We all do it, right…

The year comes to a close, and we reflect on what went well, and not so well, (in my experience we tend to put more focus on the later)…

Sub-consciously we close a little door on the year, and we make promises to ourselves to make good on next year…

It’s almost as though with the tick of the clock, at 12 am everything will change, we’ll become thinner because we’ll go the gym more, healthier because we’ll eat better, and wealthier because we’ll run our businesses better…

We have a few drinks on the 31st December, make a promise to ourselves (or if we’re game, we announce it to our mates), and wallah….

A New Year’s Resolution is born!!!

And then what happens to it?

Well, statistics show that within six weeks, at least 80% of New Year’s Resolutions have fallen by the wayside…

Which gives me a thought…

…Perhaps I should think of a business model involving a gym that’s open from Jan – Feb every year… 😉

Just kidding (well, not really)…

So, let’s unpack why our resolutions tend to fall in a heap, even though, God knows we desperately want/need that taste of victory…

Our Timing Is Wrong

Think about it; we make this heavy commitment to take on all aspects of our life during the festive season…

I mean, who wants to eat lettuce leaves and go to the stinky, sweaty gym, while everyone around us is relaxing, wine in hand, with the best grazing boards in town…

We Fail To Define The Goal Clearly

It’s great to say we want to improve our businesses, but how are we going to do that?

Which parts exactly need improvement?

See, I talk business a lot, and quite often when I speak to my one-on-one clients, they can see there’s an issue in their business; but they don’t know how to identify the actual problem…

Unless we can identify the problem/s we can’t fix it – not even a New Year’s Resolution has that magical power!

We Want It All, And We Want It Now

Is it just me, or does this sound like the snotty brat on Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory?

Or maybe that’s because I tend to see more kids’ movies than adults, at this time in my life!

Any well thought out goal has a process it needs to go through, and quite often, it’s not something that can happen overnight…

I’ve yet to meet a person that can lose 10kg overnight; in a healthy, sustainable way!

No… success in any form requires a long-term, consistent approach…

And it requires persistence and resilience…

Instead, New Year Resolutions defies this logic, and quite often when we don’t see results immediately, we become disheartened and lose motivation…

Then before you know it…

… that resolution has effectively been shelved, to be recycled for next year…

We’re All Thought And No Action

I can’t speak to this enough…

I don’t mean to be negative, but I not-so-secretly hate procrastination…

“I don’t have time.”

“I don’t have resources.”

“I’m busy.”

“You wouldn’t believe what I have on my plate.”

Well here’s my stance; I call bullshit!

Quite simply, we haven’t sat down to work out which aspects of our life need to be a priority, and which aspects need to take a back seat…

Before I start offending everyone, let me clarify; I’m not saying we should be master multi-taskers and achieve everything in a day…

Noooo…

Quite the opposite…

I’m saying; we should know which of the parts of our day are draining time from the activities that contribute to achieving our goals…

And quite simply, without an action plan, and a shitload of hard work, we won’t ever get there…

FACT…

We Lack Accountability

Here’s the thing, a goal is useless unless we’re tracking our progress against it…

We need to have a simple system in place, so we can see if we’re on track, or not doing so well, or if we need to pivot a bit to get to that goal…

The visual effect of recording our progress is the positive fuel we need to keep on pushing through, even when it feels like the chips are stacked against us…

It also stops us flying blind, because my friend, flying blind is a dangerous zone to dwell in…

So, now that it seems as though I’ve just verbally shat all over the notion of having goals let me assure you its certainly not the case…

I live and breath setting goals…

I live and breath planning out my time to achieve those goals…

I live and breath the constant process of identifying the priorities in my life and business, thus eliminating the procrastinating-causing elements…

I live and breath knowing my business services, and my finances enough to be able to identify which products serve my clients best, and are more profitable, and therefore need to be a priority in any of my financial goals…

Most of all, I live and breath setting goals that are SMART, achievable, stretch me, and drive my business forward while also improving my time at home with my family…

See, I have my own form of New Year’s Resolutions, at the beginning of every single year, I spend a couple of days identifying the aspects of my life that I would like to improve (business and personal)…

I identify where I’m currently at; then I determine where I want to be by the end of the year…

Then I sit down, and I map out the exact actions I need to take to get there…

And I unpack this into bite-size, achievable blocks over the year, so I know if I follow the plan ill get there…

… and I’ll get there without stressing myself into the fetal position by February…

After many failed drunken New Year’s Resolutions, I can tell you with all honesty I hit 90% of all goals I set, because of the system I use…

Best of all, I do this while achieving my ultimate goal; plenty of time with my seven young kiddies and hubby!

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Happy New Year 😊

Stacey