So here we are at the beginning of a bright, shiny new year and with luck you are nicely fired up and ready to get cracking. Hmm. But then again, perhaps you’re not. Either way, let’s kick this around a bit and see if we can all get onto the same, positive, energetic page.
One of the downsides of taking a break is that coming back to the workplace can be a little confronting. And I’m not suggesting you don’t want to be at the helm of your business, it’s just that inboxes can be full, to-do lists long and project plans daunting.
I suggest you grant yourself an additional half-day break and go through this little exercise.
1. Set a clear intention
I reckon the first thing to do early in a new year is to choose a theme or intention for the time ahead. In my recent past, I recall themes including ‘The year it all comes together’, ‘Opening up new niches’, ‘Sowing a seed every day’ and the year before I exited my Flying Solo business, it was ‘Realising the value’.
As I mentioned in an earlier article, (this ideally would be a link to my previously submitted piece, ‘Simple strategies to coach yourself’) I use a screen lock on my laptop that requires a password before I can wake my monitor from sleep. The password I use is whatever theme or intention I have set myself...and that means I type it at least a dozen times a day.
Is that a good reminder? Er, yes. Try it!
Right here, right now, your mind may be blank when it comes to snappy, motivating phrases. Fear not, complete the other steps below and hopefully that will loosen up your creative juices.
2. Refresh your vision
Don’t tell me you don’t have a vision? It’s a must. As James Allen, grandfather of the motivational movement and author of the 1902 classic, As a Man Thinketh famously said:
“The world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.”
(And yes, it works for women too. Men were just a bit further behind the eight ball back then).
A vision is a mental projection of your future and the reason you really need one is it clarifies precisely where you want your business to take you. What’s more, the instant you express a vision, your goals are given some substance.
I’ve written a long chapter all about the how-to of visions in my latest book, but to paraphrase dramatically, I can tell you it’s a written or visual (or ideally both) interpretation of how you want life and business to look a year from now. And the more detail the better.
Ok, so if you already have one, give it a good old refresh. If you don’t let’s get started on one right away. Get in touch with me if you’d like some more tips on the topic.
3. Create your masterplan
When you’ve figured out where you’re going - even if you’re unsure of precisely how to get there - it’s time to review any existing to-dos and action lists to ensure you have your priorities right. Look closely for things that steal your time, but don’t sit with the vision. The start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to refresh and reset.
I promise you that once you set your intention and start to move in the direction of your real desires, any questions or concerns will start to attract answers and solutions.
I’d love to hear how your year goes and I hope it’s your best yet.
Robert Gerrish is the founder of Flying Solo and author of The 1 - Minute Commute published by Pan Macmillan and available in all good bookshops, online and as an audiobook. Read more of his work at www.robertgerrish.com