5 Things To Do Right Now That Will Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet

By: Darcy Juarez on: December 31st, 2013 21 Comments

This time next year you can be celebrating the fact that you’ve achieved your biggest goals of the year…

Or… if you don’t plan right, you can be vowing that you will not do the same thing and that next year will be different.

To avoid spending next New Year’s Eve wishing you’d achieved more, here are five things you can do to get ready for 2014.

1) Make a list of big goals you want to achieve. Take no more than ten minutes to list the biggest things you want to achieve in 2014. Write these in the simplest terms and make it personal, positive and in the present tense. For example, “I will earn (insert target income goal) by December 31, 2014.”

2) Take time to define your “why.” In Dan Kennedy’s recent article, THE Single Biggest Difference Between Successful People And ‘The Mediocre Majority,’ Dan points out that youhave to find your real purpose for doing what you do. This is the big emotional reason that you continue to persevere.  Your sense of purpose.  The “why” behind what you do that goes beyond money.  For example, a business owner might want to automate his business to save time and make more money, but his emotional “why” may be that his parents are getting older and he wants to make sure he has the time and availability to care for them should they need his help.

3) Review your marketing successes and failures from 2013. It’s easier to develop a better, more successful marketing plan when you can build on your successes and learn from your failures. Use Dave Dee’s quick and easy guide for reviewing your marketing in his article 8 Steps To Making More Money in 2013.

4) Mark time in your calendar to work on your business. It’s easy to get so caught up in our day to day responsibilities of running our business, that our marketing suffers. Block out time on your calendar now for the entire year that will be devoted to working on your business. (Tweet this!) One of your GKIC Member benefits is our FREE Fast Implementation Bootcamp which offers you a chance to do just that—along with coaching and feedback from Dave Dee and me at the event. We offer this event four times a year. Mark one down on your calendar now.

You’ll also want to schedule regular time each week when you can review your marketing results, plan for upcoming campaigns and develop your marketing.

5) Enlist the help of an experienced mentor and/or coach. In Dave Dee’s article, Why Outliers: Story of Success, Got It Wrong, several success experts including psychologist Anders Ericsson, author of Psycho-Cybernetics Dr. Maltz and Dan Kennedy all agree that you need “corrective feedback” to eliminate “expensive experience” that is causing you to repeat mistakes. An experienced mentor will help you identify where you can improve, refine your process and help you focus on correctly doing what you need to do to succeed. Plus they will hold you accountable, keeping you on track and moving forward.

Today’s list will help you set yourself up for success in the New Year. Check out  Dave Dee’s post that gives you five things you can do that are specifically focused on helping you increase your income in 2014.

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Darcy Juarez has created marketing systems in the direct response and information marketing world that have gained national attention. As the Director of Marketing for GKIC , Darcy has taught thousands of business owners her step-by-step strategies for creating their own success and obtaining more time and more profits. For more money-making marketing tips, tactics and strategies, go to www.GKIC.com

21 Responses

  1. Bankole Olajiga says:

    I’m hoping you can help with my marketing as well as a better retention level for my business. I’m into brand merchadising ( we make customised products for our clients business.)
    I feel you can be of great help in 2014.

  2. Jason Clegg says:

    Excellent post, Darcy! This is the perfect time of year to reflect on our past success & failures from 2013, while looking ahead at all we want to achieve and master in 2014.

    I’ll be sure to read that article by Dan that you referenced above. Dan definitely has a way of identifying *key concepts* that really matter.

    Thanks for sharing this great post!

    -Jason Clegg

  3. Gary Riccio says:

    1. Develop a successful marketing plan for my business (never created one in 17 years of business so I am excited about this opportunity) and take action on implementing it.
    2. Complete the steps necessary to get my new company shares free-trading on the stock market (we have been rejected four times by the SEC, so far).
    3. Generate enough income so that I can focus on becoming an expert on marketing my business and, at the same time, providing me the opportunity to focus on what I enjoy about my work which is creating medicines that save or extend people’s lives.

  4. Steve says:

    I am ready to pull my info products together, but still need help identifying and locating the best market.

