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"This Was My Great Year" Entrepreneur Should So Say

January 28 2016 l ndbs  

Many Entrepreneurs start a year with great resolutions and are excited and looking forward to business growth and great year ahead. In countries like China their years are themed around the national goals but in countries like South Africa the themes are according to religious bodies individuals belong to.

One church may have prosperity as a theme and the other has Taking Over as a theme, such themes do inspire individuals to have aim and purpose during the year. It is unfortunate that not everybody will experience fulfillment of the theme come year end but only those who stayed focused and working toward achieving what they aimed for.

As Entrepreneur you need to have a theme for a year in your business and whatever you will do should be within that theme, and once you have the theme the following will be important to end a year on a high note:

Do what needs to be done daily

For you to know what needs to be done daily you should check first what was not done today in order to either include it in tomorrow’s agenda or leave it out. But always remember that when you delay to do what you planned it starts to age and looks less important with the passing of time.

If you are not sure whether to do something or not rather consult with somebody to see if you were right in dropping it as you might leave out what is meant to take you forward. At the end of each day do personal stock take and review what you did, then plan for a day ahead.

Do not go to sleep without a review of what you did during the day, that will help you plan well for a day ahead and know what needs to be done first

Stick to the agenda

Before doing anything during the day check if what you set as priorities are done already. Some things that pop up may turn into priorities as you cannot predict what should happen. Suppose you get a call saying you should submit your documents for a contract within 24 hours, that can become a priority but before you do it, see how you can deal with what has already been on the list, by so doing you may find yourself delegating it to someone while you attend to the 24 hour deadline. Do not deviate from your daily plan for no valid reason.

Make time for everything

If you do not make time for everything you will do anything that comes along thus trading time of what is important for what is not important. Make time for business and time for family, make time for shopping and time for paying bills. Your life must not just happen, plan what you need to do and make sure you do it.

Achieving great things in life is about doing small things in every opportunity you get daily, nothing that comes along is less important if that is meant to take you to another level in your business.

What you do throughout the year will determine how your review of the year will be, you will either say “This was not my year” or “This was my great year”. When the year starts you are so positive and declare “This is my year”, let it be so by putting efforts in to it and achieve what you planned at the beginning of the year.

Derrick is a Certified Business Advisor   (IBA Member)

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