Did you meet all your goals for 2018? I certainly didn't as that Audi Convertible is still not sitting on my driveway. It's funny how a new year always makes everyone ponder the past and the future. We beat ourselves up that we haven't achieved what we'd set ourselves the previous year and then proceed to set more unrealistic targets. Or do you not worry? Are you someone who is happy to let the months drift by, you don't set goals so you're not disappointed if you don't reach them. I'm definetly like that with dieting!
But can we get away with this approach if we're trying to run or start a business? I personally don't think so, I think you need goals so you can identify where you are in your stage of business development and make adjustments accordingly. Whatever works for you, whether it's high tech everything online type planning tools such as Asana, or scraps of paper and post-it notes stuck to your noticeboard; make a plan and try to tick off some of the tasks. Sometimes you'll win and sometimes you'll lose but that's the nature of self employment and running a business.
Every year I always make a promise to myself to learn a new skill. This year, it's watercolour painting. I've joined an art group and hope this will give me the impetus to produce some work, no matter how small. If you too are looking for a new business direction then signing yourself up to a course or two might give you the inspiration you need to get going. To this end, I'm giving every subscriber a free gift - 'Blogging to Market Your Business' is a mini course usually priced at £29, it's just over 20 minutes long and comes with a very useful free download. Whilst blogging might not be everyone's idea of a brilliant business, writing content for your blog and website is an absolute must no matter what your niche. Click here to subscribe and get access to the free course, it is of course a limited time offer so if you're not yet subscribed, click here and I'll make sure you get your copy.
May all your dreams come true this year.