Are you guilty of setting new year’s resolutions that don’t quite go anywhere?
We all do it! It’s easy to spend December just keeping busy with end-of-year tasks or Christmas events, and decide to think about next year, well, next year!
But did you know you’re more likely to succeed if you start now?
Let’s make a pact – no new year’s resolutions – we won’t wait until January 1st,
We will start planning now and begin to implement things that you need to be doing.
Why starting now will make next year a success
Basically, motivation wanes if you wait. So instead of thinking about things in your head, or even planning them out now but then waiting until the new year to start implementing, it’s always best to just start now.
Why would you wait to make positive changes?
Some things you might want to start or improve upon next year might include:
- starting a business
- scaling up your existing business
- creating a new product or service
- taking on new staff or sub-contractors
- setting aside time for more holidays
- earning a new qualification
- learning a new skill
- writing a book
- starting a podcast
- learning to accept compliments
- adopting healthier lifestyle and exercise habits
Make a commitment to start now. Even if you only start with small changes now, momentum can build, and by January 1st you’ll already be 10-steps ahead of everyone else who waited.
Tips to getting started and successfully achieving your goals
While motivation can give you that extra push to get something done, it doesn’t always come when you need it.
Therefore, it’s best to have some strategies to help you just get started on your plans now.
Procrastination is the action of unnecessarily and voluntarily delaying or postponing something despite knowing that there will be negative consequences for doing so. Well, that doesn’t sound good does it?! That’s not going to help us get any closer to starting work on our goals!
The best way to stop procrastinating is to first learn to recognize when you’re procrastinating, and why. Then commit to the task by focussing on what you can do, not worrying about the complete task at hand, just break it down into smaller more manageable chunks. You can also promise yourself a reward or ask someone to check up on you.
Discover your purpose
Think about what motivates you and brings you joy? Is it earning more money? Scaling up the business? Having more free time with your family? Making a change in your community? Helping others? All of these are perfectly okay goals and passions. You can want to make more money but also care about others for example.
What is one thing you can do right now that will have the most positive impact? What can you stop doing right now that has the most negative impact? Now go and do it!
Ignore the rules
Don’t get caught up in what others are doing, or what you feel everyone with think of you. Only get your ideas from inside you. Successful people didn’t get to where they are today without thinking out outside the box occasionally.
So as long as you’re not hurting anyone, go ahead and break some rules! Try creating a new product line or offering a new service, learn something new, or try a new marketing strategy.
Track your progress and appreciate every milestone.
Keeping track of your progress helps you to see your progress over time, and allows you to accurately pinpoint what works and what doesn’t. You’ll also be able to clearly see any bad habits or slip-ups that keep occurring.
Frequent feedback increases your chances of hitting a specific goal and helps keep you on track and adjust when necessary.
Challenge Your Thoughts
We can often be our own worst critics. If you find yourself thinking negatively about a task, force yourself to restate it as a positive comment. For example, if you find yourself thinking, “What’s the point of creating this eBook, no one will buy it,” say instead, “I’ll learn so much myself just by writing it and it will offer so much content to help others.”
Decide ahead of time how you will deal with setbacks
Despite your enthusiasm, planning, and determination, there will be setbacks along the way to achieving any goal.
What matters is not the setback itself, but how we deal with it. Instead of fixating on the failures, learn from them and also look to the successes.
Plan for problems and obstacles before they occur. This will make you more prepared to deal with them instead of letting them get in the way of your work.
Visualize your goals or dreams
Visualizing can help you get closer to achieving your goals as the practice can motivate you a little bit each day.
So. for a few minutes each day visualize obtaining your goal. What does it feel like? After the few minutes are up, how do you feel? Use this energy to start on your next step.
Work in the details to make it as clear as possible. Where are you? What are you doing? What are you wearing? How do you look? Who is with you?
Get started now!
At INKBLOTVA, we help clients just like you to achieve their dreams and goals.
We help you identify a plan for achieving success, then we implement strategies that get you closer to achieving that goal.
Start now – don’t wait.