Before getting wrapped up in business, and starting the new year with a bang, it's important to look back at the past year (the good AND the bad) because it really sets the baseline of what you can achieve this next year - especially if you take the lessons to heart.
First of all, acknowledge and appreciate what happened during 2011.
Take time to sit down and write out the following questions:
- What did I accomplish?
- What were my achievements?
- What are the things that I feel GOOD about?
Listing your achievements is a great way to remind yourself that, ultimately, YOU are in charge of your destiny! Look at your achievements in business, in your life, in your family. Every aspect of your life affects the others, so don't just look at your business.
Next, write out these questions:
- What were my biggest disappointments and failures?
- What do I feel bad about?
- What did I learn?
- What could I have done differently?
You can't really grow your business the way that you want unless you become aware of the disappointments and failures from your past, and take the lessons to heart. Just changing a few behaviors that have caused disappointments in the past, or solidifying certain behaviors, can really improve the chances of success for next year!
So, think about how these lessons might be applied to your life and your business in 2012. Harness your experiences and use them to prioritize what's most important to you in the future.