Run Through the Tape …

“Do you know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24

This is the time of the year where things really get exciting for most businesses. Whether making a mad dash to close out 2021 strong, or starting work on those 2022 plans, one thing all business owners should have in common – you better be running!

To stay ahead of the pack, you must have a solid game plan and execute to perfection.

Much like a runner, your objective should always be to run through the tape (not to the tape) to achieve your goals and thus improve your odds of success.

Whether you are gearing up for a strong end of year push or setting the table for 2022, here are five things to consider.

  1. Finish what you started in 2021, so you can get off to a fast start in the New Year ahead.
  2. Prioritize new projects and initiatives to improve ROI and maximize business results.
  3. Decommission things that aren’t working to conserve resources and eliminate the clutter.
  4. Remember it is okay to hit the restart button to help get major projects back on track.
  5. Stay focused and positive about your plans, goals and the outlook for your business.

Don’t add a bevy of new projects at year-end that will only dilute your focus and resources.

This is the time of the year to execute and delivery results, not add more to the list of “To Dos”. Similarly for 2022, try to limit your initial plans to 5-6 major initiatives. Expand as you move forward, so you don’t get winded early in the race.

Dedicate the time needed to fully develop your future plans and “stretch” goals, so your line of sight is beyond the finish line and your initial targets. Finally, make sure to work on your Top 3 list of priorities every day before moving on to other things. This holds true for any point in time during the plan year.

Run through the tape to achieve your goals. Stay ahead of the competition. Adjust your vision beyond the immediate horizon to the possibilities that lie ahead.

Best of luck to your future success. Enjoy the journey!


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