Monthly Archives: December 2012

How To Kick Your Business Into High Gear in 2013

The Albright ChallengeFor many the New Year will mark a new beginning. It’s a time to make new resolutions, goals and plans for the year ahead. While many are setting weight loss goals or promising to take a new direction in life, others are setting their sights on much bigger things in 2013.­

If you want to shake things up in 2013 and take control of your business and your life, it’s time to get to work! The end of the year is the best time to get reflect on your future goals and better position yourself to tackle your new hurdles during the upcoming year.

As we are approaching the New Year, INC. Magazine has released tips to help you put your business in a better position to experience growth in 2013 right now:

1. Finalize your 2013 goals: It’s better to have a clear vision of your goals and where you want to go and what you want to accomplish. If you don’t, you could end up starting the year off to a slow start, leaving you less time to achieve your goals.

2. Choose your key priorities for the first quarter: Figure out what are the most important and most urgent tasks that need to be done first. If you tried to focus on more than a few things at once, you can become overwhelmed. Also, make a plan to delegate or shift lower-tier priorities accordingly.

3. Make an action plan to get to know your customers better: Make a commitment in 2013 to learn more about your customers’ needs, goals, and objectives. This will help you during the sales process and in maintaining client relationships.

4. Visualize your 3 to 5-year goal: What will you have to accomplish in 2013 to ensure that you meet your longer-term objectives?

5. Pick one item that is a distraction and create a plan to eliminate it: Focus creates success.

10. Get some rest and reward yourself. It’s going to be a long and fun ride in 2013, mixed in with a lot of hard work. Get ready to kick some butt!

Check out Andy Albright’s goal setting and self-growth program called The Albright Challenge.  Participating in this program and following the steps will kick your business into high gear in 2013.

Motivation Burn Out? 8 Ways to You Can Stay Motivated to Reach Your Goals

imagesCAUAQV1PWhenever you first set out to accomplish a goal, you typically have the “pedal to the metal” and are in high gear. But after a few days, you often can notice yourself down shifting and slowing down as you begin to run out of gas.

Achieving a goal is not always easily accomplished. Sometimes it can take months or even years to reach, but not before you have overcome obstacles along the way.

Here at National Agents Alliance, we know that one of the keys in achieving any goal is to stay motivated. Often times, motivation begins to wear off to due to a “burn out” or a loss of focus. Soon you’ll think of excuses, let procrastination set in and before you know it, a year has passed by and you’re still standing in the same spot.

If you’re ready to tackle a goal you’ve had your sights set on, Dale Carnegie has a few tips on how to maintain motivation to work towards achieving your goal:

  • Talk: Talk to people you respect and trust to get their opinion and positive reinforcement. Also, just talking aloud about your concerns and obstacles can help you overcome them and move forward.
  • Train:  Fear of failure, especially when you feel unprepared or untrained for a certain task, can quickly overwhelm you. The easiest way to overcome this to obtain training, skills and the education you need. Plus, the added confidence will motivate you to work harder towards the end goal.
  • Visualize:  You should always visualize you goal, what needs to be done, and what you have to do to get there. By thinking it through step-by-step and imagining yourself completing it, you will be able to tackle even the most difficult task.
  • Understand what is at stake: Having a complete picture of what is at stake can keep you motivated. What you will lose if you do not reach your goal? Will you face disappointment? Will you miss out on something great?  Will you feel regretful?
  • Get Inspired: Get around people, places and things that inspire you to work towards your goal.  Keep yourself in an environment where you are happy and positive, and keep successful, self-motivated people around you. Remember, if you stay by the fire, you’ll stay warm.
  • Get engaged: Don’t get complacent with where you are after achieving some progress. Always be thinking about what needs to be done next, and set continuous deadlines and goals to ensure you stay on track.
  • Push yourself: You must learn to push yourself. Always remind yourself that the end result will be well worth the work, and challenge yourself to be better than you knew you could be.

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