In January, I ran a meeting for about 40 professionals in finance, legal and consulting. My topic question, “What are the trends in your industry?” The knowledge and insights shared took up almost the entire meeting.
What are the trends in your industry that help your clients, potential clients, colleagues and associates make improvements or increase revenue? Sharing trends provides an opportunity to touch with your community, highlight your expertise and takes your relationships to a deeper level. Think about your range of current knowledge that will add value to your clients and community …even when it isn’t on the clock.
6. Accountability and support: Tell people who have your best interest at heart to help keep you accountable. I’ve told at least 60 people that 2013 is the year to complete my book. And yes, I appreciate your support!
7. Measure your progress: For instance, my book proposal is due the end of March. Completion is a measurable result. It either will be complete or it won’t. No gray area. Tip: If you miss a deadline, such as your goal to lose five pounds by the end of the month, don’t give up if you only loose three. You will be three pounds lighter and that much closer to our goal.
8. Opportunity is everywhere: This year, in particular, is abuzz with people talking about opportunity. The only failure is not taking advantage of the opportunities before you. Or in creating new opportunities.
10. Reward yourself: That’s right, celebrate all of your accomplishments, each resolution you keep and every goal you make. First, it will make you feel good and second, you will be inspired to keep up the good work.
Here’s to your best year in 2013!
January originated from Janus, the two-faced Roman god symbolizing a look back—ending of the old and looking forward to the beginning. Exits and entrances. Psychologists tell us we are wired to improve.
2. Write your professional business plan and your personal plan for the New Year: Sales teams, financial advisors, executives, rainmakers—anyone with a goal, understands that the value of writing goals is essential to execution. Personal goals are equally important to the whole person. The challenge is to read them not just write them and forget where you put them. Reading your goals frequently is a reminder of the fire and hope you felt when you first wrote them. Keep your goals, resolutions and plans visible at work, at home and wherever they will help to keep you focused—before next year rolls around. You’ve heard the expression, “Out of sight, out of mind,” right? It applies to our goals and resolutions—as well as people.
January originated from Janus, the two-faced Roman god symbolizing a look back—ending of the old and looking forward to the beginning. Exits and entrances. Psychologists tell us we are wired to improve. Experts tell us more resolutions are made and broken the beginning of each year. Even Dr. Oz weighed in, “resolutions can work.”
I’m in the camp that makes New Year’s resolutions. If for no other reason than to help focus on the coming year. Whatever your goals, over the next 10 days you can read 10 strategies right here to help you make your goals and resolutions realities!
Trends are a big topic for 2013. Improvement personally and professionally is a huge trend in my industry. Common themes that have come up in meetings and coaching programs to date include: Improve income, take better care of myself, i.e. diet, lose weight, get to the gym, more sleep, more personal time and spend more time with family. If any of these resonate with you, read on:
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
The first of ten techniques from our Executive Coaching programs to help our clients achieve goals, resolutions, business and personal plans:
1. Realistic: People get stopped for three main reasons: 1. They fail to put strategies in place to make desired improvements 2. Their list is so long they get overwhelmed after a few weeks into a New Year. 3. They allow distractions to derail their plans. Resolutions are hard to break once you get into the habit of keeping them.
Here is to your best year!