“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.”
It has been a BIG year. An improved business/product. Exciting new clients. Growth. These are words that we would love to happily say as there are only few days left in 2016 and start a new year. It’s about now that we begin to recall our year’s resolutions and – painful as it might be to admit – our failure to achieve them. We were really determined to succeed this time last year, and yet not many boxes got ticked off on our lists. What went wrong? Why is it so difficult to follow through and reach our goals as we initially intended to? Every one of us could come up with a number of explanations and excuses; here are few tips to help you not to have the same excuses this time around next year
- Be Specific. Know what you Want.
The first mistake most of us make, especially at the beginning of the year, is trying to achieve too many goals all at once. The second mistake is expecting immediate progress. It all begins with a dream you have for your life… Your dream represents an idea of what you want. Your dream does not detail the specific details or process of the journey ahead. So its up to you to narrow your big dream to a specific thing that will be easy to put into action.
“The best resolutions are those that actually include a goal” says hypnotist Michael Ellner. Applebaum says people set themselves up for failure because they commit to a resolution, fully knowing they have no plan in place to actually achieve it.
“You need to create a plan that will help you achieve your goals” say Karena and Katrina, founders of ToneItUp.com. Break your end goal/vision down into smaller, weekly goals so you feel like you’re working towards something immediate, and make a calendar with something to do every day that will get you closer to your desired result.
3. Do more with less
Easier said than done. Do less. And do the things that you ARE doing better and with higher quality. Have a shorter to-do list with more things that are in the “done” category. Do fewer business development deals but make the ones you do have more impact. Hire fewer employees for example until you’re bursting at the seems with work for the ones you have. Score a beautiful and functional office but rightsize it for today not 2 years from now. Success often comes from doing a few things extraordinarily well and noticeably better than the competition and is measured in customer feedback, product engagement, growth in usage and ultimately in revenue growth.
4. Focus on Progress.
According to this lifehacker article, a study found that receiving positive feedback actually increased the chances of success. So do yourself a favor, focus on the progress and allow yourself the drive to continue until you reach your goal.
5. Find the alternatives.
Things don’t always turn out as planned, so it’s a good idea to have a Plan B handy, just in case. Ask yourself how you are going to proceed if, for example, you face too many obstacles, or your priorities shift, or you lose your motivation, get overwhelmed, discouraged, etc. Think of these things beforehand so that you don’t make rash decisions under the influence of your emotions later on.
This year may not be “your year” but 2017 can easily be the year you move in a more positive direction. Be reasonable and don’t give yourself goals that are really just unrealistic “wishes.” Remember to PLAN. FOCUS and DO MORE WITH LESS.