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Moving Forward Into 2014 With Momentum And Energy

Momentum 2014

This time of year can prove very stressful as we try to manage end of year deadlines and plans for the new year, all while trying to balance our personal commitments and priorities. Here are a few tips to help you stay focused and help you move into the New Year with momentum.

Bring Personal Matters to the Forefront

In order to maximize your effectiveness as a leader who produces successful business results, you must be happy and satisfied with your personal life.

Look back on 2013 and think about your social and family life, your health, your finances and any other area of a personal nature. Remind yourself of things you’re proud of. Take note of areas of stress and concern. Think about what can be improved going forward.

Pick one area of focus to target as your top priority going into 2014. Perhaps you’ve noticed you are losing touch with your extended family but you haven’t the time or resources to make separate visits to relatives who’re scattered around the country or perhaps the globe.  A biennial family reunion would address that issue. Setting a SMART goal is your first step to making this a reality.  For example, “We will have a family reunion by August 30th.”

Break this goal down and establish what needs to be achieved each month to ensure progress is being made.  Just as important, to generate momentum going into 2014, identify what needs to be accomplished before the end of this year. How about calling family members and running the idea by them? You can take it even further and get one relative to commit to either help you or to take the lead completely.

Acknowledge and Remember Your Business Successes

As we reach the end of the year, it’s easy to become stressed thinking of all the things you weren’t able to accomplish. Don’t allow yourself to become preoccupied with such thoughts. Instead, take time to remember what you did accomplish this past year.

Rather than stressing over lost revenue and missed sales goals, think about all the new contacts you made this year. What opportunities are now present as a result of these new relationships?

Undoubtedly, you’ve had many triumphs throughout the year. Focus on those, and on the impact they will have going forward.

Start Fresh

Don’t automatically roll over all unaccomplished goals into the New Year. Suppose at the start of 2013, you set a goal to move your team into a new office space to accommodate anticipated growth. To decide if this goal should remain active going into 2014, you need to:

  • Assess your assumptions:  Before anything, you should reevaluate whether the growth projections are still accurate and whether they warrant making an office move at this time. Also, think about the desired outcome (i.e. what you hope to achieve) by moving into a new space. Is it increased productivity and efficiency and improved team cohesiveness? Take a step back and ask if these needs have already been achieved.
  • Assess alternative solutions to achieving your goal’s desired outcome:  Let’s assume the projections are still valid and that the desired outcome has not yet been achieved. Consider the consequences (both negative and positive) of making a move at this time.  Ask if there are other ways to increase productivity and efficiency, and improve team cohesion during a time of growth. Also, consider if the goal and the desired outcome are still aligned with your vision. Then, decide how best to move forward.

Identify Obstacles

You now have two priority goals to focus on going into 2014, one personal and one professional. For each goal, identify three potential obstacles. Plan how you will address these hurdles before they arise.

Eliminate Distractions

You and only you can define and decide what constitutes a distraction for you. When in doubt, simply ask yourself, “How does this help or hinder me in pursuit of my goals?”

We’re happy to talk with you about your plans, goals and focus for 2014. Contact us to schedule a free coaching session. Let’s generate momentum to propel you through the year.

Organizational Alignment: What’s Your 3 Year Vision?

Organizational Alignment

We are all headed somewhere. Where are you and your company headed? Start by asking yourself: Given our current path, what will our company be doing and what will it look like in 3-5 years? Next ask: Where do I want my company to be in 3-5 years? Is the second answer the same as the first? If not, what needs to change? What are you going to do to transition your company to the next level of success?

As a leader, you have the power to create and shape the vision for your company. You have the power to align people and processes with the company’s goals. First, you and your team must establish the vision and direction for your company.

Visualize where you want your company to be in 3-5 years:

  • What does your company look like?
  • What is your company doing?
  • What are you known for?
  • What are people saying about your company, externally and internally?
  • Why do clients and customers keep coming back?

Perhaps, you already have a clear vision of where you want your company to be in 3 years. If so, great, but don’t stop there. What do you and your company need to achieve in 2014 to ensure you are on the right path and getting closer to your vision?

  • What are the immediate areas of focus?
  • What goals can be developed in these areas?
  • What potential obstacles may arise, and how might you address them?
  • What role will you play?

Again, it’s crucial to ask yourself: Is our company’s current path going to land us where we want to be? If so, great, that’s’ fantastic!

If not, establish some clarity around this bigger vision. What’s it going to take to get there? What needs to change? What actions are you going to take? What you do now will determine where you will be in the future.

Do you have a big vision for your company? We want to hear about it! We’re offering 2 FREE coaching sessions. Fill out the form below and let’s talk about transitioning your company to the next level of success.