Where Do You Want To Be By This Time Next Year?
Where do you want to be by this time next year? With the mission to grow entrepreneurs and businesses to benefit all mankind—a tall order—it’s a question we ask ourselves quite frequently. After all, with more than a decade and a half of experience working with A-players from around the globe, we know that extraordinary progress doesn’t happen on its own. To fulfill your purpose, you must always have a vision of where you want to be—and deliberately advance toward your goals.
With that in mind, as the new year rapidly approaches, it’s the perfect time to get clear about where you’re headed and how you’ll get there. With a plan already in place at the dawn of the New Year—and the incremental steps necessary to achieve it in mind—you’ll be well positioned to be reflecting on that accomplishment come December of 2021. So, without further ado, let’s talk about how to get the ball rolling before the ball drops:
First, start with a little reflection. What have you accomplished this past year? This includes the things you set out to do and those you didn’t. What do you wish you could have achieved? What did you realize you need more of in life and work? For some help with this step, check out our post on how to take stock of a complicated year.
Now it’s time to think about what you want going forward. Grab a pen and paper, open a Word document or note-taking app and get to writing. Don’t hold back! No dream or goal is too big or too small.
Review your list and for each item on it, ask yourself the question we opened this blog with: “Where do you want to be by this time next year?” Perhaps accomplishing that particular goal will take a few weeks, six months or many years to fulfill. Consider where would you like to be with it just about 365 days from now. Be realistic.
Next, it’s time to think about what it would take to get to that particular point by next year for each goal or dream on your list. Does your goal require resources such as a small business loan, a co-founder, an adviser, a therapist or a dating app? All of the above? Does it necessitate that you make progress at particular intervals, or take baby steps toward that finish line each day?
At this point, you can determine which of these goals or dreams you want to prioritize. Perhaps you can make all of them work by next December 31, but you’re more likely to be successful if you choose to focus on a few, dedicating time and energy to making strides in those areas.
Make your selections. Then, give those goals some breathing room, listing each on its own fresh page. Heck, you may even want to give them their own folder. Make sure to place them—along with what it will take to get there—somewhere prominent, so you can’t help but be reminded of what you’re heading toward, whether that means posting them in your office, on your desktop, in your planner or even on your fridge. Doing so will serve as motivation to get yourself moving, and maybe even as a little hint to the universe to help make it happen.
Then, take action today. It’s easy to put off those resolutions until the new year actually begins, but getting moving on those goals now makes you much more likely to follow through. Don’t believe us? Just ask any gym owner how many people put off their fitness goals until the first month of the year, and how quickly those intentions falls off. A bonus? If you’ve chosen to focus a fairly common goal, you’ll be that much farther ahead of your peers (or the competition) if you start today. We guarantee that, at this time next year, you’ll be grateful for the head start.
Need additional inspiration? It never hurts to take a page from the psychological playbook and promise yourself a reward for your progress. It sounds silly but even something small—like a snack, playing a favorite song or taking a brisk walk outside in the fresh air after completing your task for the day, week or month will feel like significant payoff for your brain. And you’ll feel that sense of satisfaction even more when you close in on what you want.
Another bonus? If your goal is to write a book, the Advantage|Forbes process means you could easily have the finished volume in hand, on bookshelves, and on the desks of prominent business leaders locally and globally well before the clock strikes midnight on January 1 of next year. So, what are you waiting for? Get a jump on the new year and reach out today.