It’s the New Year – a time to reflect on the past year and set new goals and aspirations. However, keeping those resolutions can be tricky, especially if they’re far-fetched. Instead of setting unattainable goals this year, take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned from the past year and move forward with a new focus on success for your business!
No business is perfect and there is always room for improvement.
If you’re looking for a resolution or resolutions that you can keep, we have a compilation of New Year’s resolutions and how to make sure you succeed in keeping them for 2015!
Resolution 1: Promote your business regularly and consistently.
When it comes to running a small business, we can easily let the task of promoting it slip to the bottom of the to-do list in favor of other urgent tasks. But, if you want to attract new customer, you MUST make promoting your business a priority. While you’re promoting your business, be sure to keep track of what works and what doesn’t. It could save you from spending money unnecessarily.
Resolution 2: Learn Something New
You can learn something directly related to your business or learn something completely unrelated. Regardless of what you choose, learning something new adds to your skills and can add a new dimension of interest to your live. Depending on how you choose to learn (online or in-person), you can meet new people who may become customers.
Resolution 3: Join A New Networking Group
Networking for small businesses can be key to their growth. Being able to talk to other business people and bouncing ideas off of them, while generating new ideas is integral to your success.
Resolution 4: Set Aside YOU Time
It’s incredibly important to take time to recharge and refresh yourself. Working to mental and physical exhaustion is a recipe for disaster. If you have trouble finding some free time, write some time into your schedule (regularly). Don’t let your business push you into all work and no play! If you don’t invest time in yourself, why would anyone else?
Resolution 5: Set Realistic Goals!
Set attainable goals for your business rather than unrealistic pipe dreams. Goals that are achievable will lead to less frustration!
Resolution 6: Give Back
As a small business you rely on your community for income and referrals. Make this the year you give back. There are many worthy organizations within your community; find one that matters to you and give what you can. Whether you serve on a committee, be a volunteer, mentor, or donate, anything works!
These resolutions seem like they would be pretty easy to keep right? According to a study done by author and psychologist Richard Wiseman, only 12% of people who make resolutions succeed in keeping them. So what’s the secret? People who take meaningful steps in order to attain their resolutions are far more likely to achieve thank those who make no specific commitments.
Get specific. Instead of setting obscure goals such as “I want to gain more customers or clients,” make your resolution specific. Determine how many more customers or clients you want to gain each month and for the year. Make sure it’s a tangible number otherwise you’re liable to get extremely frustrated. When you reach your goal, set a new one!
Writing down your goals in small steps can also help make sure you achieve success. Planning and accomplishing things one step at a time will help you stay focused and positive!
Work with your team to make sure your goals are reached. Clearly communicate the resolution you’d like to make and achieve, and get them onboard. Having each team member on the same page will help your company to stay on track with the resolution or resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions may have been hard to keep in the past, but you can change that this upcoming year! Set realistic goals, and work towards them in small steps. You’ll be surprised at how easy it will be to keep your resolutions and reach your goals!