2015 – Your Most Successful Year
Are you ready to make this coming year successful?
Now maybe the time to start.
Why start now vs. later?
- The Early Riser: The Early bird gets more worms
There is a lot to get done typically for most people in business – planning, scheduling projects, delegating, hiring if necessary, optimizing strategies, practicing speaking topics, practicing closing, training staff, etc.
Now is the time to get going; not January.. maybe not even December.
There are other advantages.
- Good Pacing vs. Frenetic Last Minute Gasp
People who start preparing earlier tend to have what I call good pacing – they are not rushing at the last minute which keeps the brain ticking clearly – so you can create sensible work rather than frenetic last minute work. Who wants to buy from someone who is frenetically trying to put marketing stuff together?
- The Build for Breakthroughs
Breakthroughs can happen over the year – but it takes a while to generate the foundations e.g. the systems, the practices, the know-how, the lessons, the fine-tunings etc.
Bottom line – now is the time to start.
You may say “But Sunil, I have soooooo many things to do first”. I understand, but you must weigh the options of staying in short term planning (current stuff) vs. long term planning (breakthrough over time, less stress, more creativity with more income).
How to start?
- Start boldly with a set of objectives
Start with four objectives for the year: make these specific and measurable.
- Weigh these objectives against your mission or vision
Revise the objectives (or at least the majority of them) to align with your mission or vision statement.
- Plan one year : start with a rough set plan that is flexible
Break down these four objectives into milestones for the year. Prepare to change these as you go along. The advantage of having these up front is the same advantage a ship captain has to set way points or milestones in their journey – it enables them to change quickly from the set plan and to be able to look at the avoidable breakdowns.
- Break out year: Plan even longer term
Do the same exercise for a five year to ten year plan. Set four objectives and milestones for each year leading up the end year. This practice will help you break out of the short term thinking and break into thinking about how to create the following year.
The argument for doing this from Brain Science (Socio Cognitive Neuroscience)
- More than 33 percent of the brain is dedicated to vision processing – putting the vision and what the year may look like in terms of a plan gets the brain to start making more interesting connections.
- The brain only responds to actions: the activity of creating these milestones will plant the seeds for answering questions that we tend to ignore: e.g. how can we make this work? Who do we need to hire? How can we raise the funds? How much more do we need to sell? Is this worth doing? What is worth doing and what is not worth doing? The reason for paralysis is typically lack of ‘starting actions’.
- Part of your brain must be wondering “Why do we not have a plan or something concrete set up for next year?” Why allow this worry or concern to progress? Handle it so that you can devote your brain to the innovation required to make solutions occur for achieving objectives and resolving issues.
What to do next?
- Do the steps above
- Set up Highly Intelligent Systems and People to help you stay on track
If you are committed enough to get going on making next year a solid year for you, please contact me for a free consultation to help you get started: http://cahayamind.com/free-coaching-session/