Are you ready to start the new year off on a high note?

It’s that time of year again. December is here, and 2016 is starting to wind down. One of the things that we do in our business every year at this time is to take a look back at what worked (and what didn’t work) over the last year. First, we take a close look at which of our efforts provided the most value to our clients. Then, we look at what provided the best results for our business. This information will give us a good place to start when it comes to our plan for moving forward into the new year. When you do this for yourself, it will set you up for success as you look to make 2017 your best year yet.

For those of you who want to grow your business in 2017 (and that should be all of you), here are 3 strategies that we use in our business, that make a huge difference for us.

Tip #1: Get a solid plan in place

We use this same philosophy when it comes to video production for our clients, but the same holds true for your business.

First, identify your goals. What is it that you want to accomplish in 2017? Spend some time really thinking about this, and then write those goals down. Type them up, print them out, and hang them on the wall next to your desk. Or get a huge white board on your wall, and list your goals for you and your team to see every day.

Once you get clear on your goals for the upcoming year, then you can start mapping out a path to take the steps to get you there.

Tip #2: Surround yourself with like-minded people

Being an entrepreneur is hard, especially if you try to do everything yourself. You need support on this journey because it can be a roller coaster at times. It’s easy to find motivation when things are going great, but as you know, that’s not always the case.

So dump the naysayers, and their negative energy, if you need to. Instead, surround yourself with people who lift you up, support you, and are there to champion you every step of the way.

We are part of a weekly mastermind group made up of other entrepreneurs. Every week we talk about where we are in our businesses, what’s working, and what’s not working. We have an invaluable team there to bounce our ideas off of, and get feedback from.

Tip #3: Get a mentor or coach

All great achievers have a coach, including Olympic athletes. It’s hard to always see for yourself where you need help, or where you can improve. You need someone who is a few steps ahead of you to guide you and steer you in the right direction.

In business, having the right coach or mentor can save you both time and money when you are able to avoid making the same mistakes that others have made before you.

We have a coach for our business, and our coach has a coach for her business. And seeing what it’s done for us, we don’t ever see a time that we won’t have a coach guiding us to the next level of what we’re looking to accomplish.

So don’t try to do it all yourself or figure it all out on your own. Find someone who you connect with, who has done the things that you are looking to accomplish, and figure out how you can benefit from their wisdom.

The last thing you want is to find yourself sitting in the same place, with the same challenges, 1 year from now, wishing you had done something different. So start implementing these strategies, and let’s make 2017 your best year yet!

Please share your thoughts and comments below. What are your biggest goals for your business in 2017?

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