The end of the December and beginning of January is always a good time to slow down, look around, and plan for a new year.
Some people want to lose weight. Some people want to stop smoking. Some people want to find a better job.
No matter what you want to do in the coming year, you need to make sure that you have a plan.
The biggest mistake most people make is that they do not have a plan. They get an idea. They admit they want to change something. They are inspired by a book or a speaker. But they don’t have a plan.
If you’ve ever watched the movie “The Hunt for Red October,” Admiral Painter (played by Fred Thompson) asks Jack Ryan “What’s his plan? Russians don’t [go to the bathroom] without a plan.”
What is our plan?
Well for starters, we want to be able to serve more people. That may require creating relationships with new interior designers or just getting our name out there to homeowners in the area. It might mean repairing any damaged relationships with previous clients.
We also want to do whatever we can to streamline our processes and eliminate unnecessary costs. This may require a small investment up front in new technologies or it may require changing existing vendors or service providers.
We want to find out from our existing customers as well as potential customers if there is a product or service we can add to our current categories that would benefit them.
So what is your plan?
If you plan on doing something, then actually “plan” it out. Break it up into monthly or weekly or even daily tasks that will build to the final outcome you want.
Good luck. Hope you have a great year.
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In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.
In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.
And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .