Well, 2013 is now gone and it is that time of year where we make resolutions for the new year, the new you, the new business, the new everything. We make promises to ourselves on New Year’s Eve, to do more or be better or whatever. We make these resolutions with all good intentions, whether we are clear of mind or maybe a little tipsy from the champagne. I suggest you make this year a Revolution of Resolutions, not just the same old humbug resolutions that you will likely never maintain.
Think back to this time last year (yup, that’s 2013!): Did you stick to your resolutions? Have you stuck to your commitments? If so, congratulations! You are part of a very, very, very exclusive club. According to one study, only one of 10 resolutions actually sticks. If you are like the majority of people (and I am a card-carrying member), your resolutions fell by the wayside halfway through January.
Every moment is ripe for change. This is the revelation of the Revolution of Resolutions, don’t wait for December 31st to make the change. Do it now, and tomorrow and next week and next month. When something needs changing, DON’T WAIT! If you are disappointed with how you eat, then you do not need to wait until December 31st to make a change for the better. You can do it at the very next meal. If you want to get faster at swimming, running or biking, you can do so by getting out there tomorrow morning and doing a structured workout.
rev•o•lu•tion – as defined at dictionary.com is a sudden, complete or marked change in something.
Did our forefathers wait until December 31, 1776, to declare their revolution? Of course not, and neither did the thousands of other revolutions. They occurred when they needed to and did not wait. So even though we are near the resolution holiday, you can still have your revolution.
To start your revolution, follow these few simple steps: (modified from http://triswimpro.com)
- Take an honest look at where you are right now. To make change, you have to first figure out where you are now and where you can improve. To do this well, you cannot lie to yourself. If you are not making your earnings goals, then accept where you are.
- Figure out what you are going to do to fix it. Making a resolution without a game plan to back it up is like trying to find the bathroom in the dark. You may or may not eventually get there, but there is a huge risk that you may not in time. If one of your resolutions is to increase revenue, then I would recommend seeking professional or peer help. Enlist a trained consultant to look at your business to pinpoint your weaknesses and make recommendations.
- Create a timeline. Real change takes time and dedication. If you want to make more money, you will have to put in the time and effort. Set realistic goals for yourself so you can track your progress over the course of several months. Note there is no set deadline. If you do not hit one benchmark, reassess, make the appropriate changes, and set a new deadline. When it comes to goals, as long as moving forward you are moving in the right direction.
- Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons (aka know your purpose). You cannot force a person to change; you can only change if you really want it. Many times, people make resolutions because they feel those are the ones they should make, rather than what they want. Unless you truly want to change, then it will not happen.
- Lastly, resolutions are an ongoing journey, so focus on the process rather than the outcome. By being process oriented, you not only enjoy it more but you are also less likely to beat yourself up if things do not work out exactly as planned. Many times it turns out even better.
Do some soul searching and figure out your game plan, so when you’re ready start your revolution!