What is the first thing everyone does in the New Year? Make resolutions of course! Get in shape, quit smoking, spend less time online. We’ve all made (and sometime broken) resolutions for our personal lives. What about for your business? Have you set goals and made plans for how to improve your business in 2015? Now is the time! Statistics show that when you declare a New Year’s resolution, you are ten times more likely to reach the goals you have set. This is true for your personal growth, and for that of your business. The calendar may show mid January already, but it’s not too late to get started on a path to resolution success!
It is no coincidence that synonyms for the word resolution include: decision, intention, plan, and commitment. Declaring a resolution may seem easy, but in order for it to be a success, there is work involved. Here are some tips for setting New Year’s Resolutions for your business.
Move forward by looking back.
How did you do in 2014? What worked, what didn’t, what do you wish you did more of? Use your statistics from 2014 as benchmarks for what you want to improve in the New Year.
Remember, resolutions are a choice that you make and ensuring success starts with your mindset. Set goals that you truly want to meet or exceed. Don’t worry about what others say you should or shouldn’t do. Be mentally prepared for the work and challenges ahead.
Goals that are vague are more difficult to plan, measure, and achieve. Set clearly defined goals based on what you want to accomplish for your business.
Create a plan.
Outline all of the steps that will be necessary to reach each of your stated goals. Each step should include details such as frequency, time frame, deadlines, and clear measurements to help track your success.
Keep up the good work.
It has been said that it takes up to 66 days to make a new personal habit and working towards a business resolution is no different. Resolutions are hard work. There will be times where your motivation wanes, you backslide into old habits and you are ready to give up. Don’t! Review your plan, learn a lesson, find your motivation and get back on that horse! Persistence pays off.
Ask for support.
Share your goals with others in your business and friends and mentors who support you. Enlist their help in achieving the goals where appropriate and their support and encouragement when the going gets tough.
Celebrate. Repeat.Be sure to acknowledge the milestones along the way. Once you are successful in accomplishing your resolution, celebrate, but don’t stop! Continued success will depend on how well you follow through with your new habits, hard work, and dedication. Need new motivation to keep going? Declare new resolutions! Who says you must wait for January 1st to set new resolutions for success?
The New Year offers a time for review and the opportunity to improve yourself and your business. Setting goals (resolutions) allows you to develop strong plans for the coming year, keep you focused on what is important, and make your business successful.
It’s a New Year! If your resolution is to increase business, we can help. Contact us today to find out how.