You might be feeling joyous about the new year, cheering that 2016 is finally done and dusted! January is a month of rediscovery, rejuvenation and resolutions. While many might end up breaking their New Year resolution, we want to encourage you to take on as many challenges as possible and grow your business like never before.

Visualise your success

Whether you have had mass success with your business or are struggling to keep up, visualising where you want to be is a powerful motivational tool. Applying imagery as mental training has become a common practice for Olympians during training sessions. Research shows that the effects replicate an empowering and reassuring emotion that helps people push beyond their boundaries.

Be proactive

Being proactive within your business is about working towards a goal. Don’t get lost in emails and to-do lists before you are able to assess your own business situation. Analyse the most important tasks of the day, making sure they are not filled with other people’s priorities, and tackle the day in a strategic and effective matter.

Expand your knowledge

Whichever path you choose to take this year, make sure you learn a new skill on the way. Research has shown that regular business training sessions boosts industry competitiveness, identifies opportunities and increases job satisfaction levels. Include your employees and enjoy the long-term benefits it will bring you.

Don’t forget, breaks are important too

At the end of the day, you are not a machine, and neither is your business. Taking regular breaks, both short and long, is vital to manage the everyday stress of running a business. Tim Ferris, the author of The 4-hour Work Week, believes breaking your day into chunks, including giving yourself set breaks, helps people keep their focus and attention throughout the day.

 

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