Starting a new business or approaching a new stage in your business can be scary, but with the right steps in place, you can succeed. You just need a plan, a can-do attitude and grit to push through when things get a bit hard, as they always do in business. It is important that you plan things out so that you have steps to follow in order to keep yourself on track and making progress even when the year begins to feel a little overwhelming with time.
Here are the steps you can take in order to plan a truly successful 2019:
Step 1: Take stock of where you are now
While you may not be at the point you hoped you would be, as we close off 2018, it’s crucial that you look back on the year and write out your biggest accomplishments to date. If this will be your first year in business, think about the accomplishments you have made recently that have contributed to your abilities or drive to start the project you’re jumping into.
Writing down your biggest accomplishments serves two purposes: First, it helps to motivate you for another year of hard work by reminding you of how far you have come and how much you have achieved in the past 12 months. This is important because, without making this list, you likely won’t realize just how much things have improved and how much you and your business have grown.
Secondly, this list will help you create a starting point so that you can focus on where you’re at right now. You can’t create a plan without knowing where you need to start, so this list will serve as a base point so that you can draw a map to point B.
Step 2: Decide where you would like to be a year from today
Goal setting is so important. In business and life. As you’ve likely heard, “A dream without a plan is just a wish.” You have likely dreamt of success many times, but now you need to define it in the form of 1-3 goals that are realistic but still push you outside of your comfort zone and help you to move forward.
Depending on the project you’re jumping into, a realistic 12-month goal may be launching your VA Business, or leaving your 9-5 to go fulltime in your business. Whatever the case may be, figure out a goal that is both realistic and achievable within the next 12 months. This is where you’ll be at the end of 2019.
Step 3: Map out your milestones
Once you have set that big 12-month goal, the next step is to break that big goal up into smaller milestones so that you can track your progress throughout the year. These milestones will help you determine when you need to have certain things done so that time doesn’t pass you by.
For instance, if your goal is to leave your 9-5, one of the first milestones will probably be creating a financial plan so that you have a very clear picture of your financial situation.
Step 4: Get Moving
While it isn’t quite 2019 yet, you can start mapping out your plans now. There is no better time to start than the present. As we move into the New Year, make sure that you check your progress against your milestones and goals often to ensure you’re moving in the right direction.
And, when you hit setbacks, just remember why you started.
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