Believe it or not, a new year and decade are around the corner. As we approach the beginning of 2020, small businesses need to kick their planning into full gear. New Year’s Resolutions are not only confined to our personal lives. They can be extended to our work life as well. If you are a small business owner, you can benefit greatly from setting business goals for 2020.

There are many moving parts to a successful business. It’s easy to get lost in the busyness and feel like there’s a lot of work for little to no results. Creating a tracking system will give you the feeling of accomplishment as each task or milestone is completed. Tracking allows you to see your growth as well as areas that need some work.

It takes time to learn new things, which is why many home business owners end up not getting started. Make learning a part of your getting started plan. Get a book, network, take a class or search the Internet for the information you need. The only way to have a different outcome in life is to figure out what’s not working and then do something different. You need to get honest with yourself about what could get in the way. Many business owners get stuck on their journey by something they don’t know.

Too many people see difficulties or failures as stop signs. Instead of seeing challenges as reasons to stop, re-frame them into something that pushes you forward. Failures are learning opportunities. Problems are challenges to overcome.

For established small businesses and large organizations, push yourself to see beyond the horizons and develop goals and a vision that can take your business to the next level. Find a few key areas that could benefit from an automated process. This will free you up to focus on big-picture thinking, strategy, and becoming a better leader.

A great start to planning for the year is to take stock of the experiences that were most energizing and inspiring for you during the past 12 months. Those reflect your values and your strengths, and they are the building blocks from which you can create your 2020 vision.



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