25 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

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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.

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25 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

  1. 1. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 1   WAYS TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS25Byte Sized Tips from Virtuallinda
  2. 2. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 2   A new year brings new possibilities, new choices and new hope for the future. That’s why we tend to think about business changes in the New Year. Here are some tips to help you actually keep the resolutions you make this year...
  3. 3. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 3   1.  Keep It Simple Sweetie. Use the KISS method to ensure that you don’t get carried away by setting a resolution you have no hope of fulfilling. Simplify your resolutions to ensure you can achieve them.
  4. 4. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 4   2. Be choosy. Agreeing to a New Year’s Resolution just because you feel you should is setting yourself up for failure. Instead, choose to change something you really desire to change and your chances for success are much greater.
  5. 5. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 5   3. Be realistic. You may want to lose 25 pounds in a week, but besides being unhealthy, it’s utterly unrealistic. Instead, set realistic expectations for what you can accomplish within the time frame. Use the same approach for your business goals.
  6. 6. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 6   4. Broadcast your plans. Tell friends and family about your New Year’s Resolution, don’t try to keep it to yourself. Letting others know your plans firms up your decision in your own mind and helps you stay accountable.
  7. 7. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 7   5. Educate yourself. Learn how others have successfully made the change you desire. Doing so will help you avoid pitfalls and build realistic expectations.
  8. 8. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 8   6. Avoid the same ol’ resolutions. If you’ve resolved to lose 10 pounds year after year, it may be time to set a different resolution. Instead, resolve to exercise 3x a week. This will accomplish the same results, but it frames your lifestyle change in a different light. Look at your business goals in the same way.
  9. 9. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 9   7. Break your resolution into achievable tasks. Rather than focusing on one huge life-altering change, opt for smaller, more manageable changes that you can track and accomplish more easily.
  10. 10. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 10   8. Create a plan of action. Once you know the steps you need to take to fulfill your resolution, decide what you’ll do first, then do it! Plan each step in advance so you’ll know how to proceed as you reach each small goal.
  11. 11. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 11   9. Don’t expect overnight results. It takes time to develop habits and behaviors, and it can take even longer to change them. Be patient with yourself and expect gradual, rather than immediate, results.
  12. 12. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 12   10. Don’t stress yourself out! Change, even good change, can be stressful. We’re creatures of comfort and stepping out of our comfort zones can create stress and anxiety. Strive to disallow stress from getting the best of you.
  13. 13. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 13   11. Find an accountability partner. It’s important to have someone who will hold you accountable for your actions. Ask a friend or family member or business coach to help you stay on track.
  14. 14. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 14   12. Garner support from others. There are business groups that help Entrepreneurs connect, brainstorm and learn from each other. Search for one in your community or online to help you reach your goals.
  15. 15. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 15   13. Let your enthusiasm show! Look at the changes you’re making as an adventure, rather than drudgery. Get excited about how you’ll feel when you’ve reached your goal. The journey can be as much fun as the destination!
  16. 16. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 16   14. Look at both the pros & cons of your decision. Be prepared for both the positive and negative outcomes of your decision so there are no surprises.
  17. 17. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 17   15. Be prepared for setbacks. There will be days when your good intentions fly out the window and you return to old habits. All is not lost! It’s just like riding a horse: When you fall off, get back up and trudge on.
  18. 18. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 18   16. Prepare in advance. Give your subconscious time to adjust to the change so it doesn’t come as such a shock to your system. You’re more likely to succeed when you prepare in advance.
  19. 19. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 19   17. Reward yourself! Look for ways to reward yourself after every step is reached. It’ll build momentum because you’ll be looking forward to the next reward.
  20. 20. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 20   18. Set a deadline. As with any goal, it’s important to have a timeframe in mind. Give yourself plenty of time to realistically reach your goal, but plan for a specific end date to work toward.
  21. 21. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 21   19. Set a limit. It’s best to work on just one or two resolutions at a time. You’ll be able to focus your efforts without feeling overwhelmed with too much to do. This is especially important with business goals, since distraction = lost income.
  22. 22. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 22   20. Track your progress. This works especially well when you split your resolution into small, manageable tasks. Create a chart of your progress so you can see exactly how far you’ve come with each step you’ve taken.
  23. 23. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 23   21. Use positive self-talk. Tell yourself that you can achieve your goals and that you will succeed regardless of setbacks. When you do this, you’ll begin to both consciously and subconsciously believe in yourself.
  24. 24. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 24   22. Write out your resolutions. Writing your goals and desires on paper has a strong affect on your psyche. It firms up your intentions and helps you focus more clearly. Take the time to write down your goals, step-by-step, to best achieve your resolutions.
  25. 25. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 25   23. Visualize the results. Imagine yourself after you’ve achieve your goal. What do you look like? How do you feel? Spend a few minutes every day visualizing your success and you’ll be amazed at how much quicker and easier your goals will be to accomplish!
  26. 26. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 26   24. Make the choice. You’ve talked about the change. You’ve made the resolution. Now firmly decide that will you stick with it — even when it’s not comfortable or convenient. You can do it if you choose to!
  27. 27. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 27   25. Hang in there. Never give up! The going may, indeed, get tough. You may have discouraging days. You may feel like quitting. But if you’ve made the conscious decision to change, keep plugging away!
  28. 28. ©2014 Virtuallinda Media LLC • www.virtuallinda.comTHE BRAND BUILDER TOOLBOX with Virtuallinda 28   By putting these strategies into practice, your business resolutions will transform into realistic, reachable goals. May your New Year be filled with happiness, and the changes you desire to grow the business of your dreams!
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