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plan-ahead-haynes-global-services-angela-olivitoBelieve it or not, 2017 will be here before you know it, and as Inc. contributor, Lewis Howes explains, you’re better off not wait until New Year’s Eve to make your resolutions to improve your business or your life. Times have changed, things that you probably never imagined have happened. The past is the past, and there’s nothing you can do about that now, except to learn from it.

Your life, your business, your employees and your family, are counting on you to forge forward, no matter what the circumstances, no matter what has happened. It may be time to “pivot” and change direction, or it may just be time to really get more laser focused on your tasks. Don’t wait until 2017 to plant those seeds, to “get going” or follow through on a commitment or resolution. You need to start now, even if it is only a few tiny steps. Begin now, so that you can be prepared for what 2017 may have in store for you.

Unfortunately, I have witnessed many business owners, friends, family and colleagues that think praying will fix it all, hoping and wishing will do the trick. Thinking that if they “wait it out” things will get better, or the downturn of their industry or situation will turn around soon. And, even worse, is not caring at all, moving along as if nothing will ever happen, that we have all the time in the world. Pretty scary.

Heck, I’m all for being optimistic and faithful, but being proactive and taking action is-by-far, the best solution.

An article written a while back in Entrepreneur Magazine still resonates with me to this day. “Planning Ahead: 5 Steps to Dominating in Business” is a great reminder, offering suggestions that will help put you ahead of the game.

  1. Set action-oriented goals early, not on New Year’s Eve. Choose your resolutions early and don’t make them a behavior you want to stop or change. Make resolutions involving new actions you will take to get you closer to your objectives. Stopping behaviors just puts you at a standstill – setting actionable goals will move you forward.
  2. Understand the plan to disrupt your industry. If you’re going to change your industry for the better, you’re going to have to have a plan. Identify ways to stand out from your competitors. Reflect on the lessons you’ve learned in 2016, and decide how you can use them to disrupt the competition moving forward.
  3. Leverage partnerships. In the rest of this year, work on solidifying three new partnerships that will help you dominate 2017. There are hundreds of businesses in every town or city with which you could develop a mutually beneficial business relationship. Identify the best options, and get to work!
  4. Create immense value for others. Pay it forward in the next few months to reap the benefits in the coming year. Show your customers how much you value them and they won’t forget it. This concept also applies in a more personal sense. “If there is something that you truly want next year – such as more money, more support or an amazing mentor – go out and get it away,” the article suggests.
  5. Leave your doubts behind. In the coming months, reflect upon and eradicate any doubts you’ve been holding on to. This means you’ll have to be honest with yourself and face your fears, but the results are worth it. For 2017 to be your most successful year yet, you’re going to have to be more confident than ever.

So…plan ahead, plan the work and work the plan. And let’s all dominate 2017 together!

See you at the top!


Referenced from a past article (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229642)