How to Use New Year’s Resolutions to Enhance your Business

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The clock is ticking and the ball is about to drop, but don’t drop the ball when it comes to your business! This is the perfect time to reevaluate your business and think about how to help your business improve in 2016. The first few weeks are critical when it comes to implementing new systems to improve communication, increase accountability and set new goals to help you and your business rise above the ashes and come back stronger than ever!

While you might be setting new fitness goals (who doesn’t want to shed a couple pounds or get a little healthier?) on your personal time, don’t forget to set goals at work either. But studies have found that a majority of goals are not reached or simply failed within the first month of the new year. Why? We have a habit of setting unattainable goals for ourselves and we lose motivation. The enthusiasm fails and we crash and burn like a dying firecracker. Don’t fall into the trap of setting too many lofty goals at once.  Instead, set a few short term goals that can be reached easily in the first few weeks. Then, reward yourself and your office for reaching that goal! Continue setting goals that are increasingly long term and rewarding success. Maintaining that momentum will make goals seem less arduous and more attainable.

Nip things in the bud. Resolve problems that you encountered in the last year and figure out a strategy to avoid those mistakes again. When you take time to review the previous year (as much as you may want to run full tilt into 2016), you give yourself an opportunity to analyze what you did that worked, what failed, and what has yet to be accomplished. Take a hard look at your budget, as well, and reevaluate where your priorities lie. If you wan to grow, sometimes you have to cut back here and there. But in the long run, you’ll benefit. Go into the new year with goals, not regrets!

The last thing you have to consider is your professional relationships with clients. Don’t let “old acquaintances be forgot,” and fall by the wayside. Take time this new year to get back in touch with old clients and reestablish those relationships. Update them on your progress. Let them know what exciting new plans your company has for the new year. Make them feel remembered and wanted. At the same time, revamp your social networking and pare down to a few vital and manageable tools. If you use a dozen different resources but are wasting time and money to keep up, scale down to five or six outlets. And while you’re at it, update your website! Make it stand out and make your presence known!

Set the bar high this new year. If you set attainable goals, focus on improving, and stay connected and modern, you’re sure to have a year to remember.

From all of us at Fast Trak Inc, Happy New Year!