The 3 strategic questions you need to answer as we start 2019

As the New Year starts I invite you to identify your top business achievements in 2018 and a few specific achievements you would most like to pursue in 2019.

It’s all too easy to dwell on stuff that’s not gone as we would have liked. For example, if you still have dozens of clients’ personal tax returns to complete and file!

Some people believe that noting their failings helps motivate them to do better next year. It doesn’t work for me though.

I don’t EVER focus on my ‘failures’. Instead, when things don’t go as planned or hoped, I examine the outcome. And I look to see what I can learn from this. I find adopting a positive forwards looking attitude is much more productive and helps me avoid dwelling on the negatives. Learning from experiences is always a positive activity for me!

This also explains why I encourage those with whom I work to adopt a more positive mindset. But to remain realistic of course.

So, here are your 3 strategic questions:
1 – What are you proud that you did during 2018 in terms of the impact it had on your practice?

2 – What are the 3 or 4 things you are seriously keen to achieve practice-wise in 2019? In each case, try to note down WHY you want to achieve these things. Don’t simply state the obvious or the same as last year.  Instead think about what you really want from your practice.

The more specific you can be, the easier you will find it to make your ambitions a reality. And the more powerfully you have justified WHY you want each one, the easier you will find it to make the time and to allocate sufficient resources to pursue each of your ambitions.

3 – What are you going to do to help ensure that each of those ambitions becomes reality? Remember, ‘hope’ alone is NOT a strategy. If you want some help, just let me know and let’s have a quick chat (no charge) to see if I can help you.  Please use this facility that accesses my diary to see when I’m available >>>

By |2019-01-02T08:45:21+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Accountants, Business advice, Productivity, Strategy|

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Mark Lee FCA is an accountancy focused futurist, influencer, speaker, mentor, author and debunker.

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