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3 Ways to Prepare For New Year Business Success

December 29, 2014

Business advice for women entrepreneurs and small businesses

The warm winter weekend graced me with the opportunity to enjoy an unusual summer experience sitting at my pool deck, basking in the warm weather which overlooks our pond. The stillness of the pond water, lack of wind, and quiet environment since most birds have gone south, gave me an unexpected serene experience. This welcomed silence arrived like a quiet gift after a month of holiday songs, bright colors and joyous gatherings. The silence provided me what I needed most to move forward into 2015….reflection.

Depending on the type of business you own and run, fast paced and slow sales periods come and go throughout the year. Most businesses have peaks and valleys in their overall activities. For most businesses, this unexpected quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s, while everyone in America is enjoying an extended holiday, can provide an excellent opportunity to reflect on both successes and failures before a new year begins.

I encourage you to take time this week to do the following to prepare yourself for a new business year:

* Reflect on your 5 best achievements of 2014. They could be growth related, new product development, new customer contracts, hitting a 1,000 likes on Twitter or finally beginning the book you’ve wanted to write. Before you step into 2015 plans, tally up what you’ve done best this year.

* Pull out your January 2014 goals. If you’re like most people, you wrote down some resolutions or big bucket items you wanted to experience. Did you? Most people don’t achieve all the goals on their January list so now is a good time to review what was important to you a year ago, keep some of the same goals or bucket items you didn’t achieve and add some new ones to the list.

* Set 3 big, bold major goals for 2015. I hope they are totally new goals – maybe ideas that have arisen in your spirit or mind just recently or in the last half of the year. Write them down. Take some time to analyze what it will take to accomplish them and then pull out a calendar and write down specific goals with dates now! Goals are always more attainable when they are written down and viewed periodically.

Reflection is synonymous with manifestation. The truth is we can’t manifest any dream – big or small – unless we take time to reflect on where we have been, where we are now and where we hope to be next. Here’s wishing you one of the most prosperous years ahead.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2014 11:35 am

    Hey Tracy, another great inspirational piece! I got all gnarled up in the holiday activities that you described so well. I am following up this week on vendors and sponsors for our ‘”Women of Focus, A Tradeshow of Elegance” event on March 5th. Can I call you today, tomorrow, or Wed.?

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  2. December 29, 2014 12:43 pm

    I am happy to hear that you had some time to take stock over this crazy holiday! Looking forward to more of your posts in 2015.

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  3. December 29, 2014 12:45 pm

    Thank you Kimberly and Jill for commenting on the post. I love the fact there is always “calm after the storm” even if it’s the holiday storm of good times! Wishing you both a wonderful 2015!


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