Well, we just checked the calendar and confirmed it. 2018 is officially winding down. Next week at this time, your kids will be wandering through different neighborhoods badgering strangers for candy while disguising themselves. And then what? Should you already start dividing up the list of whom to invite to Thanksgiving? And while we’re on this topic, how about a shout-out to that one friend who keeps reminding you of how many weekends there are until Christmas this year.
I guess what we’re getting at is that 2018 is closing out—and quickly. And whether or not you’re still in the running to explore an entrepreneurial journey, here are some tips for finishing out the year on a good note.
First and foremost, you should begin by reflecting on the year you’ve had so far. How well do you think you did in terms of planning, success at work, success at home, achieving a goal you may have set? If you didn’t set any goals, make 2018 the last time that happens. You don’t have to start big. Commit to some small achievements and be ready to capitalize on the momentum you create along the way.
Assuming your goal is to become your own boss, write out some relatable scenarios in which this might happen. Conducting an exercise like this one will help you contemplate and communicate what it is you want to see happen in your life. Perhaps the trigger is reaching a financial savings goal which would allow you the freedom to explore a business ownership of your own. Or perhaps you intend to meet with your financial advisor and discuss your options for outside funding. Regardless of the step, make the concrete effort to follow through and see where it takes you.
As you prepare to wrap up the year that was 2018, take a good stock of what you have achieved and see what areas could use some improvement. These can be either professional or personal in nature, mind you. Start sketching out what 2019 will look like and how you will surpass your annual aspirations. In the quest to become your own boss, you may be thinking, “I’ve done my research and I have questions.” Perhaps now is the time to take a meeting, request an appointment with a qualified FranNet representative and get started down the entrepreneurial path.
Here’s a pro-tip from the FranNet Family. If you don’t keep an accurate schedule of your activities, you won’t adhere to them. When you’re working through your personal time frame of what you’d like to see happen and by when, keep it on a calendar. It will keep you honest and moving forward. And once you engage with FranNet, you won’t have to worry about forgetting an appointment! Above all, always strive to be accountable to yourself.
You won’t always go without disappointing yourself. But that’s also totally normal. We aren’t superheroes. Most of the clients we work with are hard-working, career-driven individuals. They are ambitious, have goals and strive to be the best version of themselves. That does not mean they’re infallible. Mastering the art of coaching yourself up through life takes planning, work and dedication to reach the execution phase. And that’s something we understand in our role as your navigator, as well.
When you put a bow on 2018 and are ready to plan for 2019, pencil us in for a no-cost, no-obligation visit. You’ll be glad you did.
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