Getting Off To a Great Start In 2009, 4 Simple Yet Powerful Questions To Get You There

It’s that time of year again.  People start talking about business plans and goals for the upcoming year.  There are an infinite number of business plans out there, some of which are pages and pages long.  I am always so impressed when people show my their 30 page plan broken down minute by minute for the next year.  The reality for me it that I love the part about writing down goals and visions, but when it comes to breaking down the numbers and getting to details like that I usually set the thing aside and never come back to it.  It is funny, I am actually a numbers person, but when it shows up in a business plan it turns me off.  I certainly set a dollar goal for income that I plan to earn in the next year, but breaking it down to dollars per month and week stresses me out.  It is too easy to get off track in which case I focus on that versus knowing that I will get there by the end of the year. 

All of that aside, focus and structure is critical to success.  Here are 4 questions that I believe if you answer these alone will get you in the right mindset for an amazing 2009:

1. What was the best thing you did in your business in 2008?

2. What is the one thing you would like to eliminate or improve?

3. What is the one thing you are looking to do new in your business in 2009?

4. How will you hold yourself accountable?

The reality is one thing done extremely well can transform your life and your business.  As working moms it is easy to get overwhelmed with the volume of things coming at us.  So give yourself a break and just choose one thing.  You will be amazed at the impact. 

The other critical part is accountability.  Who will help to keep you on track?  It can be a friend, agent, coach, etc.  The only thing to remember if you choose a friend, which I have done many times, is to make sure that you are truly being accountable and not letting each other off the hook.  When I have done it in the past we are usually very diligent for the first 2 or 3 appointments and then it phases into just catching up over lunch or coffee.  Ultimately it should be someone that if you have to call them and tell them you haven’t done what you said you were going to do, you feel a little uncomfortable.  I am a coach with the Ninja Group out of Fort Collins so if you are interested in coaching, give me a call at 206-718-3003 or send me an email at

So what are your answers to the above questions?  Feel free to post them here and check back in the next week or so. I have been brainstorming these questions with a lot of agents lately and will be posting some of the feedback to give you some additional ideas.

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