January has already come and gone. If you're like most entrepreneurs and small business owners you may or (more likely) may not have created that plan for 2016. Hey, you're not alone.
But if you're looking at 2016 to be the year you make it big (or bigger) in your industry or profession then read up. There are a few things you need to do now to get yourself, and your organization, where you want it to be.
You have to set the stage for growth and that starts with designing your Bigger Future! This is your time to work "on" your business for a change and we promise it will be waiting when you return.
1. Shut It Down. Find a quiet spot for several hours (let's say 1-2 hours to start). No vibrating phone, no email pop up notices, no internet, no kids/family/friends/colleagues. NO distractions.
2. Dream Big! Grab some paper and get creative. WRITE it down. Writing helps imprint things into longer term memory, so draw, write, etc. and answer these questions...
If we were sitting in a coffee shop 10 years from now, catching up as colleagues do, what would your life look like now and what would have transpired in those 10 years to get you there? Money & time are not an issue, dream big!
3. Identify Your Resources. What resources would you need to get to your 10-year target? Money, people, time, tools, ideas, education, etc. Whatever it is, write it down. You may not know all of what you need, but this gets you thinking about those resources.
Continue to revisit this each week and tweak it until you get it where you want it. I'll walk you through the next steps in a few days.
If you're interested in more information or to join our Entrepreneurial Success Framework Cohort, check out HCM2020 for details! We are starting Cohort #1 on February 24th in Reston, Virginia, USA!
Amy Riccardi is the Chief People Officer and Founder of HCM2020. She's a guest lecturer at Georgetown and George Washington Universities and works with executive teams and CEOs to help scale and grow their business.