This year seems to be flying by. It feels like just yesterday I was sharing with you How to Strategize for the New Year. Today, we are more than halfway through the new year, so you had enough time to work on how to keep your new year’s resolutions on track. Now, it is my turn to help. Based on my experiences, I recognized some effective and ineffective ways to advise you on how to keep your new year’s resolutions on track. I will share my simple advice on how to keep your new year’s resolutions on track.
Have Realistic Expectations
We set goals and objectives for ourselves and our business, but sometimes they are not realistic. On one hand, we do not give ourselves enough time to implement our strategies. On the other hand, we often pressure ourselves to do too much too soon. In each case, we are not wisely executing our strategies.
The only way to be certain that our expectations are realistic is by putting them to the test. After over three to six months of following your plans and strategies, you can fairly make assessments. You can wisely identify if your expectations are feasible or if you need to make adjustments.
Go ahead and continue to use the plans that are working, but use what you learned to improve those that are not working. For example, this may mean extending your timeframe to get results, trying a new approach, or even setting wiser goals. Whatever you do, I encourage you to make smart plans and strategies that best suit you and your business.
It is so easy to get discouraged when we do not quickly see results or none at all. This point is especially true when we are trying something new or doing something outside our comfort zones. However, every successful person we heard from acknowledged that it takes time and repeated efforts to make their goals and dreams real.
So don’t be hard on yourself. Pause to celebrate each step that takes you closer to your dream. You can also make a list to highlight your daily accomplishments, even if it is a small one. Treating yourself to something you enjoy is another thing you can do. Whatever you choose, always remember that every effort you put in counts. When I did this, it encouraged me to keep going, and I hope that it will do the same for you.
Have an Open Mind
Having the right mindset is the key to success. I have learned that success does not always come in the way nor at the time we expect it. Therefore, throughout our journey, we need to have an open mind to be prepared for the unexpected.
As much as we set our goals, work hard, and try to do everything right, we will never be prepared for everything. Failures and challenges will still arise. When they come, my advice for you is to learn from your failures, be willing to make changes, and never let disappointments overwhelm you.
This mindset will give you the strength and resilience to succeed.
Strike a Balance
Life and business flourish when there is a balance. Yes, it is important to work hard and commit to achieving your goals. However, hard work must be balanced with time for rest, family, and self-care. If you do not strike a balance, I have learned that motivation to keep going will become harder.
Realistically, we know there will never be a “perfect balance”. However, we can adjust our daily routines and schedules to meet our needs and priorities. So bear this in mind as you pursue your goals and dreams. Otherwise, you can get carried away with the demands of work and life.
There are many advice that I can give you on how to keep your new year’s resolutions on track. However, setting realistic expectations, celebrating progress, having an open mind and striking a balance are among the top points that come to my mind. The common thread among these tips is that it is okay if your new year’s resolutions do not go as you planned. Once you have realistic strategies, carefully test and make adjustments, celebrate your progress, and learn from your failures, you can develop the resilience to succeed.
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