With the New Year quickly approaching, here’s a new perspective you can try with your resolutions.
One and Done
Instead of a sprinkling of random ideals, why not focus on one main goal for the whole year? Whether it’s a business aim or a personal one, don’t try to tackle every weakness at once. As long as a year seems, it’s probably not enough time to get everything in your life exactly where you want it. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all. Which goal should you pick this year? The one that most immediately needs to be addressed. Whether it’s a personal health goal or your company’s pricing structure, whatever is hurting your progress the most should be first on your list.
Specify and Quantify
A lot of resolutions are set up for failure simply by the way they are worded. If your goals last year sounded like this, there’s a good chance you didn’t feel like you achieved them:
- Lose weight
- Meet new people
- Be more positive
- Spend more time with family
- Take more chances
- Make more money
Consider the wording. Lose weight–but how much? Meet new people–okay, does one count? You can see how the more vague these goals are the less inspiring they are. If your goal is to lose weight, you should pick an ideal weight and then stick to that goal all year. Make sure your goal has a clear aim and specific outcome, so you can for once savor the feeling of meeting a New Year’s resolution.
The old adage comes to mind: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” There are twelve months in a year, and that’s the perfect pace to keep you on track with your one goal for the year. If you want to revamp your pricing structure, as mentioned before, break that goal down in to twelve steps and then attach them chronologically throughout the year. Put it in your calendar, so you’ll be reminded of where you should be month to month. For example:
January – Review current pricing and organize products
February – Determine actual cost of sale for each product
March – Determine ideal profit margin
April – Create new pricing for each product
May – Design new package options
June – Implement trial credit system
July – Design new price list
August – Test new pricing on family and trusted clients
September – Print limited number of new pricing lists
October – Survey clients after each order on pricing, price list and credit system
November – Review survey results and continue to survey
December – Assess new sales numbers, tweak pricing and hopefully reach the target profits.
This is just an example, and this progress could certainly be made in less than a year. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed as it is, this approach to resolutions can make attaining that dream goal so much more realistic. You might not net your dream annual income in only one year, but with twelve easy-to-digest steps you will have set yourself well on your way.
Hopefully this approach will help you reach your goal. Go on and share! Whats your number one resolution for 2013?