A Boost to Your New Years’ Resolutions!

January 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

How is the New Year going? The results of my unofficial poll are that while we have sadly lost some enterprises, others are experiencing an uptick in activity, and some are even finding themselves busy to capacity. Whether business is still somewhat slower than you’d like, or booming along, with one twelfth of 2012 almost behind us, it’s a good time to give a boost to resolutions, focus and commitment.

What have you accomplished so far this year? It might not be exactly what you intended, but give yourself credit for everything you have done. If you have made progress toward your resolutions give yourself an extra pat on the back. Every baby step counts. Most resolutions address things that have taken months or years to evolve; reversing the trend is a big job.

Give your resolutions a reality check. Now that you have had a month of living with them, are you still committed to all your resolutions? If not, change them or drop them now. Don’t feel like a failure for the whole year, just because the goals you set weren’t a good fit. Give yourself permission to be flexible. This doesn’t mean abandoning all hope, but rather making sure that your energies are focused in a direction that is right for you.

If you haven’t made the progress you’d like, pick one resolution and break it down into baby steps. If your goal is to make more business connections, you might want to focus on attending one networking luncheon a month, and talking to one additional person each time. Select goals which are reasonable but still a comfortable stretch. The year is very young; don’t be discouraged if it’s off to a slower start than you had hoped. Every step counts.

Business is about focus, passion and energy. Stay focused on your goals. Make sure you’re still in touch with your passion. Take care of yourself, and direct your energy, time and resources wisely. If you’re ahead of schedule on your resolutions, great congratulations are in order; keep up the great work! If you’re a little behind or if you haven’t started yet (where did January go??) don’t despair. Take baby steps and results will come.  Celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small. Great goals are within reach. And, to quote Dr. Seuss, “You’ll move mountains!”


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