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At this time of year I start to think about the new year and the promise that it holds.
Even if you are a natural planner and regularly put time aside to take stock of your business, there is still something cathartic about a good, get-down-and-dusty spring clean ... a point in time to truly "stop", get back in touch with the roots of your business, clear out stuff that is no longer serving you well and sow some new seeds.
It's easy to carry on the same old way of doing things and then wonder why we find it harder and harder to get motivated. We can also get stuck in the habit of just trying harder or putting in more hours doing the same things in an effort get more business.
Sometimes, yes, it takes courage to try something new. But before we can do something new, we first have to think it. And that's where taking stock comes in.
Here's my top 3 tips for getting started:
- Put a day aside to open up your thinking. Shift yourself physically for at least part of the day so if you work from home, pick an inspiring place to walk or have lunch, or swap locations with someone else.
- Revisit your vision for your business and ask yourself if you knew you would definitely succeed, what is the one major change would you make in the next 12 months?
- Then take a closer look at what's happening right now try out the "Enjoy your way to success" exercise. It's simple to do and will put a sense of anticipation, even excitement, into the mix!
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