If I could wager a guess, I’d say that you made a New Year’s Resolution or two for yourself and for your business. You probably made a vow to work out more, eat better, make critical changes in your business, and finally, get started on that project that you’ve put off.
But if I could wager another guess, I’d say you’re like the 92% of people who don’t follow through on these New Year’s Resolutions.
According to a study by the University of Scranton,only 8% of people accomplish the goals set in the start of the year. Now that it’s July, seven months after the New Year, and five months until the next time you have to start goal setting, it’s time for a little reality check. Are you still working on the resolutions you put in place back in January?
No? Don’t worry. There’s still time.
If you fell behind, it’s not too late to pick yourself back up. Here are a few tips to help you finish out the year on a high note and move from the 92% of unachieved goals to the 8% of people who charge forward to success.
Employ the K.I.S.S. Rule
Keep It Simple Silly (KISS) is one of the best rules to follow when it comes to goal setting. A complicated, daunting goal is overwhelming. When faced with a large goal, it is easy to make excuses and fall behind.
As you plan the remaining half of your year, set small, simple goals for yourself. For example, if your New Year’s Resolution was to write a book, set goals to finish a chapter each week. Chapters are much easier and faster to write than an entire book. Breaking your goal into bite-sized pieces makes it easier to swallow when you see it pop up on your to-do list.
Add Numbers to Your Goals
If you set a broad goal, chances are you haven’t kept up progress toward your goal. Why? Because you’re not quite sure what the end result will look like.
For example, if you set a goal to “get more customers,” what does that mean? Are you actively marketing to find new business? How many is “more?”
Define how many new customers you want and then outline a plan with specific numbers to get there. Define how many new customers you want to get each month, and how many you want for the year. With numbers attached to your goals, you have a much bigger chance of completing them.
One of the biggest downfalls you might face is believing you can’t accomplish your goal. Just because it’s July does not mean it is too late.
As you refresh your mindset and gear up to try once again to tackle your goals, stay positive. Remind yourself that you can finish what you want to finish. When you change your mindset you are more likely to accomplish the goals you set your mind to.
No More Excuses
It’s never too late to work toward your goals. Even if you have not made much progress toward your New Year’s Resolution, remember that there is still time. You have a full five months to complete the goals you set on January 1. Get back in the saddle and push yourself to achieve what you know in your heart you can achieve.