2016 is quickly approaching, it’s hard to believe it’s less than a week away! To get ready for the new year, it’s time to celebrate your successes, acknowledge your failures, and assess where you are right now. Follow the steps below to wrap up 2015 and move into 2016 for your best year yet!
1. List your accomplishments for 2015: big and small, tangible and intangible, significant and seemingly insignificant. The idea is to celebrate and recognize that you have done a lot and you are capable of a lot. You’ll be able to refer back to this list of wins whenever you need to reinforce your worth as a capable, committed and persistent winner.
For each of your wins, ask yourself what you did to accomplish this, looking at the specific tools, techniques, resources and people that were most helpful.
2. Make another list acknowledging all your failures, disappointments, and breakdowns for the year. List the things you did not complete, and be really honest with yourself about why you didn’t follow through.
Some possible reasons might be:
• It seemed like a good idea but turned out not to be
• It’s something I thought I should do but didn’t really want to do
• I did something else, instead, to please someone else
• I did not have the resources I needed to complete this project
• I recognized that, for whatever reason, it wasn’t doable at this time and I chose to let it go
Now that you have a clean slate and you’ve set aside your wins and losses from last year, let’s look ahead to this year.
3. Imagine that your firm has its own version of the Super Bowl, except yours is NOW instead of in February. Reflect on the goals your company needs to achieve in order to win your Super Bowl.
4. Break those goals down into small, achievable tasks. Remember, there are many steps along the journey to completing your goal. I recommend you distinguish between your destination goals and the journey goals that will get you there. If scoring a touchdown is your destination, your journey goal might be catching a pass earlier in the game that kept the game moving forward.
5. Reflect quietly on everything you’ve written, and sum it all up into one overall theme for the New Year for yourself. Start by saying: 2016 is the Year of ________________.
Here are some examples that my clients have come up with:
The Year of Living Dangerously (sure, you can borrow from movies and TV!)
The Year of Having Full, Loving Relationships
The Year of Giving Up Struggling
The Year of Adventure
The Year of Passive Income
The Year of Getting More Clients Now…and Forever
Play with this process and make it your own.
6. Throughout 2016, review your goals, projects, and commitments each week to align them with what appears on your calendar. Plan to repeat steps 3-5 at the end of each quarter to reassess where you are and what needs to happen next. This will help you stay focused year-round!
Above all, have a safe, fun and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
If you’d like to set, revisit or stay on track with your goals for this coming year, it’s not too late.
Alan Dobzinski is a masterful business accelerator through his unique business techniques and experience. Alan is considered America’s Accountability Expert that can help accelerate you and your business in 2016. Contact him today to get started.
Alan Dobzinski is a Master Certified Coach (there are only 624 in the entire world!), America’s Accountability Expert™, Certified Corporate Meeting Facilitator and Executive Business Strategist specializing in working with Family Owned Businesses and Professional Services Firms with a full-time private practice in Baltimore, MD and Delray Beach, FL.
Alan Dobzinski has helped hundreds of clients over his 25 years of experience. Alan works with executives, managers, and business owners who want to increase sales, productivity, and profitability worldwide by creating a culture of Motivational Accountability™.
Mr. Dobzinski writes and speaks regularly on how to increase your business profitability through Motivational Accountability™ and how to S.P.E.E.D. your way to a Better Bottom Line. He is the author of The Buck Starts Here. To get Alan’s free e-mail series: “7 Strategies In 7 Minutes” from Alan’s Motivational Accountability System visit http://www.