It’s that time of year again, time for parties, holiday cookies–or cleaning up the last of them before tomorrow when it begins–the New Year full of resolutions!
How do you fair in keeping your resolutions? In truth, many of mine are the same this year as last. I accomplished a few, didn’t on some others.
I just read an article on things people do to keep their resolutions. As business people, it’s important to work on the goals we have for our businesses, so here are the tips that I thought were most helpful!
- Write it down! Write down your goals and pin them to your bulletin board where you will see them as a daily reminder. Then track your progress by putting milestones into your calendar. Leverage technology to remind you of what you want to accomplish and how you are doing.
- Make it a habit. If you are serious and passionate about your goal, make a habit of it. If it’s to live a healthier lifestyle, keep a food journal or exercise journal. Check off the times you walked, jogged or bit into an apple instead of a candy bar–you’ll see your progress, which encourages more.
- Accountability partners. The phrase, “it takes a village” is true. Whether it’s a diet, exercise or making more sales calls, an accountability partner makes a huge difference, especially if you are working on the same goals. Having a gym partner has made a huge difference for me–like 30 pounds!
- Put a number on it. How many sales calls will you make a day? How much do you want to increase your bottom line this year? How many pounds, how many times will you exercise?
Life is short. I went to the dentist yesterday and the lady who has greeted me there for years looked different. I decided she’s lost a lot of weight, so I commented. She said she’d lost about 100 pounds!
How? “Portion control, and well, in November, my husband died of an aneurysm.”
Speechless for a moment, I asked, “How old was he?”
She commented, “53.”
Let’s make 2016 count. What do you want?
Then do it.