Several years ago, I started a year-end tradition of writing a list of questions for business owners to ask themselves as they started their new year to focus on growing their companies.

It has become very useful for many of my clients. I suggest you set aside some time, look at each of these questions, and answer them with an action plan.

Follow that plan, and like many others, you will guarantee your own success. Here we go:

What are you going to do to improve your industry and your knowledge in 2020?

How many inactive customers will you revive and turn into regular customers again? What do you need to do to make that happen?

What will you do to ensure you’re protecting your best customers, and adding more value to the relationships? How will you sell even more to them?

How many new customers will you bring on this year? How do you plan to do that, specifically?

What, specifically, are your sales and production goals for 2020? How does that break down into quarterly and monthly goals?

How much more money will you make in 2020? How will that happen? What will you need to do, today, to take the first steps in that direction? What will you need to do to increase THAT number by an additional 10%?

What are you going to do every day to keep your attitude at a high level?

How much time are you going to spend, daily, to improve your own marketing skills? What will you do?

How are you going to maximize the use of your time? Where will you cut out the time-wasters in each day?

What have you been putting off that you will take care of within the next two weeks?

What challenge, wish or desire–that you’ve never attempted before–will you finally achieve in 2020? How will you do that? Why?

Where are you going to write all of this down so you can review and revise your plans regularly?

What will it LOOK like when you accomplish everything you’ve just been thinking about?

Why COULDN’T you do all of this?

Any answer to that last one is not a reason, but rather a self-imposed limitation, excuse, or lack of desire or effort. The biggest deterrent to success looks us in the mirror every day.

Now, go out and plan to COMMIT to YOUR BEST YEAR EVER IN 2020!

Have a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving next week for those of you in the U.S.

Michael

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