I’ll pass on something today I learned from one of my greatest mentors in business and success, Robert Ringer. These days he’s become a political pundit but back in the day he wrote about business success…and his stuff was gold. This tidbit today has the potential to be life-changing if you understand it and put it into practice.
The absolute best time of the year to accomplish your business, career, or financial goals is between January 2nd and May 31st.
Because in order to do business, you need to be communicating with other people, and January through May is the only long stretch of time when people are “around”. There are no major vacations during this time frame. Yeah, there’s spring break, but that doesn’t compare to the dead zone that holidays like Christmas creates.
Go back over your life and think about it. Ever had trouble getting a hold of people and/or getting them to focus on work during the summer? Hell, I have. It sucks. During the summer everyone is out on vacation or with their kids or camping or at the beach or whatever. I’m not saying you can’t get business done in the summer, I’m just saying it’s tougher.
After summer you have a little spurt of time to get work done between Labor Day (early September) and Halloween, then starting in early November people start to float again for the holidays. It’s hit or miss until the day after New Years when people finally get back to work.
I call this five-month period between January and May “Go Time”. You need to make the most of it. A lot of you have probably set goals for the new year, and that’s great. Now it’s time to stop fantasizing, put your head down, and WORK, and work HARD until June 1st when you can relax a little and proudly look on all you’ve accomplished during Go Time.
Don’t fart around for the next few months and then start focusing on your career / business goals around March or April, only to get stymied a month or two later when everyone goes on vacation. I’ve done this a few times before and it was bad.
I always visualize January 2nd as a giant starter pistol going off, signaling Go Time has begun and I now have five short months to push the envelope to accomplish my financial goals. I’m going to be working very hard over the next few months and I hope you will too.
New Years was great. Now it’s done. Get to work.