According to Franklin Covey, a third of all resolutions are broken by mid-January and 80% of all resolutions never make it. And if I had to guess, when it comes to business, resolutions last even less than two weeks, as the day to day activities ramp up again at the beginning of the 2012.
That’s why I think making resolutions are really a waste of time. They are just promises, without any substance. Sure, some will say that not meeting a resolutions only shows a lack of motivation. But the truth is: motivation is fleeting. No one can be motivated every second of the day.
To have success in your business, you do need to be motivated. Believe me, I know that first hand. During the fall, I lost all motivation to work on my business they way I should have been. And I lost a lot as a result – opportunities, profits, and even a friendship as a result.
And it all came down to one thing. I stopped following a plan and I stopped planning.
My big lesson this year was that business and life success comes from some very un-sexy things like planning, self-control, discipline, organization, time management, decision making and mental toughness.
Not sexy, not glamorous, but effective.
So if you must make resolutions, look at them as goals. And make them SMART goals. That is:
and put a plan in place to achieve them.
Personally, I stopped making resolutions a while back. I want more than just vague promises. I want real results. I want to make a difference to my life, my family, and the world. I want to make REVOLUTIONS!
So each year, I choose a theme to focus on. This year (2011), I used the word LEVERAGE. For 2012, I’m going with EMPOWER.
How did I come up with it? How can you come up with your own theme?
- Look at your business and personal goals for the upcoming year… you know, those things we call resolutions.
- Decide what needs to change in order for you to achieve those goals and choose a word. For example, if you have missed a lot of deadlines in the past, perhaps your theme could be “Organization.” Or, if your goal is to have more time to do what you want to do, your theme may be “Value” (as in what’s the value of the time you are using).
- Keep the theme positive and results-oriented.
- Choose only ONE theme per year.
- Keep the theme in the forefront of your business. I often print it out on fancy paper and hang it in my office so I can see it. I also make it my screen saver. Put it where you will see it every so often. This year, I am also taking my kids to one of those paint a piece of pottery shops and while they are busy making masterpieces, I’ll be making a special plate called “Empower.”
- As you work on your business, make sure you check in to see your theme is incorporated in all you do. Ask yourself, ‘ Would this choice be consistent with my theme and move me closer to my goals?’ If so, go for it. If not, think long and hard before making that choice.
So what’s your theme for the year? I’d love you to share it.
PS- Have you gotten my free gift of 5 Ideas to Kick-Start Your Business in 2012? No opt-in required…simply go to http://beheardsolutions.com/5ideas I bet one of them may help you with achieving your theme for the year!