John Carroll

Countdown to Success – 12 To-Do’s to Take You and Your Business into the New Year

12 To-Do’s to Take You and Your Business into the New Year
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With the holiday season underway, and the New Year just around the corner, many business owners are scrambling to put the pieces of the puzzle together to help ensure their business gets off to a great start in 2018. Does this sound like you?

Well, Here’s a News Flash for You… You are Not Alone!

No one wants to have a failed launch or be behind before the New Year even gets going, so I wanted to share some things you can do, starting today, to get your business on the fast track to greater, sustainable future success. I have reduced my rather lengthy list of suggestions to a short list of the most important actions to take to finish off this year with a bang and make next year your best yet.

12 To-Do’s to Successfully Close Out 2017 – and Jumpstart 2018!

Since this is the season of giving, here’s my gift to help you and your business set the table for sustained growth and future success.

1. Have a Plan.

A written plan that is. Had to add this caveat because far too many of us miss this important detail. A written plan is a performance contract.

2. Live Your Goals.

Having a written plan and goals is a wonderful start, but if you don’t commit to them, and live them daily, you’ll never achieve them.

3. Manage Your Time.

How are you using this precious resource? Time-block to ensure your daily To-Do’s get done. This will help you accomplish more in less time.

4. Focus on Today.

Today is all we have. Focusing on yesterday or a future date is a waste of time. Devote 100% of your energy to making today your best day so far.

5. Expand Your Network.

Network and be visible. Whether you enjoy networking or not, it is an absolute necessity to grow your business. So, get out there!

6. Improve Your Health.

In all “Five F” areas – Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness and Fun. Have specific milestones you want to reach as a part of your personal goals.

7. Invest in Others.

The people in your life are your greatest blessing. Make time for them, nurture the relationships, and take them with you on your journey.

8. Enhance Your Skills.

It is hard to grow others if you are not growing yourself. Commit to continuous learning. Read, write, speak, attend classes and workshops, etc.

9. Find a Mentor.

We all need a Coach or Mentor who offers wise counsel to enable us to achieve our goals, expand our horizons and stay on track.

10. Take a Vacation.

When was the last time you unplugged from the daily grind? We all need “me time” and family time to refocus, reenergize, and get away from it all.

11. Do Good Deeds.

Give of your time, talents and treasures in service to others. Volunteer and be charitable. Make some good things happen and create a ripple.

12. Enjoy Your Life!

If you are not enjoying what you’re doing, what is the point? Life is far too short. Find something to be grateful for, each and every day!

Making the To-Do List is Step 1 – Committing Will Get it Done!

My 12 To-Do’s may not cover the waterfront, but they’re a good start. The rest is up to you. Make your list, check it twice, and commit to it, so you don’t end up on anyone’s naughty list this time next year.

Did the 12 To-Do’s open your eyes? Which one is tops for you right now? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

John Carroll

John Carroll is a Business and Leadership Strategist, Best-Selling Author, Blogger & Speaker. Top 100 Leadership Expert to Follow. Who's writing your story today?

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