don’t want to repeat in 2014? What are your hopes for your business?
The thought of business planning can send some people into a panic. Instead of putting these steps in place, you may want to run and hide and just hope that things work out somehow. Yet failing to plan is planning to fail. If you want to learn how to plan for your business in a way that works for you, then click here to book your free consultation.