Getting Ready For 2017… by looking back on 2016
Let’s just say that 2016 was not kind to me or my family. Our family lost our beloved Spenser (the family dog who was thirteen-years-old), we lost my mother, I’ve been dealing with a few health issues and pre-diabetes and my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her diagnosis brought up a whole host of feelings and fears for me that I have been struggling to deal with.
In my business, though, things have been rather incredible. I started working with a woman who keeps my books and has helped me set up my business and its financial dealings in a way that makes sense. Thanks, Kelsa from Fiscal Fitness! My business, All Words Matter, is now an incorporation — very cool!
My clients are pleased with the work I do for them and I am thrilled with the clients with whom I interact. I love to write, they love me to write for them — it’s a win-win.
Working from home is still treating me well, although there are times when I wish I had more human interaction, but that is a goal for 2017.
Okay, onto getting ready for 2017… by looking back at 2016
- Look at the goals you set at the beginning of 2016. Did you meet or exceed them? If not, why not? Perhaps they didn’t fit in with your business mission? Were too aggressive? You didn’t have the resources you needed? You ran out of time to complete them? Make note of why you didn’t meet them.
- Look at the goals you met. Did they yield the results you’d hoped? Did they exceed your goals?
- Is the income you made from your business what you’d planned? Did you have a business plan in place that helped you know what you wanted to earn and how you would get there?
- If you’re a blogger, did you blog as frequently as you’d planned? If not, why not.
- If you were jumping into entrepreneurship in 2016, did you ace the landing? Are you enjoying being your own boss?
- Were there unexpected things that cropped up in your business for which you couldn’t plan? How did you cope? Did you rebound?
Look at your successes and at those experiments that didn’t pan out (I don’t think of them as failures, because you tried where others would have run the other way). Measure your success. Don’t measure yourself against someone else. You need to know where you want to be and how you will get there and gauge your successes against yourself.
What big, audacious goal do you want to complete in 2017? What’s holding you back? What measures do you have in place to make it happen? I’d love to hear your plans and what may be a stumbling block for you.