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Creating Your Best Year Ever - Part 1: Setting Goals

What will 2006 hold for our industry? The answer is (at least partly) up to you. The first step is knowing what you really want for your business. You may not be able to control the economy, your community, or your clients, but with some planning and focus, you can create an incredible year.

With 2006 less than a month away, this is the perfect time to decide just what your best year ever will look like.

What Do You Want?

The fact that you are reading this article tells me a lot about you. You're still here! You've already weathered an incredibly difficult period for our business. Congratulations on hanging in there.

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to choose your goals for 2006. If you just want to get by, is survival enough? Or do you want to make it a year to remember? If so, get a clear picture in your mind of your business at its very best. What will have you leaping out of bed each morning with joy and anticipation?

To help you come up with an answer, here are ten questions to consider in formulating your goals for 2006. Make notes, draw diagrams or pictures, or just think about each of them.


What do you really, really, really want to achieve in 2006? (Think big! The bigger your grin when you anticipate your goals, the more right they are for you.)

  1. What did you learn in 2005? How can you use this to create an amazing 2006?
  2. How can you upgrade your company to serve you better?
  3. What are five things you believe you personally need to do better in 2006?
  4. What resources have you overlooked or under-utilized that could help you have an incredible year?
  5. What niche or specialty could you add that will enhance your business?
  6. If not already a part of your sales strategy, how could the addition of perm placement or contracting help grow your revenues?
  7. What do you need to let go of that is no longer serving you well? (Just imagine what you could do with that extra time!)
  8. When will you take time off in 2006? (It is human nature to need a break from all of your hard work.)
  9. What else comes to mind when you think about making 2006 your best year yet?

Let your notes sit for a few hours or a day, then review them carefully and create a list of three goals for the new year. In the next regular issue of Staffing Industry Tips, I'll share some ideas for using your list of goals to create an action plan for 2006.

- Scott Wintrip

StaffingU Founder & President

Scott Wintrip, PCC ( is Founder and President of StaffingU, the leader in providing relationship-building techniques guaranteed to grow your business. For information on StaffingU's programs and services, including TeleClasses (live telephone-based classes), Virtual StaffingU (web-based courses), individual and group coaching, on-site training and speaking, and consulting visit or call 866-SU-WORKS (789-6757).