I know we are well passed the beginning of the year when all resolutions should be made, New Year – New You and all that….but I still think it’s valuable to give yourself a bit of a ‘kick-start’ at any time of the year! The important thing is to decide it will make a positive difference and just go for it…

We all have different pressing issues to address, but the positive effect of new inspiration is difficult to quantify – harnessing it will not only get the day to day done but help you prioritise the days, months and tasks ahead.  I happened upon this 6-minute video a while ago when I was reeling from the post-Christmas trauma and wondering how to get things moving again.

Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been around quite a while, but I think it still has resonance today and is just good basic common sense.  I’m sure many of you are familiar with his 7 Habits – but take a moment to refresh yourselves, and I hope it has the same positive effect on you as it did on me…

 The 7 Habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey – animated book review

The habit I want to focus on here is #1 – be proactive!

It is easy to sit back and complain but what does that achieve?  In business, as in your personal life, YOU are the one who can make a difference – YOU just need to decide what you have to do and then go for it!  Certainly there will be ‘traps’ and ‘hurdles’ along the way – but there are generally ways around or over them, and the feeling of success when you get there is just fantastic!  Just the sort of thing you need to focus on to get you going.

For example – I was involved in trying to ship a container of packaging material from Holland to the USA on a tight time schedule just after Christmas.  Even with the help of expert Freight Forwarders there seemed to be daily issues to deal with – not to mention the terrible weather… but I just hear that it has been delivered, which means it will be in time for the promotion and was well worth the struggle.  Had I not been proactive, I could have just said ‘too difficult’ and saved myself a lot of work, but I achieved the required result and learned a huge amount along the way.

If you would like some help to define and achieve your goals for 2016, please contact me – Rosemary Brown, Business Development Mentor at Heart of Business, for a no-commitment chat rosemary@heart-of-business.co.uk.