Santa Claus is coming to town and December is without question (in my mind) the most unproductive month for business owners across the US and beyond. I don’t have any research to back that up; I just feel that’s the case. Oh, sure, March madness can give offices a run for the money or, well, you get the idea. Not as much gets done in December as it could and should and that’s my great idea for the week.

With the holidays upon us, now is a time to reflect on the year gone by and ponder the upcoming year. If you use December effectively, you can use it to put a plan in place to make 2011 way better than it could be otherwise. Planning means taking some time to yourself and thinking about what you want out of your business. What do you think sales can be? Be realistic. What can profits be? Be realistic. Who are some new clients you want? Where are they? How can you meet them? What are your marketing efforts going to consist of? How much are you going to spend? Listen, I could go on for days. Here’s the deal—ALL PLANNING IS GOOD!

The mere act of sitting down in a quiet place thinking about your future is the best use of your time and December is a great time to do that. Don’t let December slip away; don’t get in a rut; now is the time to work hard, get focused and put a plan in place to make 2011 GREAT, not just good.

I can help you do this in many ways. I offer coaching and consulting and I have an incredible learning opportunity for you coming up in a little over 60 days. It’s my annual conference GROW! 2011. Sign up by clicking here. I am teaming up with the very talented Joe Calloway ( Look, I’m going to insult you. YOU’RE A FOOL IF YOU DON’T COME TO THIS EVENT!

What Joe and I have planned for you and for what it costs, there is no better investment you’ll ever make in your business. Just trust me and sign up. Or by all means, call my office at 1.866.Grunder and ask for me; while I am on the road a lot, Nancy will find me and I will call you back personally and answer any and all questions. Or we’ll give you some past attendees to talk to and let them tell you what my teaching has done for them. Isn’t it time you quit using the winter to sit around and feel sorry for yourself and not do much of anything? Make this winter the one you set yourself up to win!

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