2011 – A Year of Opportunities

As we start a new year I wonder what the year’s going to be like. This year could hold a number of changes for me, a contract I’ve been working on for the past 12 years could be coming to an end. Although this will mean a big change I’m okay with it, because I know it will open up other opportunities. I have until the end of March to prepare for any change. One thing I’ve learned over the years if you’re willing to work and learn things have a way of working out.

When my wife and I decided to close our 1st business neither one of us had a job and we had debt from the business we needed to pay. The day we closed the store a friend asked if I was interested in working for him. A year later I started working part-time for the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre’s Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, which eventually became full-time. I had applied for a different position but I was offered this instead, which was a better suited for me.

So as I look forward to this year I don’t know what will happen but I’m excited about the possibilities that lay ahead. If you’ve been in business for awhile you know change is inevitable, you learn to expect it and manage it. As an entrepreneurs you know that if something needs to change it’s up to you make it happen. You don’t wait hoping things will just improve on their own. You have the self-discipline and motivation to do whatever needs to be done.

So as I plan for this year I’m anticipating a change where I can work more from home. I enjoy the work I do so being motivated to work is not a problem. I’m actually more productive because there are fewer interruptions.

As you start the New Year are you excited about the possibilities for your business? We are fortunate to live in a country where there are so many opportunities. With careful planning you could make this your best year yet. Here a few suggestions to get you started:

• Have a clear vision of what you want your business to look liked at the end of the year.

• Set realistic goals that are specific and measurable.

• Anticipate change and develop a strategy to manage it.

• Identify what and who you need to reach your goals.

• Share your vision with those that will help you achieve your vision.

• Work on your goals every day.

• Learn something new every day.

• Find a mentor who will guide you and encourage you when things become difficult.

I’m very fortunate to have the encouragement and support of my wife for whatever I decide to do this year. I’m looking forward to see what’s going happen. I hope you’re excited about 2011 and you have someone in your corner cheering you on.

Don Terry

Business Counsellor

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[http://www.entrepreneurswithdisabilities.com]

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