The Road Ahead: What Will You Do Differently in 2013?

Changing the way things are done can bring opportunities for great success. However if our reaction to change is fearful (or even irrational), it can result in failure, diminished quality and loss of productivity.

When it comes to work and business, it can be tempting to give in to those anxieties by doing what we’ve always done. But priming the pump for a better year involves some form of adjustment to free up the time, money and energy needed to invite opportunities for success.

How do you decide what changes are the most important to make? Start by asking yourself these questions:

1.  What personal and/or business tolerations have interfered with your progress over the past year? Tolerations are a good indication of issues in need of resolution.

2.  Were last year’s goals reached? Why or why not? How will those obstacles be addressed? Setting new goals without having evaluated the previous year’s goals can result in a cycle of substandard results.

3.  What fiscally responsible goal (making more money, collaborating, creating new products/services, improved marketing strategy, etc.) will also be enjoyable? All work and no play make Jack a dull (and bored) boy, as the saying goes.

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.

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.

Celebrate success. Acknowledging and rewarding success keeps everyone motivated. Mark those mini-milestones with celebration and recognition!

Add, don’t subtract. When repeat clients stop buying your products or services, something needs to change. Instead of cutting prices, add value instead–bundle existing services/products, add bonuses or create new offerings.

What are your blind spots? 

Every driver has blind spots. That’s what rear-view mirrors are for. Blind spots in the work and business environment can be harder to identify. How does a person avert disaster in a work environment without the benefit of mirrors?

Ask around. Getting honest feedback from clients, customers and service providers can be as uncomfortable as it is invaluable. Do it anyway.

Coffee time. Chat with colleagues and encourage them to share their observations about what you are doing well and what needs improvement. Sometimes what needs to change is missed because it is so “obvious.”

Seek professional help. Getting an objective outsiders opinion can help you see what is going well or not.

Making changes in the New Year doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. Having a clear sense of what’s ahead will circumvent failure and set you up for a successful year.

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