The beginning of a new year holds so much potential for expansion and success–it just seems like a natural time to focus on bringing our desired hopes and dreams to life! Usually we hit a wall somewhere along the way, but it doesn’t haven’t to be the end of our enthusiasm or our adventure. Seeing the year ahead as a journey where we may encounter tire problems, detours or bad weather may encourage each of us to enjoy the ride rather than focus so fiercely on outcomes. If you’re not enjoying a healthy business and life experience you won’t have the stamina to see your dreams through, so I thought I’d begin the New Year with a look at some tools that you can use as GPS devices. These tools can assist you not only in achieving your dreams, but encourage you to take a balanced approach to the journey. P.S.–none of the links below are affiliate links, so I am not compensated in any way for these offerings.
Whether you prefer your laptop, desktop, phone or iPad as your main business ally, this tool will assist you in getting your ideas shaped up, planned and synced. The cost runs $80 for your Mac/laptop and about $20 for your phone, so if you’re on the go, you can still keep your business ship shape and on target for success (don’t forget to plan your vacations)!
A more affordable tool ($9), this calendar/workbook duo comes in two flavors–life and business. So for the savvy business owner you’ll not only have a ritual to bless and release 2012 you’ll have an opportunity to flesh out those really big dreams in detail. Grab a latte and sneak off to your favorite quiet nook for some deep thinking with this tool; you should come out of your reverie with a balanced, detailed idea of how 2013 will roll. Sweet!
Would you like to establish an online video presence, but hate seeing yourself on camera? No problem! PowToon will enable you to deliver your message or presentation in a classy, yet affordable fashion–and no one need see your face. Always helpful if you’re camera shy! Cost rages between $9-$57 per month and you get a 14 day trial. This is a nice, flexible tool you can add to the social media platforms that you’re already using. The added caveat is that Google, who owns pride of place in the search engine optimization world, also owns–ta-da, YouTube! You’ll be top of the heap in no time and you’ll have done it with style!
Is this your year to leave the employee life behind? You might want to check out Scott Disnmore’s program Live Off Your Passion. Most of us have to work–about 99% of us as a matter of fact. And it’s also a fact that many of us hate our jobs…Scott has created a $197 program to help you identify your passions and skills–and then take that information to the next level–transforming you into CEO of YOUInc, the much coveted level of successfully self-employed entrepreneur. If your wallet is a bit slim after the holidays, no worries. Check out Scott’s Live Your Legend site; you’ll find a variety of free tools that can get you off and running on your journey to being happily financially solvent as a self-employed entrepreneur.
This is a multimedia success tool from Danielle LaPorte intended to focus you on success from the inside out (and not just for business)…what does your success feel like? Interesting question! A book–digital and old school paper; three months of email support, activity sheets and more for $170; this is perfect for the right brained success maven on the go and a must for all Danielle LaPorte fans!
As many of you know, this is my personal favorite planner–personal and business life all in one book; gotta love it! This planner is divided horizontally in three levels; a brain dump, daily list, timed appointment section, plus sections for expenses and a column to track your shopping list, or any other important info. The Planner Pad comes in a variety of sizes and prices; click the link above to find the right type of Planner Pad for you.
I’ve already talked about the importance of having a business plan for tax season 2012; the IRS has new ideas about ways to eliminate your business deductions and it all hinges on the viability of your business plan (see that post here). While the book is available on Kindle, I recommend the paper version so that you have better access to the worksheets. This book is for those of us whose heads spin whenever the topic of book keeping, financial statements or anything of a similar nature is mentioned. Yes, your business planning in 2013 should include a business plan–go figure!
This tool is for the graphically challenged among us who also happen to a) have a limited budget and b) need Facebook fan page designs. Not as fancy as your graphic designer or web genius ally, this will still get the job done for anywhere from free (not much with this offer though) to $33.25 per month. Not bad and a great way to add some social oomph to your Facebook page!
I could go on, but that’s a lot to get you started. Hopefully this list will reignite your New Year’s enthusiasm if it is waning and support you in knocking the proverbial ball out of the park if you’re ready to fly out of the starting gate. And as a Twitter friend of mine posted on New Years day, may 2013 exceed your expectations!