As we draw near to the end of another year I am sure that like me, you are thinking of what you did or didn’t do this year that you had planned to! And also thinking about 2014 and what things you might do differently or ways to improve various areas of your business and personal life.
Perhaps you have a few New Years resolutions that you plan on actually keeping this time round! 🙂
Setting out a clear plan for your business is a great way to start a year. Looking at the things that worked and those things that didn’t is important for any business and going in to a New Year is as good a time as any to spend time reflecting on this.
I was reading an article this morning and it prompted me to write this post to help you and myself get aligned and empowered for 2014!
Who Am I?
Learning about ourselves is a great way to understand why things may not be working as we had hoped in our business. If we really don’t enjoy what we are doing then it isn’t going to work. If the way in which we have set up our business just doesn’t fit in with our lifestyle and personality then it is going to be a continuous battle to succeed.
Be A Learner
It is often said that once you stop learning you stop living. As an information marketer it is our job to continually learn what’s new in our business niche.
I think I have said before that the more you learn, the more you can teach and the more you teach, the more you learn!
If staying motivated is something that you struggle with then find out the things that motivate you. For example, when it’s cold outside and you really don’t want to take your dog out for a walk what is it that makes you still go outside in the rain and walk your dog? Concern? Feeling needed? Giving? Guilt?
Read my post about being motivated by a carrot or a stick
Work out what you’re passionate about and try to relate it to your business. What is the real reason why you have or want an online business? It could be because you want to be able to care for your children rather than send them to a child minder. If in your business you help others do the same then you will be passionate about helping others and enjoy your work.
A Helping Hand
Always be looking for ways that you can help other people and your subscribers. Helping others and seeing them achieve will actually cement in your own mind what you are passionate about and what motivates you.
Commit to investing in yourself whether that is time or money. Spend time doing the things you enjoy and learn how to relax. Increase your knowledge so that you have more value to share with others.