Although we know that over 80% of new year’s resolutions will fail by February, we can’t help ourselves but start January with a list of wishes for the new year. This is part of the beginning of any new cycle and all the possibilities that it can bring: a blank slate, a new chapter that we can write and lots of opportunities. So I invite you to use these refreshing energies that the new year brings to take old dreams from the drawer and put them into action. If you have been considering quitting your 9-to-5 to start your own business, there’s no better time than now.
With the global pandemic, the workspace is going through a transformational phase, and it has a name: The Great Resignation – a trend of employees leaving their jobs voluntarily to seek more fulfilling opportunities. If you’ve been seeking a more purposeful life, more meaningful work, and making a greater impact on the world: you are not alone.
So how can you make sure you don’t fall into the 80% of new year’s resolutions that fail when you start pursuing your dream business? Starting a new year is always invigorating. Make sure you take advantage of this momentum to pursue opportunities that have been on your radar for a long time.
Here are five tips to help you succeed.
- Have clear objectives
Write down your year-end goals using the SMART method. Make sure your goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound (have a clear date for you to accomplish these goals).
- Make your Q1 Plan
Plan what you need to accomplish for the first trimester of the year in order to move closer to achieving your goals.
Make sure you work on the areas that will really help you move the needle. These may not be your favourite things, but they are the most important to get done.
- Surround yourself with likeminded people
Being a solopreneur is not an easy task. Join networking groups and entrepreneurial communities to bounce off ideas, share your challenges, and talk to people who are going (or have gone) through the entrepreneurial journey.
- Find a mentor
Having a mentor can help you move in the right direction and give you the clarity and motivation you need to achieve your goals.
Julia Falci is a Business Coach & Marketing Consultant based in
Vancouver, BC. Her site: www.juliafalci.com