The Results Are In: 81% of Businesses Expect Growth in 2018

There’s reason to be optimistic about the economic outlook for the new year. In December, we asked our readers about their business performance predictions for 2018, and according to the results, the vast majority of respondents predict growth in 2018!

Of those who participated in the poll, 23% say they will see “exponential” growth and 58% plan on “moderate” growth. Only 2% of businesses predict a decrease in business volume—a 4% decrease over 2017’s predictions.

These results continue a positive trend that has been observed over the past three years of our business performance predictions poll.

Resolutions for success
Just as the new year brings a fresh opportunity to put your business on the path to success, many people also use it as a jumping off point to focus on their personal goals. Setting New Year’s resolutions is a time-honored tradition. However, despite the best of intentions, many people find themselves falling behind on their progress within a few months.

Here are a few quick tips from a past Refresh Leadership article that may help you put a strong action plan in place to meet your 2018 goals.

  • Use S.M.A.R.T. techniques
    “The most important method of making resolutions that stick is using the S.M.A.R.T. goal-making template. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.”
  • Make the resolution for yourself, not others
    “One problem many have with regard to career advancement and personal growth is that they measure themselves against others’ success. If you’re always looking at someone else’s career, you’ll never truly make it to where you want to be on your own.”
  • Enlist a friend for moral support
    “Sometimes the hardest aspect of achieving goals is trying to do it on your own. You can always find reasons to not do something, avoid staying late to work on a project, or skip that career-development book.”

Check out the full article for more inspiration.

How will you keep your team accountable to meet 2018 business performance goals? How will you hold yourself accountable to meet your personal 2018 goals? Let us know in the comments section below.

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