How was business this year? Did you reach your business goals?
Was it the best business year you ever had?
Was it the worst business year you ever had?
Perhaps somewhere in between?
Yes, it’s important to look back on and reference the business year to gain perspective. But it’s gone. It’s history!
That was then. This is NOW.
What happens in the next twelve months is up to you, the CEO, president or business owner.
Have you looked around to see what other business people are doing?
- Why are other business people more successful than me?
Could it be they’re smarter? Have a higher IQ? Could it be just pure luck? Although there is always someone who is smarter and luckier than you, chances are the majority of CEOs, presidents and business owners who are successful are just like you in many ways.
Here are 3 steps to profit, success and reaching your business goals. These 3 steps could be the difference between business success and business stress:
1) YOU: Yes, YOU make the difference between your own business success, stress, worries and failure. Sounds like an obvious answer but often as business people we tend to look at everything but ourselves for the answers to business success. Remember, the answers to business success lie within you. Not within others. Your company’s success starts with YOU. It’s your own skills, knowledge, attitude, experience and talents that make the difference and get you to where you want to be in business.
What successful business people do is consistently be on top of their business. No matter what it takes. No excuses. They look at how they can help customers become MORE successful. Determine how they can help each employee enjoy their work, be motivated and more productive. Plus successful CEOs, presidents and business owners are constantly working on improving leadership and management to continue the success. Business success starts with YOU. It’s about how you think about your business every day. That’s what will help your company become MORE profitable, MORE successful and reach MORE business goals.
2) Will. Drive. Determination: How can you have business goals or even a business plan if you don’t know what YOU want?
What do I REALLY want from my business?
Not what others want for you. What YOU really want for yourself and the business.
Then ask yourself a second question:
Am I willing to do what it takes, legally and ethically, to reach my business goals and dreams?
If your answer is yes, then you will need to use all of your will, drive and determination to reach your business goals. Is it possible? Absolutely!
3) Have a business plan. Be in action!: Putting the key in the door every day and showing up for work is not a business plan. If you want to be successful in the next twelve months, ask yourself:
Am I really committed to achieving my business goals?
Not just a plan that says: I want to make money. But a specific business plan as to how you are going to lead, manage, sell it, deliver it and meet the needs of your customers and employees.
You need a strategic business plan PLUS well thought out business goals. Not just for the business but for sales, marketing and every other department in your company. If there aren’t goals … if your business isn’t adjusting to the current marketplace conditions … if every year your employees aren’t getting better at what they do … then the competition who does have the will, drive and determination to succeed, will be the happy recipient of the business you are losing.
Don’t let this happen to you and your company. You’ve worked too hard and put in too many hours to stop now from being the best you can be. Business planning + being in action with those plans will go a long way towards making it the best year ever.
Here’s to a happy, prosperous, MORE successful business year!
To your success!
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