When December approaches I often find myself reflecting on the year just passing and thinking of the aims I had at the beginning of the year.
I tend to have ‘themes’ for each year which guide where i am going to concentrate my efforts and invariably find Winter the season for cutting back, eliminating and letting go.
As business owners we all try to do too much, start new things without finishing them and procrastinate on our goals.
I see Spring as the season to think about new products and services, new ways to wow our customers, The Summer for making new contacts and getting those products out – so much nicer to network when the sun is shining! – and Autumn for nurturing all our relationships, cementing joint ventures.
Winter reflection is very important to me – its not something I do overnight. Good incisive questions like;
What was it that I did so well, that I should do more of it because it made the biggest difference to my business?
What’s the next thing and how does it help achieve my overall long term goal?
What did I enjoy, what didn’t I enjoy, what else can I delegate? Was i bold enough?
What’s my main theme for the year to help my own personal development?
These and many more need answering before any new goals are considered. It might just be a question of reviewing and updating current ones.