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It’s that time of year again, another new year, aka “the time to set goals.” Why is it, then, that people we all know (maybe you included) fail to achieve new year’s resolutions?
If you're like most of us, you rarely keep your New Year's resolutions. Perhaps you have trouble with them because you make resolutions that are too ambitious. Or maybe you give up because immediate progress is hard to see. Whatever your reason, it's possible to make adjustments in your approach until you get what you want.
For most entrepreneurs, it's even harder. You might be ending last year with things still on your to-do list. A few weeks into January, you'll get sucked into the everyday routine of the many tasks you have to do with your limited time, money and resources. To help change the outcome this year, here are 25 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions.
If you want to keep your New Year's resolutions, you first have to learn to make the kind you can actually follow through on. Make effective resolutions that support you and lead you toward the destiny you desire. Create unstoppable momentum by creating resolutions that lead to small, continuous victories.
Focus on what kinds of changes you really want to make in your business. Do you want to increase your income (by how much exactly)? Do you want to change your focus to a field that you really LOVE (and have a sustainable business while you ramp up)? There are all kinds of things you may want to do, both big and small. In order to get them done, you have to first get started.
Making Realistic Resolutions
If you have a big goal, break it down into smaller, bite sized steps. Saying you want to write five books next year, lose 100 pounds, or get your 4-year degree are goals that are very worthwhile goals. But they're only attainable if you break them down into smaller actions you can accomplish in real life.
Write down the actions you must take to write those books, lose those pounds, or get that degree. What one small action can you take today to move yourself closer to your goal? Take that action, and write down actions you can take each day for the next ten days. When you do, you'll create unstoppable momentum toward the success you deserve.
When you decide what really matters to you and break it down into small chunks that are easy to handle, you keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed. If you still feel overwhelmed, break your resolution down further. The big dream at the finish line will motivate you and the small steps to get there will keep you from getting overwhelmed.
Remember to reward yourself at each small victory. Keep reminding yourself about why you're doing the things you're doing. That way, you'll stay motivated and excited throughout the year to come.