Ten Ways To Ensure Your Business Success in 2003
Copyright (c) 2003 by Angela Booth
It's a bright and shining new year, and you've got a clean slate. What will you do with this opportunity?
Here are some ways to ensure your business success this year:
1. Keep your business moving forward
If you haven't set your goals for 2003, decide what you want NOW. Take out a notebook, put today's date on top of page and write out your business goals.
While you're at it, you may as well create some goals for self- improvement and family and relationships. To make most of your business in 2003, you'll not only need to be healthy, but you'll also need support of others.
Leave some space on right side of page for a "Due Date" column. This is date by which you want to have achieved each goal.
The next step is to create an action plan for each goal. Don't spend too much time on this, but make sure that you've broken down each goal into small, manageable steps, and have translated those steps into daily tasks.
Write or type: REVIEW GOALS into each day of your daily planner, and then do it. Look at it this way: you'll never achieve what you want to achieve unless you try. So try, and give it 100 per cent of your energy.
2. Expect to be successful, and repudiate your doubts on paper
Do you expect your business to be a success? Are you positive that your business will be successful? Are you so determined that you'll be a success that you'll do whatever it takes?
I hope you answered a loud and heartfelt "Yes!" to all three questions.
If you have doubts, write doubts down. Most of your doubts will be trivialities and hypotheticals. You'll see how ludicrous they are once they're in black and white and you'll be able to laugh at your fears.
If a doubt has real substance, by writing doubt down, you'll be able to make a plan so that you can work around challenge. Once you've made a plan, you'll get a huge surge of confidence and relief.
Remember, writing your doubts and repudiating them on paper is vital to your success.
3. Don't sweat small stuff (it's all small stuff)
Keep your eyes on prize: that is, achievement of your goals. The bumps and bruises of life will only steal your enthusiasm if you allow them to. Things will go wrong. Expect this. Handle each challenge, and get on with working towards your goals.
4. Close your office door
Block out at least two hours each day in which you can work without interruption. Close your office door, and let answering machine or voice mail take your messages.
5. Do what makes you uncomfortable