Six Considerations for Your 2019 Business Resolutions
The best business resolutions are quantifiable. Rather than say you want to grow your customer base, pick a specific number to aim for and then make it happen. Opt for a quantifiable business resolution that is achievable sooner rather than later. You don't want to spend all of January trying to reach your February goals. And, don't forget, once you reach them, take the time out of your busy schedule to celebrate your successes.
Make it Viable
If you spend the whole year trying to reach your goal only to find that it is so far beyond your reach, it can be a real de-motivator. Goals should be able to be achieved - otherwise, you are just aiming for a pie in the sky. There is absolutely no benefit in trying to aim for unattainable goals. If it is a large goal, then break it down into smaller increments, so it doesn't seem so insurmountable.
Rather than make year-ling resolutions, set deadlines. Make business resolutions which are adjustable each quarter to give you something new to aim for. Consider them mini milestones to help you along the way. By adding specific deadlines to your goals, you are creating a sense of urgency to get them done. The reality is it’s only a dream until you start doing the work to implement it.
Assess your Goals Monthly
If you are not actively trying to reach your goals, then it’s a waste of time even thinking about them. If you want to succeed, then you have to make it a priority. Plan monthly meetings and check where you are in relation to your objective. Are you on track? Does something need to happen or change before you can reach them? Strategizing sessions are important for the future of your business.
Some activities, due to the nature of your priorities, continually get pushed aside in favor of other things. Business resolutions are one of those things. But if you plan for it and mark it on your calendar, or add it to your journal, then you have no choice but to tackle the task. Don’t make excuses; when the time comes, then do it. It may seem like a hurdle in your day, but it’s important that you maintain your focus on the long-term achievements, as well as the short-term day-to-day efforts.
Know Your Why
You may WANT to bring on change, but do you know WHY you want to change? Knowing that in itself is a huge motivator and will help you keep your eye on the ball. Knowing your why will help you stick to your resolution when the going gets tough. Make a resolution which is beneficial to your business and which will resonate on a personal level. The why will be your reminder!