Tips for setting and accomplishing New Years resolutions for your business

new-year-s-resolution-pic1At the beginning of every year, we get the chance to start over. We have a clean slate once the clock hits midnight on January 1st and it’s time to begin again. However, most of us have lofty goals of working out, pursuing our dreams, reading more, and eating healthier. These lofty goals usually last about a month before we are once again swallowed up by the year and fall back into our old habits. However, because it is again the beginning of a new year, we have some tips to help you set and accomplish realistic and meaningful goals for your career and business. We hope these tips carry you into your best year yet.

Write down your ultimate goal for your business. Before you can set goals for your next accomplishments, it’s important to understand where you want to end up. By knowing your ultimate goal, you can then begin to lie out the stepping-stones of how to get there. So this year, realize your ultimate goal and lay the first stepping- stone.

Create mini-goals. It is much easier to accomplish small goals as part of a bigger goal. Break down your main goals into smaller ones in order to not get discouraged or unmotivated.

Adjust along the way. If you find your mini goals to be too easy or too difficult, adjust them accordingly. It’s important to understand yourself and your stress levels. You want to push yourself, but you don’t want to over do it. It will take time to find the right balance, but it will come if you are willing to be flexible.

Get over the hump. Working and achieving goals isn’t easy and sometimes it’s not fun. If you recognize that there will be boring and hard times, you will be better going into it. Just remind yourself that you have wanted this for a long time and if you keep going you will get there. Get over the dull hump and you will be on the downhill slope towards achieving your goals.

Reward yourself. Make sure to reward yourself when you accomplish mini goals and especially when you accomplish your big goals. It can be simple little things, but rewarding yourself with them will help you stay motivated on the path towards achieving your dreams.

 

Building New Year’s Intentions That Stick

changeHow many New Year’s Resolutions have you kept in your lifetime? It seems like it’s part of the ritual to go big on the life-changing commitments in January, fail in February, give up in March, and spend the rest of the year feeling defeated. Even the word, “resolution,” suggests something resolute, hard and unbending, like concrete, which starts out strong–but breaks when struck too hard. So let’s switch our “resolutions” to “intentions,” making them more like trees, bending and swaying with the challenges they face, growing regardless of what hits them.  Instead of focusing on concrete goals, let’s look for opportunities to grow. How do we do that? It’s an easy process, so what do you say sisters…are you ready for a successful new year?

Step 1:

What do you want to accomplish this New Year? Are you looking to shed 10 lbs? Do you need to quit smoking? Increase your income by 10%? Identify what it is you want to accomplish and write it down on a piece of paper. For the purpose of making this process clear to you, we will use the example of:

I resolve to lose 10 pounds this year.

Step 2:

Now, let’s peel the layers away from the resolution so we can identify the reasoning–an “intention”–behind losing the 10 lbs. Ask yourself, “How will losing 10 lbs. enhance my current life? ” You may come to identify that you think it will make you healthier, so that you can live a longer happier life. If this is the reason, than we will now switch your resolution to:

I intend to live a healthier life.

Usually, there has to be a payoff for everything we do in order for us to stay motivated. Here are a few for this particular intention:

  • Save money in doctors’ bills
  • Look great in your clothes
  • Have more energy
  • Inspire others to lead healthy lives
  • A higher level of respect for yourself

You have now eliminated a constricted expectation that you will lose 10 lbs. and replaced it with a much larger “intention” to live a healthier life. Think about how this opens up the possibility for success.

Step 3:

Now it’s time to create a game plan. How are you going to go about accomplishing this goal? We working women lead very busy lives. So if you don’t have a plan, it isn’t likely that you’ll accomplish it. It will simply get shoved under the pile of scrap-booking projects that we were supposed to do 5 years ago. Organize and lay it out for yourself:

  • I will drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  • I will exercise at least 30 minutes 3 to 5 times a week.
  • I will replace the amount of processed food I eat each day with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • I will get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

How you keep yourself accountable is up to you. You can do all of them, all the time, or you can make a list of 20, accomplishing at least 5 a day. The variations are endless.

By switching your New Year’s Resolutions to Intentions, you’re heightening the possibility of meeting your goals. As you start to strategically shape your life, you will find that you become a better you with every passing day. Here’s to a fantastic and successful New Year lady. 2013 here we come!

Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California.  She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops.  She also writes for www.beachbody.com, which provides effective home fitness programs for all fitness levels including the Les Mill Pump exercise videos.