New year, new me…
It’s that time of the year again. Resolutions are being made, plans drawn and clocks set for what is going to “my year.” All these expectations are being captured in fancy branded diaries, posted on Facebook and Twitter or written on sticky notes and pasted on bathroom mirrors as reminders “to do.” All this is good because as they say, if you write it down, you are most likely to do it.
Planning is easy – anybody can do it. The problem is “doing.” The moment you don’t do, the game is already over for you, in your personal life and in your business. This is a blog post on how to not drop the ball so early in the year. We are 8 days in – even you have to admit that it is a bit too early to be bailing on your resolutions. Here are four sure fire ways of helping you stay on track for the next 357 days (yes, 357, resolutions know no weekends or public holidays).
Every great thing that has ever been done started with the big decision. To do. What is it that you want to achieve in the year 2019? What is the one thing that you have been postponing year after year? Do you have it? Good – write it down because that is what you are doing this year. The moment it hits the paper or screen, that is it. It’s happening. Maybe that is the reason why some people do not bother with writing resolutions – they know that writing something down is binding. They understand the pressure of seeing that list every day and being riddled with the guilt of knowing that they have unchecked items on it.
Remember to take your time when writing down your resolutions. The pressure may be on to do them at the beginning of the year whilst the excitement is still in the atmosphere but the painful truth is, it might be a new year but you are still you. You may write your resolutions on the 1st but only be ready to implement on the first day of Winter! Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. The point here is not to drop the ball, remember.
You want to be a millionaire this year? That is wonderful – but how are you going to do it? You want your business to take over social media with its campaigns? Great stuff – but how do plan to go about it? The good thing about S.M.A.R.T is that you can apply it anywhere. SMART plan, SMART objectives. SMART resolutions. Make sure your resolutions are specific, measurable, achievable, REALISTIC and time-bound. Specify your road to being a millionaire plan, detail by detail. Break it down. How are you going to measure it? Is it achievable or you are being too ambitious and need to adjust some things, like starting with a few thousands first? Is it realistic or you need to revisit the resolution and knock it down a peg or three? How much time is being dedicated to this resolution? Is a month enough to gather your millions or you will need the whole year?
SMART resolutions will help you in assessing your position on whether you taking on too much or you are on the right track. If you are on the right track, chances are you will not drop the ball.
This is the part that most people dread and with good reason. It is the hardest part, but still, someone has to do it. They may like the idea of holding the end result, but what happens between writing it down and the end might as well be none of their business. Er, wrong mindset. Doing (committing) is as important as planning, if not more. If you made the plan, it means you knew that you had the means to see it through. Look at it this way, that business contact that you are supposed to call but haven’t because you are scared of the unknown? – They will have no idea that you exist unless you place that call? That 3 month gym membership you paid for? – You have wasted a ton of money unless you get up and hop on that treadmill. That employee you are stalling to promote? – They will probably get poached by another firm while you are still contemplating on how many zeros to add to their salary or which office to give them.
If you could decide on and write a resolution that is realistic, then COMMIT. Do. There is nothing to it. We should probably start a hashtag – #DO.
Now, this is not an excuse to not #DO, but in the case that something beyond your control comes between you and your resolutions, forgive yourself and try again, when you’re up for it. It’s 2019. 8 days in and you want out because it’s too hard, it’s not working, it’s not worth it, you haven’t slept since New Year’s eve, why bother? Forgive yourself for these extremely dangerous thoughts and try again, when you’re back to your normal self. There is no way we are saying forgive yourself and move on to something new. If we do it like that, by the end of the year, you will have a trail of unresolved resolutions and you will inevitably want your year back because you would have achieved nothing.
Resolutions have a reputation – they are made to be broken. In fact, abandoning resolutions has become a running joke. However, we are fixing that this year. We are not dropping the ball, especially not this early in the year.
2019, we are finishing with a checked list. Happy New Year!
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