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Planning for Success in 2013

Now is the TIME to Prepare for your incredible year in 2013. Are You Ready?

It’s the end of the year and the perfect time to take a moment and reflect on all that you accomplished last year.  Evaluate what went well and what didn’t. This is the time of year to begin preparing for even greater success next year.  Perhaps this year was good or perhaps it wasn’t.  Now, is the time to gear up for more greatness in the New Year and make 2013 your best year (yet!).

If you have a business vision and strategic plan, pull them out and review them. Include your whole team.  If you don’t have a team, then review them with your coach, friend, colleague or an accountability partner.

As you review the vision and the strategic plan, write down what you have accomplished this year.  What went really well?  Make your list; you can even check it twice!!  Once you have created your accomplishment list, take a moment to celebrate all that you did well.  Then move on and review where you fell short.  What didn’t go quite right or well?  Where did you fail? What are your disappointments?  What did you start and not finish?

Taking time to evaluate the past year is a great way to learn from what went well, and what didn’t go well.  In that learning there are valuable lessons that you can glean.  List a couple of lessons for moving forward.  Did you get off track, side-tracked by something?  Did you not follow up with prospects?  Each lesson gives you ideas for guidance into the New Year.

As you review the vision and the strategic plan, take some time to reflect on whether it is still on target.  Is that vision still your vision or has it changed?  Make the necessary updates to that vision.  Many companies write short vision statements that barely communicate the overall vision.  Put great detail in yours so that you can feel it as you read it.  If your vision is to buy a new building for your company and increase your staffing by 50% then write a vision statement that includes that and describes that.  You can always have the short and concise vision statement on your business plan, but for your use, make it a detailed story, that really motivates you and inspires you each time you read it. Did you read it regularly this year?  If not, make that part of your practice in the upcoming year.

What is the vision for the upcoming year?  Where do you see your company at the end of the year?  What type of growth, new products, new clients, or customers?  What does it all look like?

Once you have your vision story written you can then focus on the strategies to accomplish your vision.  Your strategies should always be based on the overall vision.  When strategies are written that stray from the vision and purpose of the organization then you are going down roads that lead you in the wrong direction.  Your vision and values becomes your guide for making your business decisions.  Stop yourself, when you are making a decision and pull out that vision statement, your values statement and review the decision or opportunity with them all in mind.

Strategies should point to the vision and be written in a way that they are measurable.  A strategy to build the business is too vague.  What does build the business mean, and how do you know if you have accomplished it?  But a strategy to provide coaching services to 50 new clients is measurable.  Or a strategy to increase product sales by 25% is measurable. Or to develop a new product; bring in a new product line; increase staff by 10; increase days off by 10; and the list can go on. The must do is making the goals SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant or reasonable and time specific.

Limit the number of strategic goals that you are working on so that your strategic plan remains focused and effective.  A huge document becomes overwhelming and cumbersome and often just collects dust.  A strategic plan should be a living, breathing document that you are very familiar with and guides our day to day activities because it is your focus.

Creating a new plan for the year is a great first step towards creating the success that you want. Working the plan and making it happen is the real key to producing the results that you want.

Working your plan just means keeping it in front of you, developing the smaller goals that move you towards the big goals and really staying focused.  When something doesn’t work, it is not the time to abandon ship, but rather, the time to refocus, re-strategize and continue the work.

Take time before the New Year to: review and update your vision statement and story; review your accomplishments and failures for the year and glean the valuable lessons from them; review your strategic plan and update your goals for the upcoming year.  Gear up for a focused and planned New Year that will ring in the next level of success for you and your company.

Once you have your plan then the essential key is implementation.  This is where many fall short.  They have great ideas, great plans and then fail to implement. There are good ways to follow through.

Break down your goals each month and week. Establish a system of accountability. Most people start out the year with a great plan and great strategy and as the year moves on, they lose focus and the plan drifts. A good coach provides you with the ongoing support and accountability to produce results.

Keeping ourselves accountable can be accomplished in a few ways. Here are our 11 tips for creating a focused and fun approach to success:

  1. Take the goal and break into smaller steps
  2. Make a chart to chart progress, each step of the way
  3. Hang signs around the house, in the car, at work — saying: “Stay Focused”.
  4. Tell family and friends about the goal and intention
  5. Create your own mastermind group to help you stay on track and support your ups and downs
  6. Partner with a friend or colleague to be an “accountability buddy”, share your plan with them and talk once a week or month to let them know how you are doing
  7. Hire a coach to help you identify your goals and keep them on track all year towards extraordinary success.
  8. Create celebrations of success, reward yourself — gold stars, dinner out, a new something!
  9. Meditate each day on focused goal attainment
  10. Write your goals down and read them everyday
  11. Have fun with each success and acknowledge it!

Spend some time creating your focused plan for success and give us a call if you need some help! Accomplishing the dreams, goals and things we desire is important for each individual and business. We look forward to hearing about your success.

