It’s the day after Christmas and I’m sitting in my office. Over the last month, I’ve already started writing out our plans and goals for 2018. We’ve made movements in the right direction, including updating all of our home stager training programs and updating our websites. When I look at our business plans for 2017 and 2018, it shows both how much we’ve grown and how much we have left to do. Progress is an ever moving target though, isn’t it?
Through my goal setting sessions in the last week, I was asked a series of questions. The one that stands out the most to me is, “If I achieved all of my life’s goals, how would I feel? How can I feel that along the way?” We had 90 seconds to answer.
My answer was, “Goals are achieved step by step. We must revel in each accomplishment along the way. Life’s goals should be achieved as it should be a constantly moving target.”
Defining success and your “Life’s Goals”, and pursuing then with passion and perseverance, is what will define how you feel on a day to day basis about both your business and life in general.
As you wrap up your year, ask yourself some basic questions. The answers to these will help you asses where you are in your business (and life) now, and where you want to go next year. Without at least a general idea of destination, then life will take you where it wants, which is rarely where you actually want to be.
- What did I DO this year that was unexpected? Did this positively or negatively impact the pursuit of my goals and my feelings toward being a successful business person?
- What did I spend too much time, money, or energy on in this year that was unproductive? What should I have spent that time, money, or energy on instead? How will I correct this in 2018?
- In order to make room for my goals, I must clear a space for them in my life. What am I willing to get rid of that no longer serves me?
- They say that failure is the biggest teacher. What was the failure that I learned the most from this year? note: If you didn’t have a big failure, then you probably weren’t playing full out.
- How do I define success? What is the one thing I can do every day that will make me feel successful? note: This is a good time to determine if your definition is serving you. If it isn’t, then you can always change how you define it.
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