30 Dec 5 tips to stick to your New Year’s resolutions
I don’t know about you but I like to make New Year’s resolutions.
I like it so much, it’s a great time to think about new ways to improve myself, my life or my business, and highly motivating. I believe personal growth is extremely important, but also exciting and so rewarding.
I’ve always made New Year’s resolutions but in the past, I haven’t always been able to stick to them.
But now I’m going to improve; I’ve been given great advice by my coach, and I’ve been reading and building on my experiences, and I’ve eventually found my 5 top tips to help me stick to my resolutions, taking one step at a time to reach my goals. I’d like to share them with you so that we can both have a great start to the New Year.
So here they are. I think all of them are equally important; they can be applied both to your business, and with a little adjustment, to your personal life as well.
- take action
- get rid of naysayers
If you don’t have a plan, you will go around in circles without getting very far. You need a plan, a strategy. It can be a simple one, we don’t need rocket science, but how will you get there if you don’t know exactly where you want to go? It’s like a road map, and it helps if you have landmarks along the way.
I know there are too many distractions; we can easily fall victim to the “shiny object syndrome” and this can take our attention away from our main goal. We need to find a way to stay focused. We need to consider things one step at a time, and very importantly, we must keep our eyes on our own goals, we need to stay on track. A great solution can be to find an accountability partner. It can be your coach, your spouse, your VA, anyone… someone who will remind you what your goals are and which steps you need to take to reach them.
It’s very easy to make lists of resolutions, read as much information as possible, learn new skills, take all sorts of training classes – but if we don’t take action, it will have been useless, so, as they say, “Just do it!”
I tend to be a perfectionist. For a long time this has kept me stuck, unable to move, waiting for the perfect moment. Now I know that “perfect” is not possible, and “done” is better than perfect. There are so many things to be done, but you should concentrate on what you do best. And if there are time-consuming tasks, or things that require different skills from the ones you possess, you need to learn to ask for help. This means you can save precious time to take further steps towards your goals.
Celebrate your wins!
Yes! This is so important. It’s important to celebrate even the small wins because very often, we fail to realise how much we have accomplished, so, every day or every week, take a minute for yourself; think about your small and big wins and celebrate. It’s a great daily confidence and motivation booster!
And last but not least…
Get rid of naysayers!
Yes – get rid of them! And if you absolutely can’t get rid of them (because sometimes they are part of your family!) try at least to avoid spending too much time talking about your projects with them because they will do their very best to discourage you from pursuing your goals and your dreams.
Try instead to be surrounded by positivity and encouragement. They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose them carefully. Recently I read a wonderful article by Celestine Chua giving excellent advice to help handle naysayers. You can read it here .
These are the tips I am going to use in my everyday life to start the New Year in the most productive, exciting and rewarding way.
And you, what do you think about New Year’s resolutions?
Any more tips to suggest? I’d love to know them! Please share them here below.