We are masters at making resolutions in both business and our personal lives. We love to make them. We already are plotting our New Years’ Resolutions with focus and energy. We will lose weight, finish a project, hire six new people, exercise more, read that Dale Carnegie business book, and get that new puppy.
But alas, we end up doing none of that. By mid-February we are back to the old normal and we have not made any changes at all. It is very interesting to note that every resolution involves change by definition. Is just the word “change” tough to handle? Why do we fail when we plot these grand plans? Here are eight strategies for successful change. You can indeed lose that 15 pounds.
- Change is not easy: Accept it. It is very comfortable to think change; it is very difficult to do.
- Focus on one resolution: Change is not a numbers game. What is your best resolution? Get it done and in March, focus on the second biggest.
- Goals must be attainable: Be realistic. Losing 30 pounds by Valentine’s Day might be a bit of a stretch. Try just 10 and see how that works.
- Overcoming challenges and distractions: Do not get side tracked when you see little results early on. Stick with it. Time is your best friend.
- Owning it makes it happen: This resolution belongs to you and you alone. No matter the change, it must come from within.
- Prepare a game plan: Thought and planning go hand-in-hand. Results happen when preparation is integrated into the process. Resolutions that are definable and measurable better the odds of success.
- Put a date on it: The project needs to get done this time. Have it done by January 9th.
- Be realistic: Resolutions and any type of personal or organizational change takes time, effort, optimism, and improvement. Eat the elephant one bite at a time.
It is critical to remember that the vast majority of resolutions are never reached. Only a fraction of those of us who make New Years’ Resolutions will successfully reach their 2013 goals. It is great to know that we can be among those who do! Good luck and Happy New Year!
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