Today marks the last day of 2014. There have been 364 days leading up to today. Resolutions are about dreams coming to fruition. If there’s something I want to do, or accomplish, I set goals and plan ahead. Let’s take this opportunity to work together as we go through some tips to make next year even better than the last.
Let’s make our New Year’s Resolutions Count!
Nothing kills a good resolution without a resolve to stick with it! Don’t overburden yourself. Trying to take on too much too quickly will only make it easier to revert back to bad behavior. Whether it’s going to the gym twice a week, reaching 100 customers, traveling, expanding your network, launching your line, or hosting an event. Just make sure that whatever resolution(s) you choose, that they progress you toward a bigger goal.
Stick to Realism
That does not mean don’t reach for your dreams. Just know that it may not happen in a month, and that is OK. You may not even accomplish it by next year. That is also OK. Resolutions are to help break bad habits, and get you one step closer to the person you want to be.
Write them down
Seriously. Write them down and pin it everywhere. Around your home, your office, on your desktop, make them noticeable and let them be a constant reminder of your goals. Let your resolutions guide you each day.
Plan it out
You’ve picked what you want to accomplish this year, now we need a game plan. How are you going to reach 100 (or even 1,000) clients? How are you going to get to the gym twice a week? What steps do you need to take to make it happen?
Spend 20-30 minutes planning out how you will achieve successful resolutions. It could be finally writing out a new business plan. Concentrating on your online marketing. Getting into contact with a retail buyer. There may only be a couple of steps, or dozens. But, knowing the steps will make it easier to achieve your end goal.
Give Yourself a Timeline
Do you want to go to the gym twice a week? What is your recompense for missing a day? What is your incentive to successfully get to the gym twice in one week? It may seem silly, but getting a reward for your hard work is exciting!
Resolutions needs timelines, otherwise, they fall into the danger of going one of two ways. The good way would be for it to become a habit. The bad way would be that it feel inconvenient and you stop doing it. Whatever the case, you want to be successful, you want your goals to be realized. By giving yourself a timeline, you give incentive to work harder, to finish early.
Don’t fret, while it is undesirable to miss your deadline, it doesn’t mean your hard work was for none. Reevaluate your resolutions and the steps that you took to get there. Did you miss something? Was your timeline unrealistic? Are there other steps that you may need to take to reach your destination? If it was important, is it still important? Have you reaped any benefits yet? If so, go back and readjust. You can (and will) do it!
Make it successful!
Whatever your resolutions may be, wherever it is that you would like to go; from a couple pant sizes to expanding your business. Let’s say goodbye 2014. May the lessons we have learned guide us through an exciting and inspiring New Year.