Its that time of year again. The time where you will encounter top 10 lists, countdown lists, and the lists of resolutions you'll need to make in the coming year. The truth is, there is no list that will help define what you should be  doing in the coming year except one.

Resolve to doing something each and every day that brings you one step closer to your goal.

Its very simple. So many of us get caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle, that it takes something to jostle us out of the routine. This is when we see the countdown lists online or tv and say aloud "Gosh, New years already? Where has the past year gone? Its 2010 already?"

Truth is, we should all resolve to look at each day and treat it like its a gift, as if its the last one. Do you want to look back and see that the last 12 months of your life have been wasted?

These thoughts aren't just reserved for the philosophical folks. They also apply to your online business and will allow you to keep your vision focused.

First, ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Where were you a year ago?
  2. Where are you now?
  3. What were you able to accomplish in the last year?
  4. What did you not accomplish?
  5. What do you wish to accomplish in the upcoming year?

As you sit there and try and think back on the past 365 days, imagine if you only had to do this for the last 30 days. As you can see, its a lot easier to lose focus when you're only looking at the upcoming year. I suggest you look at the year in 12 monthly blocks. Planning ahead for the next month allows you to take stock of what you didn't accomplish and adjust accordingly.

Create a 3 - 6 - and 12 month plan of where you'd like to be on a professional and personal level.

Each month, sit down and take a look at the best sellers not just in your store, but across your product line. A great place to see this information is Amazon.com. My personal recommendation is to do this on a weekly level. If you can see what people are buying up, then you know how to adjust your featured products and your marketing.

Each month, see what opportunities you missed and how you can correct this in the following month.

And above all else, appreciate the time you've been given and  resolve to live each day to its fullest.

Happy New Year