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04.01.2013What's In Store For 2013?

I can't believe it's already 2013!

Judy Owen, Forbes.com

I can’t believe it’s already 2013! Opportunity Works is in our second year of operation and we still have so far to go. I thought today would be a good day to write about what I need to do in the next 12 months. Luckily my amazing advisory committee gave me a head start in this department. Unlike the first time I ever wrote down any goals, I’ve decided to go all out for accountability and post my top 5 goals for the year here for the world to see.

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  1. Double our number of people working or placed in permanent jobs. This is our mission, to get people with disabilities employed, so this needs to be on the top of our list at all times. The other goals that follow will always feed this one and hopefully bring Jim’s and my vision alive.
  2. Hire someone with experience managing a staffing office. This has been a struggle for us and it is so important that we get this done and get it done right. This is one of the goals from my advisory committee. While not discussed, I believe this infers I must also have office space. This goals feeds nicely to goal 3.
  3. Find an investor or two. I finally have some regular revenue coming in, but I’m going to have to start paying myself a little something here soon. I can’t afford to pay myself and someone else… yet. I hope to raise enough capital to hire some talent and lease some space.  We have no debt and have a little cash in the bank. We don’t need to raise much, so this should be achievable.
  4. Hit $1 million in revenue. This is the goal that’s really hard for me to put out here. It seems so far-fetched. At the same time, as of January 3, 2013 we have some good contracts in place and a number of new deals in the works. I realize not all of these deals “in the works” will materialize, but many of them will and the velocity of activity has been on a steady increase. So, there it is: a revenue goal.
  5. Give 12 educational seminars to companies about the benefits of disability in the work place. This is another goal set forth by my advisory committee. Get out and preach the gospel of the benefits of including disability in the workplace. I had some of these meetings shortly following my advisory call, but then it fell of the radar as I got bogged down in other operations. I think I should just ensure I do one of these every month to make sure it becomes part of my routine but doesn’t distract me from the other activities.

I was telling a friend of mine just this morning how important it is to write down your goals. The first time I ever did this, it was under duress. I was in my mid-twenties and somewhat reluctantly went to a networking meeting with a friend. The facilitator told everyone to write down ten goals for the year. I only did this because it would have been rude to just sit there.

I wrote down some things I thought were completely outlandish and shared them with absolutely no one. Just over a year later I came across that scribbled piece of paper and low and behold I had achieved eight of the ten goals. I couldn’t believe it. I wrote the most out-of-reach things I could have thought of like increase my salary by 50%, run a marathon (never having run more than 5 miles at that point) and move half way across the country. So, now I always write down goals. In 2013, I have achieved a first, my goals written here on Forbes website for anyone to call me on, a whole new level of accountability!

What are you going to achieve this year?

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