It’s the same old story at this time of year. Small business owners all over the world have just taken a breath for a few days over the holiday season. They launch into the New Year hoping that, miraculously it will be ‘easier this year.’ You started out with New Year’s resolutions and now reality has set in. Keep these tips in mind as you move out of January.

Go hard early and NOW– Don’t put off the hard stuff you have to deal with. Get into it as soon as you start your year, knock it on the head and clear the runway to take off for the year. If you gotten off track, regroup and go hard early starting today.

Be confident, not arrogant – Confident leaders lead through values, vision and vulnerability. Arrogant leaders lead through fear, blame and ego. Get real about the past, to help you get real about the future. As you look back over last year, ask yourself honestly, how did you go? Only a real assessment of the past will help you prepare for a more predictable future.

Start with the end in mind – January 1st is the day you should know what the year looks like come December 31st. If you don’t know what the year should look like when it’s finished, then you’ll be in the exact same place this time next year!

About Troy Hazard: I am the founder/owner of 12 businesses over the last 25 years, current CEO of Troy Hazard International, author of the book Future-Proofing Your Business, and the former Global President of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. I have been a franchisee twice and a franchisor while consulting with over 300 brands in 6 countries. You can find me on Twitter @TroyHazard. You can book me to speak at your event by contacting us or calling 214-536-6666.