Rule Number One: You can’t grow your business if you’re a hostage of 2015. Stop looking in the rear view mirror of life and concentrate on what’s happening NOW! Otherwise, you won’t be able to take advantage of opportunities coming your way in 2016. You can’t control the past. You can’t change the past. So the sooner you put 2015 behind you, the faster 2016 is the year to grow your business and prosper.
Rule Number Two: To own 2016 you need a plan. Not a good plan. A GREAT plan!
A GREAT plan starts with the answer to this question: What do you need to change that prevented your dreams of success of becoming a reality in 2015?
Old Chinese Proverb says: a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu came up with this nugget of wisdom when he figured out in 640 BC how the longest and most difficult ventures have a starting point.
Figure out your starting point and the rest will follow.
This is not a New Year’s Resolution. This is your 2016 Plan.
Rule Number Three: Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Oy … is there no end to all these sayings and proverbs? No. You know why? Because these sayings are catch phrases used by people to describe how they changed their ways to succeed. We remember them because they have a purpose. They remind us that we’re not alone. People were where you are today. They did something about it. If they changed their ways to succeed than you can too, by interpreting their sayings and make it work for your business.
So, let’s get back to Rule Number Three. Your game plan is about zeroing in on ONE or TWO problems you recognize as contributing to the road block to your success in 2015. It’s not about throwing the baby out with the bath water (sorry). Not everything is wrong with your business. One change at a time is manageable to grow your business and prosper in 2016.
Which brings us to Albert Einstein and Rule Number Four: The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Change is the catalyst to success. But it has to be the right kind of change. Knee jerk reaction doesn’t work. To figure out what that change needs to be, you need to give it a lot of thought.
And that brings us to the final and most important rule of all.
Rule Number Five: You can’t do it alone. Chances are, if you try, then maybe you haven’t recognized that the problem in 2015 was that you were trying to do everything yourself. Things weren’t just falling through the cracks, they got lost in a dark black hole never to be seen again.
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan says: There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win. If you want to win in 2016 then brainstorm with your staff to start asking the tough questions on what you need to do differently to make 2016 the year to grow your business and prosper.
Narrow down the to-do-list to TWO items. Create the game plan and empower your staff to make the changes over an agreed to time line. Be prepared to be flexible and adjust how to carry out these changes to make them work.
Most important, you need to stay on top of the execution of the game plan. Remember delegating is not about having someone else do the heavy lifting. It’s about overseeing the project, demanding follow up accountability, providing the help people need to succeed and being there to encourage them when the going gets rough to find creative ways around roadblocks to succeed in 2016.
You can make this New Year better than the old year and in the process coin your own phrase and saying to explain how you made 2016 the year to grow your business and prosper.
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