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Turning Your New Year's Resolutions into Reality

Published on Jan 19, 2012

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Read our article, 'Turning Your New Year's Resolutions into Reality' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.

NewYearsResolutionsDid you make any business or personal New Year’s resolutions this year?

If so, bear with me while I ask a redundant question:

Do you want your resolutions to become reality?

Of course you do. But in order to do so, you’ve got to transform your resolutions into actual goals. To follow are four major steps that will help you create detailed, attainable goals — upping the odds for manifesting your New Year's resolutions into reality. 1. Discover your goals. If you’ve already determined your New Year’s resolutions, you’ve already accomplished this first step. If not, take out a piece of paper (or open a Word doc) and click here for details on discovering goals. 2. Clearly define your goals. I like to say that vagueness will leave us directionless, but a goal that is brimming with details gives us a “high-definition” view of what our future looks like. Take a moment to think of your small business as a trip you’re planning. A clearly-defined goal is like the address (destination) you enter into your GPS. Without the destination, your GPS can not plan a step-by-step route to get you where you want to go. More on defining goals. 3. Setting your goals. Speaking of step-by-step, the next part of the process is creating a step-by-step plan of action. It’s imperative that each step is manageable, or what I like to refer to as “bite-sized.” Here’s how Zig Ziglar and Napoleon Hill, two of my mentors, describe the process of developing your step-by-step plan of action:
  • Identify EXACTLY what you desire
  • Spell out exactly why you’d like to reach these goals
  • List the obstacles you need to overcome in order to get there
  • Identify the people, groups and organizations you need to work with to get there
  • Identify what you need to know (learn) in order to reach these goals
  • Develop a plan of action
  • Set a date on it. When do you expect to get there?
  • Write it all down!
  • More on setting your goals
4. Overcoming obstacles. Let’s face it, we’re not working in a controlled environment here. It’s very likely that obstacles will present themselves as we strive to attain our goals. Here are some practical ways to manage obstacles when they arise:
  • Learn to respond instead of reacting
  • Seek our positive input from people, books, seminars …
  • Have a flexible plan that has room for revisions as needed
  • Develop your long-term vision so that you don’t lose sight of your goals when obstacles arise.
  • Avoid them all together by being aware of potential problems before they arise
  • More on overcoming obstacles
As you can see, there’s a considerable amount of work involved in the process. But this is your business and your life we’re talking about. At years end, I'm sure you'll want to look back and see success, not frustration because your resolutions never manifested into anything but a big idea. Take the time to turn your New Year’s Resolutions into attainable goals. You’ll be glad you did. Good luck! Business Blogs blog