Welcome to 2018! For many, the start of each new year is an opportunity for a fresh beginning. New goals are set and former losses and short-comings are forgotten. The notion of a fresh start is important for all areas of a business’s mentality. The idea of a “clean slate” is powerful stuff. Yet, here’s the good news- most businesses aren’t actually starting from scratch. You’re beginning again. You’re starting a new fiscal year smarter, more informed, with more momentum, more awareness, and hopefully, more people are advocating for you now than ever before.
What if 2018 isn’t about abandoning what we’ve come to know and starting completely fresh? What if it’s about curating the confidence that we’ve built to date and taking it to the next level? What if we have all that we need to achieve our goals already, we just have to embrace what we have?
As leaders in companies, we must look at our own personal habits and attitudes about goal setting and achievement as it directly impacts the team surrounding you. Do you set goals? Do you talk about them? Do you write them down? Do you get buy-in from others? Do you revisit them? Do you keep yourself accountable? Or, do you set them and forget them? In working with many business owners, I find that it’s common for a goal to be set or stated - typically the goal or metric has been plucked from thin air and then when it’s not hit there are ample and seemingly justified reasons for why that goal wasn’t hit in the first place. I’m bothered by this.
On behalf of the rest of the KDM Team, Happy New Year!