Are You Ready For The New Year – Plan For Success In 2020!
You could let this new year be like every other year, where you make your new year resolutions and forget about them before February comes around. Or you could put apply a different strategy and actually have a plan to accomplish what you want this year. What is important is to gain clarity on what you want and put together a plan to work your way toward it.
The plan may change further down the road, but you need to start with one nevertheless, because in the famous words of Ben Franklin, “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”.
Choose 2020 to be the year you take significant steps toward being the person and the business owner you dream of being. Don’t set a resolution without having any steps in place that help you achieve it.
Ready? Let’s get to it. Grab a pen and paper, and let’s get planning. Here are our steps:
Step 1 – Look back at 2019
Before you begin, it is important to take a step back and look at where you are. To get from Point A to Point B, you must first know where Point A is!
List all the things you have accomplished and manifested this year. Now, I understand this can be hard because so many of us are so hard-wired to downplay our accomplishments. Your first thought may be, I don’t really think I have accomplished much (or anything, if you’re particularly good at self-deprecation) this year. But trust me on this – you have accomplished a fair bit. Don’t discount small accomplishments either. It doesn’t have to be “got promoted twice at work”, or “landed my dream job”, or “had my first 6-figure year”. It could simply be, “I learned how to optimize my blog posts for search engines”, or “Had a good discovery call”.
List out all the amazing things you have done and read through it. The purpose is to feel great about yourselves and not start the new year telling yourselves off. With this positive mindset, you will have a better idea of what you wish to achieve in 2020 and how to do it.
Step 2 – Plot out the fixed expenses
Map out the year’s important events. Do any of these call for significant expenses? Think of birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. Plan your gifts in advance. Set aside funds for each, or plan to deposit a certain amount every week or every month. This way you are not scrambling to decide what to get them this year, or how to pay for it.
Step 3 – Define what success looks like
Define what a successful year looks like for you. Who are you now, and who do you want to be at the end of the year? What skills do you wish to learn? List all the things you want to accomplish this year, and then sort them into groups. You choose how to group them. For me, they are – personal goals and professional goals. Personal goals are further broken down into things I want to learn, and habits I want to establish. Professional goals would include building a presence for my business on Facebook, getting 3 more clients, etc. Notice that these are long term, by the end of the year kind of goals, which brings us to our next step.
Step 4 – Plan your steps to success
Break your goals down to smaller achievable milestones. Yearly goals are to be broken down into quarterly goals, which are further divided into monthly and weekly goals.
Here is an example:
My end of the year goal is to reach enough income on your business that lets you quit your day job. So perhaps your quarterly goals would be to:
- Have a polished portfolio or perfected product that you can pitch to clients
- Build a social media presence for your business
- Have 3 clients on retainer
Now as you further break these down to monthly and weekly goals, you have before you all the things you need to do to achieve your dreams. Your New Year resolutions are no longer some pipe dreams that are to be magically realized by you at some unknown point of time this year. You are a person who knows what they want, and you are a person with a plan.
May 2020 be the most magically transformative year you’ve had yet.
Happy New Year!