I hope that you are doing what you want rather than what others want this holiday season whether it is taking a much-needed and well deserved two-week vacation starting Saturday and ending the first Monday in January or working through the holiday season and keeping things on a normal schedule. You may want to take some time during your vacation or some down time in your work schedule to assess whether things are better or worse in your life, career and business than they were a year ago. Even if things are going extremely well and you have had a brilliant year with success and opportunities beyond your wildest dreams, you want to take small steps to ensure that you have the same kind of year next year. If things are worse than ever and you have had a terrible year with little success and challenges beyond your worst nightmares, you want to take small steps to ensure that this year was an anomaly and that you have a much better year next year.
Take some time to reflect on where you are in your life, career and business. You may want to answer some or all of these questions. Do you like the life that you are living or would you like to make some changes in the new year? Do the people in your life be they family or friends support, sustain and strengthen you or do they drag, drain and deplete you? Do you like the work that you are doing, the people who you work with and the organization that you work for? Are there still opportunities for growth in your current role or is it time to look for something that allow you to grow, stretch and get out of your own way and out of your comfort zone? Is your business where you want it to be? Do you like the clients/customers that you are now doing business with or is it time to let some clients/customers go and add some new clients/customers? Do you need to spend more time, money and energy on your relationships with your clients/customers? Is it time to grow your business in new directions by adding new products/services or is it time to eliminate products/services that are outdated and unprofitable and have more time to focus on the more profitable and successful products/services?
Based on your responses to these questions, you may want to put together a list of three goals for your life, three goals for your career and three goals for your business that will put you in a better place in these areas by this time next year. Set small, simple, selective goals with realistic deadlines so that you have an excellent chance of achieving them.