There are so many ways that people tackle New Year’s Resolutions or goals for the 2013. In my business this year, I decided to try something different than I had before. I looked over the 2012 and saw tremendous growth and progress. I tried many different things. Some worked, some did not.
It is fun to look back and look at successes! Things I had almost forgotten about, or maybe hadn’t quite given the celebration they deserved as I was busy moving on to the next project.
- Hosted three all day Employee Engagement workshops for supervisors and managers at a large insurance company
- Hosted 2 successful team building scavenger hunts (one in the spring and one in the fall)
- Became a published author, twice.
- The Unstoppable Woman’s Guide to Emotional Well-Being
- Success Guide for the Unstoppable Entrepreneur
While looking over the year, I noticed one thing was missing… a clear strategy to follow. I am extremely good at taking a new idea and running with it to see if it will work. That has led to a lot of success in my work life, but it also kind of gives a willy-nilly feeling. Have you ever had that?
Throughout the year, I managed to stay true to my vision of helping others develop their people skills and become influential leaders. I used that as a guide to make decisions, but yet the lack of an overall strategy lingers in the back of my mind as I look back on my year.
I did a quick search for the definition of strategy and liked these two the most from Merriam-webster.com (since I am not planning a military attack):
- a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective
- the means or procedure for doing something
Great, yes, that’s what I need for my business in 2013! Perfect! Now what?
I sat back and gave it some more thought. Pulling from my training and experience, this is what I devised as my plan for the year. As I approach each area of my business, I’m going to analyze each opportunity based on the following questions.
- Where are you now?
- Where do you want to go?
- How will you get there?
- Possible barriers and ways around, over, or through them?
My goal is to do this at least quarterly, if not monthly. The ultimate goal is to use my most valuable resources strategically (time and money).
Seems simple right?
I know that it is the perfect challenge for myself as a leader, and for my business. We all get busy just doing the work that needs to be done. All of us do it, but it doesn’t make it ok to use that as an excuse.
Are you falling into that trap?
I am going to reprint this file and post it on my wall and do a self-check from time to time to see where I am spending my time. The green zone is where we want to be as influential leaders. Feel free to print it and post it on your desk too!
What are your goals or New Year’s Resolutions? Please share!