Setting a goal every morning of what you hope to accomplish that day is the easy part of the process. We all start off with the best of intentions. Staying on course is where the work lies. Being consistent and keeping the commitment strong throughout the day, month or year takes perseverance, know-how and a solid plan. Business women especially have the challenge of sticking with their business resolutions while balancing family, community, and self care. Each day opens up new possibilities for success. There is the essence of hope in the air. The following tips will help you grab onto your resolutions and keep them going in the months ahead. Pick one or two of the following tips and stay focused.
Tip 1: CLOSE OPEN LOOPS
The cost of unfinished business drains energy and decreases productivity. Simply ask: What is incomplete? Make a list and attempt to check off 2 or 3 items a week until the entire list is complete.
Tip 2: FILL YOUR GOALS WITH MEANING
Living the life you love and loving the life you live is truly a gift. You spend tremendous time and energy trying to achieve your goals both at home and at work. Make each moment meaningful. Make it a vision for goodness.
Tip 3: MAKE GOALS DOABLE
My life coach, Catherine Wood, has taught me this skill and it has brought me great success and calm. Taking baby steps is accomplished by first writing down the big picture and then breaking it down into the pieces of the puzzle. Bite off one piece at a time and before you know it the goal is achieved!
Tip 4: MARKERS AND CELEBRATION
These two ideas are interconnected. Markers tell us that we have reached a certain destination and when reached, one should celebrate! Often it is a long road to a successful completion of an entire project or assignment. Breaking it down into clear markers along the way makes the journey easier and more pleasurable. When a marker is reached a celebration is in order…Whether it be a nice lunch out, a new accessory, or a small treat, celebrate a job well done so far.
Tip 5: ACCOUNTABILITY
Seek Support. Holding yourself accountable generally takes an outside source. Don’t ask me why, but individuals have greater success in their goals when they need to report their progress to someone. Choose a life coach, friend or colleague at work. Set timelines for your resolutions and let your accountability buddy know what you have set out to do. Check in regularly.
Wishing you much success. Wishing you much joy. You are on your way to achieving your best by analyzing, strategizing and taking action.