As we head into 2018 … Review. Renew. Rinse and Repeat?

True confessions: I’m a planner. I’m goal oriented and I’m a big picture thinker. That’s why I like the last week in the year—tucked in between Christmas and the New Year—I think that’s the perfect time to review accomplishments, renew strategies and goals, and decide what I can rinse and repeat.  This helps me know what to say yes to and what to say no to as the opportunities present themselves next year – I do a quick check:

Does this align with my goals and- does it get me closer to operating in my zone of genius?

As any good goal oriented planner knows, there are a number of different tools you can use to measure and evaluate your goals, your accomplishments and areas for improvement.

3 tools to consider for measuring and evaluating your goals:

Suggestion #1: I find that using a Wheel of Life is very helpful because it is visual and easy to complete and compare with the charts you’ve done previously.

This one is from Tony Robbins:

from Tony Robbins

The directions are simple:

1.   Imagine that the lines are a scale from 1 to 10

2.   Put a dot on where you are today on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of the areas.

3.   Next connect the dots so you can have a picture that shows where you fall in the different areas.

4.   Any surprises?

5.   Consider celebrating those areas where you score 8 and above and working on those areas where you score 4 and below.

You can replace the areas above with ones that are relevant to your business; consider how satisfied you are OR how successful you are in the following areas:

·      Client acquisition

·      Client retention

·      Networking

·      Employee relationships

·      Internal operations and controls

·      Marketing and PR

·      Social media

·      Strategic thinking

Suggestion #2: Years ago I found a great list of questions (I don’t know who to attribute it to) that’s very helpful as I review and set goals. Use the list below as your guide and embellish/adapt it to your needs as I have over the years.

The important thing is to carve out and block out time to do this free of distractions – and put it on your calendar as a recurring appointment. And it is really, really important to be honest and open as you answer the questions. No judgment allowed. It’s all about learning and moving forward.

Oh and being the visual person that I am, I like to use a mind map to do this. And, I’m sorry it’s sideways, I’m sure you’ll get the idea (but techie is not in my repertoire)!

Looking back and taking stock (the review part)

1.   What are your proudest moments? Why?

2.   What were your biggest challenges? Lessons learned? (Each challenge must have a lesson learned)

3.   Who became your role models? Who is still on the list from before?

4.   What groups did you join? Why? What do you bring to the group?

Looking forward and planning (the renew part)

1.   Do you need to adjust your strategic plan?

2.   What are your new business/industry/peer group targets?

3.   What are your quarterly goals? (income/client/sponsor/outreach)

Building on success (the rinse and repeat part)

What worked best? How can you tweak/improve it?

·      Financial

·      Outreach

·      Marketing (direct marketing | indirect marketing efforts)

·      Claiming expert status

·      Awards and recognition

Suggestion #3: Join a mastermind group or work with a coach[shameless plug(s): you can join our mastermind and I am available as an Executive Coach].  Let’s face it, even the most goal oriented among us need to be held accountable – I have gotten tremendous value from the ones I participated in this past year. As you take stock of the last twelve months and look at the goals you have for next year ask yourself if you can do it alone… or would it be better to have some help along the way?  What is the old saying? Two heads are better than one – and when you’re ready to ’10x’ … a lot of heads are better than one 😉

I am always happy to help you deciding which way to go about anything related to growing your woman owned business, set up a complimentary 15 minute chat here. I have lots of resources and tools you can use. For starters, the posts below are ‘oldies but goodies’ … I share them with you in the hopes that you’ll find them useful and relevant at this time of year:

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G. Nancy Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant and expert on women’s business issues. Nancy has over 30 years of experience helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As President and CEO of WBDC Florida/Her Company Incorporated, Nancy manages and leads an incredible team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business. Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards: -Nancy was recently honored by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans. She is especially proud of this award because it highlights her heritage as well as her professional accomplishments. -Nancy is the recipient of the World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress -Nancy is also the proud recipient of the Association Marketing Award from Women in ECommerce. -Most recently Nancy was named Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast. Nancy’s personal motto is Connections, Creativity and Courage in all endeavors. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, 1982). She was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. Nancy is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.

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