Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Success Strategies - Plan for 2010

At this time of the year we are all busy going to holiday parties, buying gifts, decorating, and welcoming out of town visitors. There are meals to plan, activities to set up, and house cleaning to do. But wouldn't it be nice if we could be working on our New Years' Success Strategy while enjoying the holidays? Get a head start on your Success Plan for 2010 and be ahead of the pack! We'll talk about how to function at your best, how to clear out the clutter, update your Life Plan, ideas to start writing your Business Plan for 2010, and how to improve yourself next year.

Get active
You can't be the very best at what you do while carting around and extra twenty plus pounds. Add daily exercise to your life.  Make sure it's something you enjoy. Studies show that we will do what we enjoy and avoid what we don't like.  Make sure you exercise first thing in the morning. If you get exercise out of the way first thing, you are more likely to keep up with it.

Don't do what I did four years ago. I bought a $2000 treadmill thinking that if I had it I would use it. Guess what? It sat there unused all these years.  The truth is I hate the treadmill and love the outdoors. That's why I live in Arizona.  So I decided to combine walking my dog with engaging in exercise. Now I go for longer walks and kill two birds with one stone.

Clear out the clutter
We tend to accumulate stuff the entire year until it piles up on our desks and threatens to take over our office. Clear out the clutter and create space in your life for the great things that are coming your way. Go through the papers, documents, and to do lists and get rid of everything that is hanging around cluttering up your space and your mind.  Do a deep cleaning of your office and get ready for big success in 2010.

Update your Life Plan
A Life Plan is a document that lists your plans for your personal and professional dream life: Your partner/significant other, friends, family, health, self care, spirituality, travel, finances, hobbies, creativity, and home environment. The first week of New Years, my husband and I update our joint Life Plan to review what progress we made in the previous year and what we need to implement for the upcoming year.

Start writing your 2010 Business Plan
As things come to you, jot down ideas about where you want to take your business in 2010. What are your revenue goals? What strategies will you implement to stand out from the crowd? What wealthy niche markets will you target? What strategy will you implement to service clients? What expertise can you leverage to create passive revenue for your business? Start writing it all down as it comes to you and you'll have the beginnings of your new plan.

Improve yourself!
Create a list of the books you'll read in 2010. Where are your skills weak? What could you stand to work on? What would make you a well-rounded individual in 2010? Here's a list of recommended reading on my Web site if you'd like suggestions.

Be consistent - It takes 21 days to create a habit
Keep up your success strategies. Make a list of habits that keep you well and practice them on a consistent basis. For example, even if you only take a quick fifteen minute walk, that's better than skipping exercise altogether. You can have pizza, but pair it with a salad. You can have dessert, just not the whole pie.

There's no better time than the present to set yourself up for success in 2010. By focusing on a few success habits, you can put into practice skills and habits that will allow you to hit the ground running at a speed that help you create a profitable 2010.  Take care of yourself, clear out clutter to make space for better things, set intentions by updating your Life Plan, start thinking about your Business Plan, improve yourself, and be consistent.  I know you can do it!

Grow Your Business and Prosper!
Suzanne Muusers

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