Each year, a few days before New Year’s Eve, I head off to my mountain retreat in Big Bear Lake, California, to recharge my batteries. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with the family and prepare for the onslaught of the coming year.
It’s also a good time to give some thought to the vision you have for your business and life over the next year.
It’s hard to hit a target you’re not aiming at. The new year is a great time to think about some of your plans and goals for the next 12 months (and beyond). Even if all you have is a couple days, take the time at the end of every year to slow down and do some “vision making” for your business. Remember that a successful businessperson needs to work “on” the business as well as “in” the business. Work “on” your business this month by creating your vision for 2012.
This is what I did back in the mid 1980’s when I had some time to reflect on this little networking enterprise that I started, called BNI. It was during one of these year-end retreats that I created an organization chart for my company as part of my 5 year plan. At the time, I had two part-time employees. However, I created an organization chart with 15 different boxes on it. I put my name in about 11 or 12 of the boxes for the areas I was responsible for and I put my part-timer’s names in the boxes for the areas they were responsible for.
Over the next 5 years, I scratched my name out of each box and put someone else’s name in that box as I hired someone to handle that area. It was a great exercise that helped me achieve my goals over the next 5 years and it came from one of my year-end retreats. Clearing your mind and thinking about your the future of your business can be a very good thing this time of year. Even if you only have a couple days – get away and do some vision making.
If you use this time of year to think about your goals for the future, tell me what you do here in my blog.
Have a great New Year!