This is it! We are in the last month of 2020’s 4th Quarter. 2020 has been a year like no other. Only God knows what 2021 will bring! Let me ask you something...If you had insight into how this year would go while you were still in 2019, how would you have prepared? What would you have done differently?
We hold onto hope that next year will be a breath of fresh air but what if it isn’t? What if next year is an exact repeat of 2020?
How would you prepare?
I’m sure your preparation for a repeat of 2020 would differ if you knew that 2021 would be the breath of fresh air we are all hoping for.
My point is, as human beings - we don’t know what tomorrow will hold. As entrepreneurs, the future seems even more uncertain. Although we cannot control what happens in society, we can prep for it. As I demonstrated earlier, there’s no way to know exactly what to prepare for but through goal-setting, using proper reflection, assessment, planning, and strategizing, we put ourselves in the best positions to prosper no matter what.
Think about the goals you set for yourself, family, and business last year. How have they measured up? Take a moment to reflect.
Recall the goals you set for 2021 last year. Has anything impacted those goals? COVID? Shutdowns?
Is there anything you could’ve done differently? Why wasn’t it?
If you had the opportunity to make better personal, family, or business decisions, what are the steps you would have taken to ensure those decisions were made?
Next, let’s set some S.M.A.R.T. goals! The acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Each of your goals should contain all of these qualities.
Before you get started, note that you shouldn’t overlap business, family, and personal goals unless they are relevant to one another (ex. Family is starting a business together and sets a goal to maintain defined work-home boundaries during their “No-business days”.)
Once you’ve created SMART goals for each category of your life, you are ready to use your notes from the reflection and assessment work you did to strategize effectively.
Next, you’ll develop a system to help you achieve your 2021 goals by defining the steps you need to take in order to reach your goals. Each goal should have specific steps. The steps may require you to learn a new routine or kick some unhealthy habits to the curb. They should be steps that you know you can hold yourself accountable to. If you hold yourself accountable to doing the minor work, your goals will become more attainable!
Let’s get it this month y’all! No matter what happens in 2021, we will be prepared!