With All Due Respect for the Mayans . . . 12/31/12

With all due respect to the Mayans, :-) it appears that we need to give some thought to our plans for 2013.

Each year, a few days before New Year’s Eve, I head off to my mountain retreat in Big Bear Lake, California, to recharge my batteries.  Getting away to the mountains is something I’ve done for almost two decades.  It’s a great opportunity to spend time with the family and prepare for the onslaught of the coming year.

It’s also a good time to give some thought to the vision I have have for my business and life over the next year.

It’s hard to hit a target you’re not aiming at. The end of the year is a great time to think about some of your plans and goals for the next 12 months (and beyond). Even if all you have is a couple days, take the time at the end of every year to slow down and do some “vision making” for your business.  Remember that a successful businessperson needs to work “on” the business as well as “in” the business. Work “on” your business this month by creating your vision for next year.

It’s also good to include some personal goals in your planning.  Some of the business and personal goals I set for next year include:

  1. Regular dates with my wife.
  2. Several mid-week visits to our Lake House
  3. Several business/personal trips this year.
  4. Turn business trips into more fun trips.
  5. Complete at least one new book.
  6. Refinance a commercial property.
  7. Review a strategic plan regarding one of my businesses.
  8.  Continue to support charitable causes.
  9.  Work more “on” the business and less “in” the business.

What goals do you have for 2013?  Also, do you take a little time off at the end of the year to think about it?  Share your ideas here.

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4 Responses to this article

Bijay Shah December 31, 2012 Reply

We’re looking forward to host you and Beth in Dubai in June 2013 and making sure your trip is more FUN than business ;-)

Kent December 31, 2012 Reply

Without a goal is like driving a car without a direction. Your captcha finally fixed. I tried to contact you to fix this issue before.

Ivan Misner February 14, 2013 Reply

Kent, I’m not sure what a “captcha” is… but, I’m glad it is “finally fixed.”

Gail Nott January 3, 2013 Reply

I love envisioning & planning for the upcoming year. I spent a weekend away near the coast to plan. I set a goal for how many new clients I want for 2013. I also set a goal for how many referrals I want to give to my network.

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