Many people always look forward to the prospects of the New Year – it almost seems like a restart button on life. With that being said, the idea of the New Year’s resolution is popular. Almost everyone makes resolutions: promising to work hard for that beach-ready body they’ve always wanted or to help their communities. If one can start a resolution to have better health, why can’t one start a resolution for a better business? We may already be a month into the New Year, but it is never too late to start!
To begin on the road to resolution, you should write down and outline a plan. Gray Poehler, a contributor to the Richmond Times-Dispatch says that “Writing down your goals and how you intend to accomplish them will create a road map to success.
Though you may be well-rested and ready to take on your goals, the hardest part of having a New Year’s resolution is sticking to it. Dorie Clark, a contributor to Forbes, outlines an impressive list on “How to Make Your Business Resolutions Stick.”
Clark’s first piece of advice is to schedule your resolution. The business world is fast-paced, but it is important to know when you want to achieve your goals. Instead of writing “Sign 10 new clients,” on that planner, write “Sign 10 new clients by next month.”
The second piece of advice is to “create a posse.” The important part of this bullet point is to understand and identify relationships with people ( co-workers, friends, family ) who are going to boost, energize, and support your resolution goals and those who may hinder them. Being a strong independent person is great, but it always helps to have that certain group of people that can help you stay focused and determined if you happen to run into some bumps in the road.
Clark also says that it is important to “embrace small victories.” All of your large-scale business resolutions may not be easy to obtain, so it is important to learn how to celebrate and be proud of smaller goals you’ve accomplished. Treating yourself to the latest electronic gadget or even a small tub of your favorite flavor of ice cream (though that could deter your aim for a slimmer figure,) it never hurts to treat yourself once in a while.
Celebrating small victories, having a great group of friends, and planning ahead are all significant parts of a business resolution. However the biggest and most important part of following through is never giving-up. That determination and hard work is what got your business started right? Don’t let that feeling dissipate. Continue to move forward on the road to resolution until you reach your destination: a better business and a better you.