The calendar page flops over in a day and you'll be
starting month number seven of this year in your
business. July signals the rounding of the far turn in
the business race and the start of the sprint down the
homestretch to year end 2007.
If you are like most people in business, January
is your major goal setting time of the year.
And odds are close to even that you renewed old and
set some new business goals at the start of this year.
Written on paper or etched in your mind, 2007 is the
year things will change and progress and more profit
will be made.
So I want you to ask you to ask yourself this
question, "How am I doing with my goals for
If you are struggling with making changes, taking risk
and maintaining confidence in your ability to do that
which you signed up for at the start of the year, you're
caught in the mid year slump. After your goals
were set at the start of the year, enthusiasm and
energy kept you on track for a few weeks, but gradually
old habits and attitudes took over and the
slump started. You slowed from a hand
gallop to a walk over a course of weeks not because
you wanted to, but because the many forces of
resistance pulled you away from your intent.
If you name the problem mid year slump it is
a problem half solved. What is the other half of the
Admit you're slumping and forget about the past
six months and start over. The fact that the
month will be July and not January to review and
rekindle your goals is no reason to postpone what you
set out to do. Both months start with J and that's
close enough. J is for journey, too, and if your journey
has been a shortcut to old habits and negative
thinking, change it.
As each day is a new start, start July like it was
January and begin again to do the things that you want
to do to change your business and personal life.
Maybe your goals include some of these:
- Design a year round marketing plan for your
business and put it into action
- Have a difficult conversation to solve an ongoing
problem that won't fix itself
- Hire a bookkeeper; get your records on real
accounting software like Quick Books
- Call professional horsemen you don't know well
and make them a part of your network
- Start an organized personal physical fitness
program away from the farm
- Raise your rates to reflect rising operational
- Take a vacation
- Sell or find homes for horses that no longer fit in
Continue to make changes and
- Take a regular day off
- Let the help go that doesn't fit in your business
- Specialize in what you do best and stop doing
- Get enough sleep
As usual, timing is everything
The right time
to set or reset goals is always. . .Now.
the right time to start achieving goals is
always. . . Now.
Everything else is the wrong time.
See you in the starting gate.