As 2016 ends and we all make our New Year’s resolutions, all you budding entrepreneurs out there must be reflecting on how to grow the business in the coming year. And for aspiring entrepreneurs, the overarching thought is how do I pick up that brush and paint.

Well its a good time to reflect and 1st of January is a great time to start afresh. It may or may not be true that what you do on the first day of the year reflects on your entire year, but why not start the year by thinking big?!

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Here’s what you can do:

1. Step out of your comfort zone

If you step out of your comfort zone, you will push yourself to handle situations which you may not have otherwise. Whether this means being more proactive at work, or doing something you wouldn’t have thought of doing before, pushing yourself will increase your confidence in your own abilities.

2.  Know How to Set Goals

It is important to set realistic but ambitious goals. If you are just starting your business, and want to increase customers, go about thinking about it rationally, instead of ascribing a ridiculously high number which you will never reach.

3. Get Comfortable with the Idea of Risk

No risk, no reward. This is very true. Often the higher the risk, the higher the reward. Think about how you can take calculated risks and go for it! The more you go round in circles, the less it is that will happen.

4. Find a Mentor

The best learn from the best. Find yourself a mentor who is accessible to you and who you admire. This can be your aunt, your friend, anyone you know who has skills that you think you can learn from. And make sure that you have some concrete things to say every time you meet your mentor. Show them you have made moves, and have taken their advice!

5. Create a Roadmap

Want to start a new business, launch a new product. Well plan it out. What is the first thing you need to do? How will you do it? Creating a road map of tasks can help you feel like you’re not just jumping into the deep end. It can also keep you focussed.

6. Meet Different People

This can be so much fun. Find out about networking events in your city. Join groups and go to meetups where you know you can find like-minded people. Or use social media and start a group. Even small groups centered around common interests, can provide you with close friends, and great ideas!

7. Bullish or Bearish?

Why not try and be bullish? It is hard to maintain a positive outlook sometimes, especially when dinner party conversations can veer towards cynicism. But negativity breeds negativity. And if you are are positive, then your state of mind will energise you to take those big leaps.

8. Imagination

Remember when you were a child and you used to play pretend games?

Well it doesn’t hurt to imagine what you would do if you had unlimited resources, people and time. What is the first thing that comes to your head?

Would you want to build a school, would you want to build a fashion label? Well now you know what direction your goals should lie in, so take steps with the resources you do have and work on something that brings you closer to your ultimate dream.

9. Be Helpful

Thinking big without thinking big for others will leave you empty-handed. By being helpful and uplifting those around you will make you a happier and more positive person. Help those in the way you would like to be helped!

10. Complaining Won’t Help

If you get into the habit of complaining, you will never get anything done. You will be too busy blaming the world and never take action to rectify your situation. So the next time you find yourself composing a whiney text to your significant other, stop yourself. They probably don’t want to hear it and neither do you!

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11. Remind Yourself of the Ideal You

Who do you want to be in five years or even ten. And to become the new you what do you need to work on? Do you want to be a morning person? Well what can you do to start? Think about who you want to be and remind yourself every time you do something that will take you away from that path!

12. Never Give Up!

This is key! There will be rose-tinted days which seem perfect, and then there will be days in which every single thing that could go wrong, will. But it is on those days that you have to find your strength and conviction. Power through the bad days, and you will get many many more good days as your reward.

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