New Year, New You?

It’s at this time of year that most people sit and make resolutions. It’s not something that I do these days, more to do with the fact I can never make them last, but I do think that there is a need to set goals for your business.

A year ago my business wasn’t even a dream; I was employed in a full time role, so asking me to make resolutions wouldn’t have made the slightest difference.

You have to set yourself goals or ideals but remain flexible enough to adapt and grow with them.

Set yourself a challenge that is going to take effort to achieve, it’s no fun if it’s easy, and the harder it is to achieve the more satisfaction you will gain from reaching it.

A New Year is a great time to review things, it’s a fresh start, I think that is why New Year is such a popular holiday, and it’s a chance to put mistakes behind you, to start again, another chance to possibly achieve that dream.  Just look at how many people go back to work in January determined to look for a new job, or the divorce rate in January, the Xmas and New Year break seems to focus people much more than any other holiday.

So have I set my business goals yet? Nope, I have a rough idea of what I want to achieve, I need to put it down in writing though, I need to make sure that it is enough of a challenge but also achievable and realistic. It’s on my to do list!
I have acted on a couple of items though, I have booked my summer holiday, after all, it’s probably the only week of sun I will see all year, so I have something to look forward to and to work towards.  I have also booked my place at the VA conference as well, a chance to meet my fellow Virtual Assistants and to learn how to improve and grow my business.

I have set myself a personal challenge of getting back on track with my running, I’ve already booked a 10k race to work towards, but as that’s not till August will find something a little sooner to motivate me for now.  I am not going to diet, but I will try and be more sensible in my eating choices, I need a long term plan not a quick fix.

So have a think, be it personal or business related, set yourself goals, call them resolutions if you will, but ensure that they are realistic and achievable, it’s great for your morale if you can achieve them, and a downer if you can’t.  Consider sharing them with someone else, it’s more of an incentive to achieve it.

Here’s hoping your 2010 brings you what you would wish for, may all your problems be small ones, and may all your achievements bring you rewards.


  1. I love New Year, for me its a vital point to sit and think what has changed since last year and I'm afraid to say I don't feel any further forward in 2010 than I did in 2009. Although, I've managed to deal with some big personal issues work wise I'm not really moving forward. However, its the start of a new decade so I've got a plan and I'm going to go for it...

    good luck to you too xxxx

  2. Hi Helen,

    great blog. I have a monthly Marketing Planner (MS Word Format) that has already gone out to customers...if you want a copy let me know.

    Good luck with the 10K prep.


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