For many, 2010 has been a challenging, exciting and memorable year. Surely there are things you’ve learned from the past 12 months that can help you make the coming year better and more enjoyable. Here are some things that come to mind for me. Nothing seems out of the norm, but just reflecting on it kind of puts things in perspective from both a personal and professional point of view.
- Enjoy your family and friends. Time goes fast. Take time to be with the ones you love.
- Enjoy life. Take time to do things that make you feel good about yourself.
- Celebrate. We’re still here helping others achieve success in their business, so we can too.
- Be patient. Good things happen to good people.
- Focus. There’s probably more to do than you can get done. Prioritize and make sure you’re concentrating on the most important things.
- Work hard. Nothing replaces this. More managers who have been working on their businesses are now working in them. Learn from this.
- Take care of your customers. Competitors are hungry and are going after your customers. Keep them satisfied by delivering the very best products and services.
- Take care of your employees. While some turnover is not necessarily a bad thing, it is expensive. Treat your employees right and they’ll do the same for you.
- Manage hard. Watch your cash flow and your expenses and keep your labor costs in line.
- Keep pitching business, the right business. Prospects are out there. Find the ones who are the best fit for you and tell them why. Some will pick you. Both of you will benefit.
- Get comfortable with online marketing. It works. People are getting results. Try it.
- Be prepared for more change. Technology is driving so much of what we do, see, hear, feel, etc. Embrace it. It’s an evolving world.
- Get away. It’s been a crazy and exciting year. Go do something else for a few days. You probably need it.
What have you learned from 2010? Send us your thoughts and stay tuned for next time when I do a little forecasting. Happy New Year.