Sometime we see ourselves straying from our promises to self about hitting the gym each day or avoiding the mac’n’cheese (my personal weakness). It probably makes you feel like you’re failing, but there is no reason for self-flagellating.
Instead, you should step away from the major life overhauls, and pick smaller wins and goals that are much more likely to work for you.
1. Make gradual changes. There is no reason to give up everything cold turkey; instead slowly implement your goal in small chunks. For example, if you want to cut back on Alcohol, you don’t have to go dry in a day. Instead cut back each week little by little, and you’ll be able to see the fruits of your efforts rather than be dissuaded by one mis-step.
What does this mean for your business? It means on January 1st (or 2nd), you should take a look at your business and see what changes you’d like to make. Then, instead of deciding to overhaul an entire process in a week, break down that plan into a number of steps that you can see the results from. Let your successes also be your motivations.
2. Forgive yourself. Change isn’t easy. Your willpower will ebb and flow as you try to make changes. Use moments when you have your highest willpower to set yourself up for success, even is your resolve weakens. These can be easy things, leaving your gym clothes out the night before, keeping a list by your desk of your highest priorities, or making sure it’s easy to grab a healthy snack. This doesn’t mean that if you make one mistake that you should give up, it just means that the next minute, hour, or day, you get back to your plan.
What does this mean for your business? Plan ahead, when you have a full steam of motivation, make a list of all the steps you need to take to reach your goal. Then set a time for reaching each goal. Hopefully you reach your deadline, but even if you do not. Just adjust your timeline a little bit and stay on the same path. Forgiving yourself for getting a little bit behind will bolster your success 100% more than giving up at the first wrinkle you encounter along your way.
3. Boost your career and become more financially stable. These two goals go hand in hand. Start by making an actual and real budget (yes, this is scary, but it will go a long way in setting priorities for your life and business). Secondly, look at your career and decide one thing you will do to succeed more in your career.
What does this mean for your business? First, you need to know your company’s budget and your personal budget so you can make wise decisions about allocating your finances to responsibilities at home and meeting the bottom line at work (use a financial planner or a budgeting tool you can download off the internet, then stick to it!). Second, look at your career/business think of two steps you can take to make it grow. Start with step one (maybe even break it down into sub-steps), and see if that plan helped your career grow. If your career grew, then pat yourself of the back, and start implementing step two. If, however, the first plan didn’t meet your success goals, go back to the drawing board, and see if you need to make some changes or adjustments to make an adjustment two step one (or learn a lesson from step one, that it’s just not the step for you).
Whatever you do, don’t give up. Each of these Resolutions for your business can’t last for a few days and be tossed out the window. You need to follow through, and avoid drifting back into old habits and routines that weren’t working for you.
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Author: Aimee Haynes
I motivate, I blog, I listen, I give advice, I help, I create, I work with others, I stand my ground when needed, and I am always open to new ideas. In addition to the qualities that define me most, I'm also a Corporate Law attorney working with entrepreneurs, creatives, and small businesses to help them achieve success.