If you typically make new years resolutions, that is a good thing even if you don’t necessarily stick to them. According to a leading authority on change, 40-45% of Americans make one or more resolutions per year. And, the process of making resolutions makes you 10 times more likely to achieve your goals! This is great news for those of you that long to make a big changes in your business – you may be getting closer to that change just by making a resolution about it.
The most successful resolutions are specific, somewhat small and realistically achievable. If you want to be a billionaire by next week, well… we wish you luck. If, however, you want to grow your business or work less, you can rephrase your goals to be “I’d like to increase revenues for my business 20% by the end of the year, and I will implement a new marketing plan to do so.” or, “I will no longer work on the weekends and I will stop working one hour before quitting time to take a look at my priorities for the next day.”
A good starting point in making goals is to begin by looking at your top priorities in life. For example, if “time with the family” is one of your top priorities in life, but you are working 80 hours a week, setting a measurable and achievable goal for that area of your life makes sense. If you wait for there to be a day where you are “finished and can go home early” it is never going to happen. But, if you know that your goal is to leave by 5:00 each day and that you will have to make sacrifices for that you will be more likely to follow through.
We wish you luck and success in making and keeping your New Years resolutions! To help you get started on your goals, you can download our FREE 2006 New Year’s planner.