New Year’s Resolutions for Business Success

The end of the year is fast approaching. Hopefully you smashed your goals, and your team is getting ready to have a blast at the Holiday Party. Pat yourself on the back and enjoy this time of year. In a few weeks all the numbers will reset to zero, and your team will begin striving to exceed their new goals.

What has changed in the past year? Did your business expand? Did you hire new members of your team? What do you have planned for the new year? Do you feel trapped in the same routine? A merry-go-round of the same?

The next several weeks present a great opportunity to take stock of what has gone well this past year and what your goals should be to stay on track for your long-term vision.

What? You’re too busy? I get it, we’re all busy this time of year. You should be accountable to yourself and your employees to carve out some time to focus on your vision and goals. Goal setting should be realistic. If the goals you set lead to success rather than stress, you’re more likely to meet and exceed your goals. Be careful on setting goals that are an unrealistic pipe dream – just like trying to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger three days after your New Year’s resolution – you need to set realistic expectations, otherwise, you will abandon them in quick fashion.

Now that you’ve set some goals, have you worked them backward into quarterly, monthly, weekly, and even daily metrics? Don’t get overwhelmed trying to eat a whale at once, you can only achieve such a large task one bite at a time. Breaking big numbers down to more manageable tasks will also help reduce the stress of your staff.

Small victories in succession can lead to massive success in the long run.

Beyond financial or other metric based milestones, it’s also important to think about the 2-3 clear things you need to solve with each goal so you can begin to break down those goals into manageable steps and get them on your calendar.

With some extra effort during this busy time of year, prepare yourself and your team to come out of the gates with momentum in the New Year. Now, go back and get another glass of spiked eggnog and enjoy your Holiday Party, Cousin Eddie is making a scene…

Brad Kreutz is an Advisor for small business owners with Cultivate. Brad has a passion for translating business goals into strategy. Pulling from more than 17 years of experience as a 4x co-founder/owner, Brad brings an outside perspective to help business owners overcome their challenges, create a scalable platform, and grow their business.