Nikki Carlson, ChicExecs Marketing Agency’s Co-Founder/Co-President, shares business tips for the new year that stick on Forbes blog.
Not all resolutions are created equal. Let’s not forget the oft-cited statistic that 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail. Follow these tips to create resolutions that will stick beyond February 1.
1. Be realistic.
Many people fail to achieve their resolutions because they’re too harsh or unrealistic. Do you really think it’s fair to say you’ll achieve 3X revenue this year? Or speak at 100 industry conferences?
2. Break it up.
If a goal like “Speak at 10 industry conferences” seems huge, that’s because it is. It’s a big goal, but it isn’t impossible. If you’ve set a big resolution and aren’t sure how to make it happen, break up your resolution into micro-goals.
3. Quantify everything.
There’s nothing wrong with a goal like “Be a better manager.” But how do you know you’re a better manager? What does that even mean? You have no idea unless you define the goal and add numbers to it.
4. Check in regularly.
We have to approach business resolutions with awareness. You can’t declare a resolution and forget about it after January 1 — that’s wishful thinking, not an actual resolution.
5. Build accountability.
Say what you will about peer pressure, but it does wonders for keeping us on the straight and narrow. Tell your employees, another manager or a mentor about your business resolution. When you tell someone what you’re doing, they’re going to check in on you. That accountability will light a fire beneath you so you continue working on your resolution, even when you feel like throwing in the towel.
Read Nikki Carlson’s full Forbes blog for business tips that will stick.