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At the beginning of every new year, you may have the best of intentions to set a resolution for your business and stick to it for the remainder of the year.
While inherently this is sage advice to follow, life gets in the way, and you may start to backslide on the promises that you meant to keep.
Only 8% of individuals typically keep their New Year’s resolutions throughout the year. With such a low number of people actually following through on these resolutions, you may be hard-pressed to stick to the ones you made for your business in 2018.
Below, 14 key tricks to sticking to a new-year resolution year-round, whether it’s by breaking it into smaller benchmarks, setting more realistic goals or getting more people on board to help.
- Take Daily Action
Align your daily actions with your 2018 goals. Write down three key goals. Write the three strategies you will use to achieve those goals. Each week, schedule the activities you will do to move toward those goals. When you prioritize your thinking and schedule your time to focus on your goals, you will achieve them with ease and confidence, long before the end of 2018.
- Start Small
Setting a lofty goal seems awesome, but the reality is, large goals can feel overwhelming. To avoid this, simply break your goal into smaller pieces. Outline small goals that can be reached in 30-90 days and include only those items that will help you reach your larger overall goal. When you break a large goal into manageable pieces, you’ll stay focused, accomplish more and increase your success! .
- Tell As Many People As You Can
Want the “true secret” to accomplishing your new-year resolution? Tell as many people as you can about it so that the next time they run into to you, they will ask you about how you are doing. Don’t believe me? Try it. Why does this work? For one, you, yourself will challenge what you really want to commit to. Two, resolutions “kept to yourself” are optional since they are private.
- Don’t Call It A New-Year Resolution
After indulging during the holidays, we guilt or punish ourselves to start afresh in the new year. The pressure takes hold and we fail straight out of the gate. About 50%, if not more, fail. Instead, work up to the new behavior or habit you want to create, and just keep doing it. Take the pressure off and start on another date so you can own it and live on your terms — not just a new-year date.
- Set Realistic Goals
One of the biggest mistakes we make when it comes to setting (and not achieving) a resolution is we set unrealistic goals. For example, if my goal is to write a book then it’s important to have a plan or strategy. For example, create an outline, write 2,500 words per day, etc. When we take the time to make it more manageable, it makes the process more enjoyable and we get better results.
Source : Forbes