The New Year is about to strike. Excitement is brewing. A New Year filled with new possibilities. When January 1st hits it seems that people tend to start off strong.  As the year goes on, many times, that excitement starts to fizzle a bit. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are 3 ways to make 2016 a great year (and not just make January 2016 a great month!)

  1. Plan, plan, plan! Whether you have business or personal goals planning is a must. Take a calendar out and plan. Do you have a new business idea you want to implement that will take some time? Break it down into manageable goals over the course of the next few months, and then either plan something for the remaining months, or set a date with yourself (that you won’t break) to plan out the remainder of the year when that first goal is accomplished. Make sure you give yourself adequate time, finances, and resources to execute your plan effectively!
  2. Take time as often as you can to reach out to others. Again, this can be both professionally and personally. There is something about bringing happiness to other people that is very personally satisfying. Make a difference in the lives of others in a positive way. By reaching out you are not only being a good person, but probably keeping up with great contacts to have for future projects you may come across.  As a business owner, you always want to be networking!
  3. Persevere! This is professionally and personally. When you make those plans and hit roadblocks, remember roadblocks can be moved! Do what you need to, to persevere, whether it’s finding a buddy to hold each other accountable, or putting up post-it notes with motivational quotes. Remember your friends at IOU Financial are here to help if your business is in need of an affordable small business loan.

In looking through these 3 points, one thing holds true, to make it a great year having focus on both the professional and personal aspects of your life is important.