Strategies for Sticking to Your Small Business Resolutions in 2017
If you’re like many people who devised a resolution for your business this new year and dove into it with gusto, you’re probably realizing right about now that the honeymoon period is over and the strategy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. You may have even broken that resolution a time or two.
You’re not alone. Resolutions are hard to uphold, especially ones that require you to change many of your daily habits and routines. Business resolutions definitely fall into that category. Now that the “honeymoon” is fading away, what exactly can you do to keep those business resolutions going? Here are strategies for keeping your business dreams afloat even when the newness of change has worn off.
Envision success. Picture your resolutions as genuine achievements. For example, if you aim to spend more time communicating with employees, visualize one-on-one meetings with each of your key staff members that generate measurable results. Imagine the sense of fulfillment you’ll feel after reaching your objectives. This feeling can inspire you, get your creative juices flowing, and help you execute your plans.
Always have a plan. Almost all things become achievable when you break it down into a step-by-step action plan. Work out a schedule that moves you toward your end goal with tasks you can complete on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Be patient with yourself and acknowledge that things do not change overnight. As long at you pay attention to the goal, the process, and the small victories, you will achieve more.
Think positively. Act as your own coach and focus on positive outcomes. When a problem arises, take corrective action and praise yourself for responding quickly and looking ahead.
Embrace your core values. Resolutions that spring from your personal beliefs are more effective than those designed to alter superficial behaviors. Your goal must be congruent with your core beliefs. Resolutions to make changes for someone else’s approval, for monetary gain, or because you think you ‘should’ are hard to sustain.
Be self-disciplined. Setbacks are part of any process. By anticipating a few discouraging moments, you’ll be less susceptible to feelings of complete failure. Use the willpower that got you where you are today to sustain you through isolated incidents of confusion or loss of morale.
Get Energized. It works to step out of your zone and do something completely different. Even an hour’s walk or 20 mins of pumping some iron will boost your energy and take your mind of negativity or demotivation.
Enlist support from family, friends, and colleagues. A pat on the back or some other type of moral support can help keep you going, especially early on. Share your progress and setbacks with your inner circle and gain strength from their support.
Use apps to stay on track. There’s an app for almost everything – find one that allows you to not just track your goals but also reminds you and eggs you on.
Apply these strategies to your flagging resolution and you just might find more success than you thought possible!