Welcome to another new year! In 2017, are you returning to school?
Over the coming weeks, many apprentice human beings will be getting ready to embark on their education journey whilst the older kids will “dread” the return to school.
How do you view the coming year? Is 2017 your return to school or is it “just” more of the same?
Over the past decades, we’ve seen many businesses where the plan for the new year consisted of “last year plus 5%”. Is that you?
Why not change your view and your approach?
There are some absolutely fantastic new platforms available now which make it incredibly easy for people to access useful and timely information relating to their business. Are you using it or do you have access to this? If not, why not? By having the information more readily available, you are better placed to use it to make far better decisions and inform your analysis with more meaningful and timely data.
Couple this with the seamless integration with some really sexy cashflow and profit modelling tools and you have the capacity to radically change how you have used your financial information to what you’ve been doing in the past. We’ve been using some of the platforms for quite some time now and they are amazing.
I don’t know about you, but I was always more excited about getting ready to go to school than I was actually returning. All the new books, the new uniform stuff and new pens and stationery – all prepared for another year of learning. Have you prepared yourself for the new year or are you just dusting off the same old stuff you’ve been using for years?
There is one thing that I have found out over the years – the better prepared you are, the more likely it is that you will succeed. So have you prepared to return to school?
One thing about this aspect of launching into the new year is having your mind open to learning and developing new skills and greater understanding. You knew when you went back to school that you were going to expand on your knowledge and be challenged to try new and different things. What would happen if you adopted this approach – consciously – this year?
Your “First Day”
Remember the first day back at school? There were new kids in class. There was a new timetable. There were new teachers for different subjects. There was greater expectation placed on you. There were different lockers. There were different sports teams and times. But you adapted and made good. And you got through.
How did you approach your first day back this year? Was it with anticipation? Was it with excitement? Or was it with a sense of resignation and “ho-hum”?
What would happen if you were to recast and re-run your first day again this year? What would you change about your approach and your view?
Don’t we just love the media? Lots of stories about Trump, Brexit and the like. Depending on which media you consume, it’s either absolutely terrible or fantastic. The environment for 2017 is certainly going to be different to 2016. And that’s a good thing.
Using your new-found ability to access useful information from your financials, your preparedness to expand your horizons and your re-jigged approach to your first day, you will be in a far better mindset to position yourself to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise this year [Hint: they are always there].
If I can ask you to do one thing this year – spend the time to have more interaction with people face-to-face. Don’t do it two dimensionally (on a computer), make it personal. People appreciate it so much more and you’ll feel better doing it. Diverting off a bit here – it seems that the more connected the world gets, the less true connections you have in your life. Make the effort – you will be glad you did!
2017 is upon us – are you returning to school?
MTA has a range of services that can assist you and your business return to school really well. From financial reporting and analysis through to helping you identify and exploit the opportunities that abound, we can help you make this your best year yet. To find out more, give us a call – we’d love to meet up and discuss your needs.