2008 has passed in a whirlwind and I recently realized that I've spent more than ½ of the year traveling on the road to work with clients and attend business conferences
However, whenever I end up as sick as I have been for the last 10 days, it's usually my body's way of telling me to slow down. So that's exactly what I've done for the last two weeks; spent time lying in bed regrouping.
What I mean by "regrouping" is that I've spent a lot of time thinking about how my business has gone this past year, and how I want it to move forward in 2009.
If you'd like to do the same for your career, here's how to get started:
- Review Your Goals.
Take a look at your goals for 2008 and see which ones were accomplished and which ones were not.
For those goals that were not accomplished, be honest with yourself about why they weren't accomplished. Was it something you did that prevented you from succeeding, or was it something that was beyond your control?
Figure out if those goals are still things you want to accomplish, or if you'd rather create new goals for yourself.
- Create A Success Strategy.
The easiest way to accomplish something is to create a plan of action, and then follow that plan.
Create a list of goals for 2009 and then figure out which 3 or 4 are most important to you, and which one you'll focus on first.
Sure you may tweak your list along the way, but not creating a plan for yourself is a definite recipe for failure.
- Ask For Help.
One coach I know employs the two-hour rule any time he tries something new. If he can't come up with an answer to whatever challenge he's facing within two hours, he figures out who might be able to help him and asks that person for help.
While many people are loath to ask others for help (myself included), most folks are willing to help if you ask them to.
- Take Action.
While success never comes with a guarantee, not doing anything will most certainly bring about failure. So, as the late, great Mary Kay Ash (founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics) once said, "Plan your work and work your plan."
- Do Your Best.
The greatest gift you can give yourself is the gift of doing your absolute best, regardless of the circumstances. This way, no matter what happens, you will know that there is nothing you would have done differently and you can move forward with no regrets.
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