“You are either getting better or you are getting worse. You never stay the same.” – Jim Harbaugh

Welcome to 2013 and I thought I would start with a cold, hard quote. It says it all.

If your business or career isn’t getting better  — it’s getting worse. Like I’ve said so many times before, you are either going up or down, your business/career is never flat. Why do I say this?

If you look at your performance, history, or success, look at it as an absolute. You are either going up or down. Many of us get caught in flat-land — where losers go to die. If you live in flat-land long enough, you will either be out of business or out of a job. And that’s a fact.

You don’t have to be crazy about it — but you do need to keep your eye on the ball at regular intervals during the year.

Since it’s the beginning of 2013, take a measure of where you are right now. Look at:

  • Your income/revenue – is it growing? Look back 5-7 years and see where the trend-line is.
  • Your relationships – are you meeting new people? Are you growing your circle of friends?
  • Your knowledge – are you getting smarter? Are you learning more?
  • Your happiness – are you excited to go to work every day? If not, what can you CHANGE?

Because — if it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse.

And you have to start making changes . . . TODAY.