One of my favorite tools to use in creating a plan for success is available for you at: www.bestyearplan.com

 

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

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Recovering from Business Disaster

Well, its been a week and half since my business experienced a HUGE business disaster.  After having experienced many problems with my hosting company in July — all of my sites were offline for a week in July and my email didn’t work for two weeks.  Trying to resolve the whole mess while on vacation was a real drag.  My hosting company NEVER responded to a phone all or email or support ticket.  So, when they finally popped back up and I was home again I decided to move the entire operation — over 16 sites in total.  Well, I made mistakes.  I didn’t get my backups right away.

I did a backup and didn’t download it right to my computer as soon as it was ready.  I moved to the next site and started the backup.

Well, what happened in the long run was in setting up new hosting and trying to migrate everything from one host to another my original host deleted my entire account.  I have been absolutely sick.  I lost everything.  With older backups I was able to get my main sites back online.  I lost my entire list of 10,000 subscribers.  I am still working to recover that but so far haven’t been able to.

Lessons learned:

Back Up Regularly and store your own backups.

Even though my host said they had weekly backups, when it came down to it the back up they were able to provide to me was over one year old and they thought I should be thankful that they had a back up.

I am considering moving some sites to different hosting companies. I used to do this but last year moved everything onto one host.  If I had left things dispersed I would have not lost it all.

So what good is coming out of it all?

I have taken time to reflect on what my priorities are.  What do I want my business to look like?  With the destruction that occurred it was time to really take a look at things.

I redid my Best Year Yet plan.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at a BIG meeting here in New Jersey.  I spoke on goal setting and it made me look at my own vision and goals.  It all comes back down to the basics.  Vision, values, goals — all the things we talk about in strategic planning with Best Year Yet.

I looked at what went well and what my disappointments were and are.  And took all of that to develop my significant life lessons for the upcoming year.

I love the Best Year Yet planning system because it is so on target and gets right down to it.

There is always good that emerges from disaster.  Its not why the disaster happens but is an outcome, often unexpected.  But we have to turn things around.

So, I am moving forward with Compass Rose Consulting — a revised vision, a new plan and new initiatives and focuses.

I look forward to sharing them with you over the next few days and weeks.

If you want to join me for a Best Year Yet planning session yourself.  I invite you to take a look at the opportunity to just that in early September.

 

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

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Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.

The Most Effective Marketing Strategies — Revealed!

The accomplishment and the growth in the business world completely require that a business entrepreneur must be able to set out efficient visions and marketing strategies that are in accordance to the business plans and operational plans. Effectively plotting the direction and marketing ideas of any business company can create a milestone.

Marketing strategies are important elements in the business development. Any business entrepreneur– big or small should not undervalue the task of selling the business because it serves as a skeleton in providing a starting point in the business construction.

Business marketing strategies can become a well thrilled system plan. It provides a solid theoretical and practical approach in the business. To ensure the development of specific objectives and plans, you need to make a difference when doing and planning the marketing strategies of the business.

The following guidelines should be noted in the creation of any marketing strategy:

Let’s start with the fundamentals. Ask yourself, “Where do you want your business to go a year from now or few years more from now?” You must have a comprehensible portrait of what your business would become. The idea of marketing lies in the way you examine your business development. It tells about the future of any small business getting closer to the realities of making it into a superior and a stronger business company.

Study your business carefully. Marketing is all about boasting the performance of your business. How is its performance? Is it performing pretty well since it was created? Is it challenged? If so, what are the challenges your business has faced and what did you do to overcome these challenges? These questions can be of great help to the development of your marketing strategies. Once you study the history of your business performance, there is a great possibility that you can reach the “softer side” of the target market.

Be sensible about the analysis of where you are now and the kind of presentation your business is doing lately. Examine your business output. The marketing strategy you should use must have different varieties so that if the first option won’t work, you always have a second, third, or fourth option.

Now, visualize the future of your business. After productively laying out the history and present status of your business, you can now put together your objectives for the future. Your goals must really help your business become much improved than it used to be. If you already have your visions, then set the things that you should do to keep that vision living.

Finally, you should combine action to your ideas. Marketing is a demanding process. It is an activity that requires proper assessment of the things that happened, are happening and will happen. Always incorporate changes. After all, change is the only constant thing in the world. If you want your business to be constantly developing, modify for the better. Develop a business marketing strategy that would assure you of a jumpstart in your business history.

Donna Price is a speaker, trainer, author and business and marketing strategist. She founded her company, Compass Rose Consulting in 2003 after a 20+ year career in non-profit management and administration. Donna’s history is impressive. She goes beyond the world of work as an adventurer and brings bold living lessons to each of her presentations. Donna has a unique inspirational story – of cycling across the country and how you take wild ideas and make them happen. She is the author of several books including; Yes! Marketing Works, Launching Your Dreams and Employee Coaching. Donna Price works with business leaders, teams and individuals to get them moving, improve their bottom line results through effective strategy, leadership, marketing and communication.