Category: Resolutions

We’re well into the new year.  The dust from the holidays is finally settling and things are back to normal.  How much have you accomplished so far?  Have you taken steps toward the things you said you wanted to do this year?  Maybe you’ve already reached a goal that you set, which is great!  You might be stuck because you don’t have  a plan yet.  It might be time to take a moment to retreat and create your plan for accomplishing the things that you’ve said you want to do this year.  Take a moment to share where you are right now by taking this quick, anonymous poll.

The new year is here and if you haven’t already gotten into the groove, it’s time to get your new year off to a running start with things that will support you.  Whether you are an business owner or not, you need tips, tools  and systems to get your year off to a rolling start and help keep it rolling throughout the year.

This is the time of year for resolutions, but we don’t think about getting things in order and people are typically scrambling this time of year to get off to a good start after a hectic holiday season, but there are ways of avoiding that scramble–at any time of the year.  Your business/work setting as well as your home should run like a well-oiled machine. The best thing you can possibly do to support yourself is to set up systems to streamline your tasks.  Your business or work environment should have systems in place for every area: filing, sales, accounting, payroll, etc.  The same applies to your home environment.  Each system carries out processes that contribute to the environment as a whole, ultimately leading to increased productivity.

To begin to get your systems in place, start by looking at what’s working.  If there is a system in place that’s working, leave it in place but look to see what improvements might be made to that system.  Next, look at what’s not working, get rid of it and create a system that does work; one that will support you.  For example, your filing system should include three types of files, reference, action and archive.  Not having a solid filing system in place and using it is one of the top things that will waste your time.  Statistically speaking, people waste 1.5-2.0 hours each day looking for things.  That translates into 7-10 hours every week of wasted time just for one person.  Think about the money that’s wasted just on looking for things.  Not having systems in place can break you and negatively impact your bottom line.

Turing your resolutions into goals is the first step in aiming before your fire.  You can’t hit the mark if you don’t know where you’re going.  You have to know how to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals and how to develop a plan to carry them out.  Additionally, ask yourself what things you want to leave behind with the old year, and choose those things that you want to take into the New Year with you.  It might take some time to get clear, so take your time and make your lists.  Be conscious about what you are letting go of and what you are holding onto or creating to take along for the ride into the New Year.

Finally, ask yourself who it is that you have to be in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set.  Most of the time people look at or tell themselves that when they get something, then they’re be able to do a particular thing in order to be where they want to be.  This is a backwards concept.  Really, we have to think about who we’re going to be (the characteristics and behaviors we have to exhibit), then think about what we have to do in order to have what we want.  So it’s be; do; have instead of have; do; be.

As you begin to think about the things that you resolve to do in the coming year, remember to aim before you fire.  Add the steps of turning those resolutions into goals, list what you’re leaving behind and what you’re taking with you and then determine who you have to be in order to carry out your plan.

Everyone wants to be better for the New Year which is why everyone makes the resolutions for getting back to the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, and the list goes on.  But the truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts when it comes to carrying out their resolutions.  They have lots of plans and plenty of things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum.  Did you make resolutions for this year?  Did you take action?  Why not?  What was it that held you back?

If you’re expecting new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake.  If your starting point is not correct, you will not get what you want.  Once the holidays are over, some people will start to implement their resolutions.  Unfortunately, some of those starts will be false, running out of steam before February comes around.  Resolutions die because they aren’t strong enough to survive.  If they aren’t turned into goals and have a plan to support them, they wither away.  To start off on the right foot you need to first understand that there’s a distinct difference between the anatomy of a resolution and that of a goal. Goals are things that you are committed to pursuing, are values-based and SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based).  They have plans created to support them coming to fruition.

This week I’ve focused on resolutions and the process for planning for your new year.  As this year comes to a close, I encourage you to take a look back at what you’ve done.  What have you accomplished?  What happened to the things that you resolved to do at the end of last year?  Did they remain resolutions or did they get transformed into goals and get accomplished?

Be honest with yourself, but don’t beat yourself up either. Everyone wants to be better for the new year. That’s why everyone makes the resolutions for the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, etc.  The truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts. They have lots of plans, things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum.

What have you done lately?  Did you make resolutions for 2009?  Did you taken action?  If not,  what stopped you? If you expect new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake.  To get your desired result, you have to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals, then develop a plan to carry them out along with the  systems, tools, motivation and support needed to accomplish them.

If you didn’t accomplish everything that you wanted to this year, ask your self why and make a change.  Focus on taking your resolutions to goals and into reality.

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