Happy New Year! As you ring in the New Year you can think about making new resolutions. This is your commitment to working toward annual goals. You resolve to do.…what? After all, that is what your New Year’s resolutions are – annual goals. Before you commit to the new, you have a chance to look back on what you have completed and then look ahead on what more you want to do throughout the year.
Have you had a chance to reflect on what you have accomplished in 2012? One wonderful thing about the New Year is there is positive energy to help motivate you. There is that feeling of relief from making it through the holidays and getting past the push to meet deadlines at the end of 2012. Celebrate your achievements of 2012! Use that positive energy toward a good attitude. Do you remember what you set out to accomplish? Check off those goals! Feel good about what you did.
Have you had a chance to strategize about what you want to change so you can have the best year in 2013? Have you thought about what new things you want to start? Before the New Year rings in, take some time reflecting and focusing on a clear vision of what you want to do in 2013.
Tomorrow it will be 2013. Do you feel a sense of newness in what you are doing? You have a fresh start. You are on to the next goals, those goals you have set for the New Year.
Look at what you have planned and prepared to help you make those goals a reality. Now, with the New Year, get ready to implement a strategy. Have you done your strategic planning? Because face it, when people talk resolutions in the New Year they are referring to action. They are referring to commitment. What are you realistically planning and prepared to start doing in 2013? What goals are you ready to set? It is time to do what you have set your mind to do. Use the motivation of the New Year to gain momentum to your planning and preparations. The starting gate is ready to open!
Share your goals. By sharing goals, it helps you commit to them. They are now out in the open. Others know what you are planning. You have some accountability. You can keep people updated on your progress should they ask. And the people you tell can be your support to keeping you motivated.
If you have done your planning and preparations, you are ready to take action. You can now takes steps outlined in your plan (such as a business plan or marketing plan) to implement a strategy for completing your goals. The steps are important, because they are your route to get you through the year. These steps are your route to your destination – your goal. Be flexible in these steps because things can change. You will need to be ready to adjust with those changes. Recognize that your goal is not an easy task that can be done in a few days, weeks, or a month, but will take time, approximately one year to complete. Think about what series of steps you must complete to get you to that goal. Think about where you need to begin. Get ready. Be positive! It is time to start moving!