Are you preparing for a fabulous 2010? I thought I would share my planning process maybe it will help you think bigger. Every quarter I look at my business and determine where I want to get better. I ask myself two questions.
What can I do better?
How can I do more?
Those questions give me a place to begin the evaluation, and it allows me to begin thinking bigger. I use this same process to begin planning for the next year.
I know my business does not grow if I do not grow. Sometimes when I want to make changes I have to first educate myself and that education becomes part of the plan. Solopreneurs have to be aware of their current level of knowledge and their need to continue learning.
As you begin planning for 2010 and beyond don’t think small. Think as big as you possibly can. Need a little push listen to the audio here Thinking Big. Solopreneurs can get sucked into the daily stuff and forget to expand their vision for something much larger.
Once I identify the areas I want to improve, I then begin planning how I will accomplish that goal. For 2010 I started the brainstorming a couple of months ago. Every time something would come to my mind I would add it to a program I love at www.thebrain.com This is brainstorming on steroids. I can add an idea and then add notes and the resources I need to achieve the idea and keep building it. When I finally put all the pieces together in December my work will be just about complete.
One goal for 2010–I want my book published – Just wanting something does not make it happen. I have to have a plan and then act on that plan. I purchased a book on book proposals and began studying, did some additional research and then began writing the proposal. Next step identify the agents and publishers that represent non-fiction books in the business genre. Once I have completed my research I submit my book proposal each week, and complete the book. To move forward I will schedule time in my calendar for writing each week. To ensure I will keep one or more appointments with my keyboard. If I have it on my calendar, I have made a commitment to following through.
I continue this type of process until I have completed my planning. It takes being willing to develop and drill down to the smallest of steps. It is a wonderful feeling to have a roadmap to follow and not simply throwing things at the walls hoping something sticks. Instead with a plan I can measure my progress and make adjustments when necessary.
How about you how are you planning for 2010? Love to have you join me for a unique program for building your business and marketing plans.