    • Mike Stodola Admin says:

      Steve, come to a FREE bootcamp and you’ll leave not only knowing who your ideal market is, but having some of the marketing done!

  5. Kevin Carter says:

    My goals:
    – to continue to connect with the movers, shakers and mentors in the marketing world.
    – quickly and relentlessly move from concept to implementation, fighting distraction

  6. I’m not sure how you can help me. I am 61 years old and have had a cleaning and restoration business now for 27years. We do approx. 1 million per year and have done that for 8 years now and just can’t seem to grow. We do postcards and newsletters and tried everydoor direct mail to no avail. I have lost some of my desire to continue and try to grow the bus. and everything now seems to be different with all the new technology that I have not kept up with. Many years ago in the late nineties I hooked up with Joe Polish and Dan and they helped me grow the bus. at that time but I don’t want to waste your time, my time or my money if you don’t think that this is the type of small bus. that you can help. I don’t sell over the internet to the world I am just a small local service co. that works a tri county area and has been steadily losing bus. to new younger cleaners who are both tech savvy and also willing to work quite a bit cheaper.

    • Denis says:

      Hi Richard,

      I jst saw your post and want to say congrats for being in business so long and even in the tough economy holding your own the last few years.

      While I’m not a fan of facebook myself and I’m sure you’re not either, it seems to me that ruuning facebook ads could be a good option fo you to try. Most of your customers (women in homes – probably a particular age profile and in your locality) could have ads displayed only to them, and even only on days or times when they are most likely to be interested. They can be tested and tweaked and when you find the right ad that works, then you can market more on that.
      However, dont just try it without being very targeted – similar to all Dan’s teachings.
      hope that helps,

  7. David Hunter says:

    Number 2 is huge. The “why” is the real motivating factor of all.

  8. Barbara J says:

    Darcy, thanks so much for the five tips to implement Now. They,each, of them, are so important to success. I will be seeking a mentor and/or coach this upcoming year;I know that’s what I need.
    Thanks again for the very valuable and doable action steps.
    Barbara J Henry

  9. Rick Ciampa says:

    Definitely celebrating this year and looking to shift toward even bigger goals for 2014.

    A quick note on #2… “Why” is an I credibly motivating concept. Be certain to use the concept of “reason why” when selling to your clients. From price to fulfillment, nothing lowers resistance better than telling them the reason “why.”

    Enioy your best business year ever in 2014! Why? Because now that you’ve found GKIC and Dan Kennedy’s treasure trove of actionable marketing solutions, you simply can!

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  11. Caleb says:

    My business is closed down and in debt. How can you help me revive it and settle my debts.
    I am into importation and distribution of Electronics goods in Ghana

  12. Akporobaro O says:

    I don’t know how you can link me up with a reputatable online affiliate marketing company that has a better structure to help their affiliate succeed in helping them promoting their business. And also too have a great commission payment in return.

    I need an affiliate company that that accept Nigerians. And well configured link that need no one to bothered oneself with a personal site.

  13. Rhonda says:

    The best thing I did in 2012-13 was to find mentors and coaches, one in each field. They have helped me so much I don’t know how to thank them. Last year one of my goals was to learn as much as possible about content marketing and tackling WordPress. Now I’m ready for new beginnings!

  14. Angela Bowes says:

    crafting a good marketing message offline, I have already started using swipe & deploy on a new site and using Aweber to follow up with my customers and get a grip on what is going on.
    Last year was a disaster and this year is very much in its infancy, so getting to grips with using the right words, and connecting to get a good message.

  15. sina lajorin says:

    I started business as an executive coach in June 2012 with the intention of online marketing and delivery of my services. However, rather than focusing on this I started taking ad hoc training jobs for physical delivery at very cheap rates. My intention is to get back on track but I am constrained financially to engage a coach fully nor pay for a typical online support to run the sales process. I have a functioning website as well as a few written products, yet to be developed into electronic marketing formats.Kindly advice.

  16. For me it’s becoming more aware of who my potential customers are and creating marketing strategies that suit my brand..
    I have just hired a marketing coach and am creating a new brand and products.
    My business is life coaching and awareness facilitation and energy healer, I desire an online presence as I am building products, coaching courses, e-book etc online so I can reach more people.

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