09 December 2011

20 WAYS TO END 2011 ON A POSITIVE NOTE

Here are 20 suggestions to end 2011 on a positive note and to get your business in good shape for a sensational 2012.

  1. Start to think about your top 5 business goals for 2012 (and have at least one really, really BIG goal).
  2. Pick one advisor/mentor whom has gone out of their way to support you during the year and write them a sincere thank you letter – and when I say write I mean write, not an email, not a typed “Dear Sir”, a good old fashioned hand-written letter.
  3. Make a list of your 2011 business triumphs and put them where everyone can see them. Then reach up and give yourself a big pat on the back.
  4. Pick one bad business habit that you are going to end in 2012.
  5. Identify the one thing you are going to do much better next year.
  6. Pick up the phone and call your best customers just to let them know how much you appreciate their business. Heck, if you can make the time ring them all.
  7. Pick a charity that aligns with your own beliefs to support in 2012.
  8. Get rid of at least 5 “incompletes” that are bugging you. Do this before the New Year starts.
  9. Take every staff member aside and let them know how much they are appreciated. Be sincere, be honest and look them in the eye and say “thank you”.
  10. In 2012, commit at least one hour every day to building a stronger, smarter and more profitable business.
  11. Work out what skills you want to improve upon in 2012 and map out how you are going to achieve this.
  12. Pick one BIG thing that you are going to change to get more work/life balance back into your world.
  13. Work out how you will reward yourself in 2012. Plan that holiday, get a brochure of the new car or take a photo of your new boat.
  14. Get specific about your business development in 2012 – how many new clients do you want, who are they, how much will they spend with your business and how will you get them?
  15. What investments are you going to make into your business in 2012?
  16. Decide how you are going to improve your online presence in 2012.
  17. Review your prices. Are you charging enough? Are you charging what you are worth?
  18. Pick three ways to drastically improve your customer’s experience with your business. (Conduct a survey, call them, just let them know you care.)
  19. Clean up your office, your workshop, your car, your wardrobe – the lot. Start 2012 with a clean slate.
  20. Remember how you felt to start the new school year, back when you had a new uniform, a new lunch box, a new pencil case and so on. Why not go out and buy some new clothes for the start of the 2012 working year so you feel GREAT when you go back to “school”?

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