3 Ways To Kickstart Your New Year

Seems like everyone is telling you to get to work today.

It’s the day after Christmas and everyone is buzzing about using this “down week” to start prepping for 2011.

I guess they are right. If you want 2011 to start out awesome – start planning and get ready for work.

What we are learning

  • Using downtime to plan
  • Kick-start 2011
  • How easy it really is

Get Your Plan Together

The week after christmas and into the new year is probably one of the quietest weeks of the year. Everyone is recovering from the holiday hang over and preparing for a literal hang over from new year’s eve.

1. Start with your plan

If you’re like most of us, you have a ton of projects and plans for the new year. Get them all written down on a piece of paper. I’ve written about how to do this effectively. Learn more here.

Being able to see your goals written out on paper right in front of you is a great motivator.

2. Get motivated for the big pay offs.

I’m trying to focus on some major areas in my business that are going to gain the most results in 2011. With the economy the way it was over the past year – a lot of time went into research and development.

We developed new products, new ideas and we developed as a team. We researched the competition and what others are doing to stay ahead of the curve.

You should have done the same. If not, cram it in this week. Research and begin your development this week. Think BIG for 2011!

3. Stay focused

It’s hard to¬†achieve¬†any of this if you’re not focused. It’s especially hard if what you’re trying to achieve isn’t fun to you.

If you’re saying, “I need to make more sales to earn more money.”

But the only way you know how to sell is cold calling or beating the streets – turn to New Media. By connecting and building relationships online – you may find the entire process more enjoyable.

Teach people about your product or service. Connect with them on personal levels and not on a corporate level. By having fun and just having normal conversation – you will enjoy it more and stay focused as you gain results.

It’s Not THAT Hard

None of this is really hard. Simple plans for big expectations.

Get your major goals outlined this week. Don’t forecast for 3 or 6 months out. Outline what you can achieve quickly.

  • Want to lose weight in 2011? Aim to lose 1 pound in a week. It’s easy and will start to get you hooked.
  • Trying to get back to the gym? Show up. Walk or run a mile and leave. Baby steps.
  • Looking to make 100 sales in 2011? Start by selling 1 in the first two weeks. Soon, you’ll be on a roll.

What else can we do to prepare for 2011? Let me know below!

3 Comments

Had Matt, thanks for the link man, wasn’t expecting that, but as you know, I’m with you on this one.

It’s time to get to work.

I like your suggestions here a lot. Especially dig the ‘building relationships’ part. There just isn’t enough that can be said about the importance of building your tribe, your network, your friends.

I wish I had understood this idea when I started blogging a year ago, as I was, in many way, the billboard in the desert.

Have a great 2011 Matt. Looking forward to connecting with you more man.

Thanks for stopping by Marcus!

I’m certainly relationship focused for the 2011 year. We can’t build this up without each other!

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