I always like to ask myself a few questions when the end of a year is in sight, simply because it feels like a perfect time to reflect on what life has brought and what is yet to come. With the last question, I really mean, “What do you want to make happen in your business next year?” As you probably know from experience, a business is an organism that needs a nourishing and consistent diet, or it won’t be productive! How do you plan to feed your business next year?
Let’s take a look at some questions to give you a head start…
2016: Looking Back
- What do you perceive as your greatest business achievement this year? Is it something you expected at the time it happened?
- What do you perceive as your major business setback this year? Again, is it something you expected at the time it happened?
- What would you do differently in your business if you could live 2016 again? Do you feel you should have approached certain things in a different way?
- What do you regret not doing or missing out on in your business this year? Is there anything you wish you had made time for?
- What do you perceive is the most important thing you learnt in your business this year? What exactly made you learn that?
- Overall, how satisfied are you with the development of your business and professional career over the course of 2016?
2017: Planning Ahead
- What do you want to be your greatest business achievement next year? What will you do to start this and when will you begin?
- What can and will you do to avoid any possible business setbacks next year?
- What will you do differently or improve in your business next year, in concrete terms?
- What do you not want to miss in your business next year? What actions will you take to make sure you don’t miss it?
- What do you want to learn for your business next year? Are there any areas you want to know more about? How do you want to develop your professional identity?
If anything, I have learnt that planning things (read: dreams) concretely – simply pinning them down in your diary – makes all the difference. If I schedule something and I make sure that what I schedule is actionable, then I make something happen. And it doesn’t matter if you need to break your goal or desirable object of action into smaller chunks, so that you actually have a starting point – it’s all about doing something rather than nothing; it’s all about finding a way to start. Once you start, it’s so much easier to unroll the rest of your path. :-)
Happy Holidays! Take a well-deserved break or mini-break from your business…