Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

2016: Enormous Opportunities Await - Start Planning Now

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

2016: Enormous Opportunities Await - Start Planning Now

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AS WE enter the beginning of an exciting new year, I hope you have given time to reflect on 2015.

While there were many challenges, and obstacles, it's important we celebrate the triumphs.

If you haven't already, now is the time to be planning 2016 and what opportunities could be.

Maybe you've heard the business phrase "I have met the enemy - and he or she is me".

So often this is true but it's a very exciting concept because it means we have the ability to change dramatically our business.

An article that we have used many times in the past (with updates), originally written by my mentor Damien Parker is something I like to remind my clients as we approach each new year. It's called This Year.

This year I'm, not going to be a procrastinator; I'm going to do things on time every time. This year I'm going to utilise my time effectively.

This year I'm going to plan my day in advance - in fact I'm going to write down my job functions every morning - first up. I'm going to prioritise them and I'm going to attack them in the order of importance.

This year I'm going to give me and my family the priority we deserve, which is priority 1, 2 and 3. I'm also going to concentrate on my health, because a dead me is no good to anybody.

This year I'm going to work on my spiritual health by spending time in prayer and meditation.

This year I'm going to delegate more to my staff but firstly I'm going to find out whether they are suited to the role and then I'm going to train the hell out of them.

This year I'm going to look for people doing things right, and I'm going to comment on their good performances and reward them accordingly.

This year I'm going to communicate more effectively with my staff, in fact I'm going to schedule regular meetings to inform them of what's going on. I'm going to tell them what's going right as well as what's going wrong; above all, I'm going to get them involved. I'm going to seek their views and suggestions. …

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