It has become a ceremony that many must perform at the start of every year. Even when they nothing has come out of their previous years’ ritual they will gladly perform some more with the hope that this year would be different!
Of course, I’m sure you already know what I’m talking about here. But in case you still cannot figure it out, I’m talking about New Year resolutions and goal setting!
Do I mean making New Year resolutions and setting goals for the New Year is a wrong thing to do?
No, and a thousand NOOOOOOOOO!
However, as you can testify (because I’m sure you have personal experiences) the excitement that moved you to make that resolution or set those goals in the first place, most times rarely last 3 months!
It is true that many hardly remember what their resolutions and goals for the New Year are after the first couple of months. They simply make these resolutions and set their goals but then they continue with every other thing they have always done.
Can I hear you already saying, that's insanity?
Yes, and that's exactly what someone actually called it. If you continue to do the same thing and expect new results, that's the sign of insanity!
So, may I inform you today that if you want to be sure of success this year 2014, forget about simply setting goals and making New Year resolutions. Take practical steps to ensure that you succeed.
If you have not taken a good look at your business activities in the past year, this is the time to do so. No, it's not too late, do it now! I did mine in December and I took the Christmas holidays to work on putting in place some very pertinent changes that you can see on this blog right now. I just wrote about that here. And, I intend to follow the path I have set out for the year.
How Can You Make 2014 Different and Guarantee Your Success?
In setting your goals and making 2014 the best year in your business, I want to give you the following 3 action steps:
1. Be Specific
You’ve heard it said, set SMART goals, right? Now look at the goals you have set for the year, are they really specific? Read most of the blogs that have posts on the blogger's goals for this year. Can't you see that something is wrong?
Look carefully and you discover that most of what is being referred to as goals in these blog posts are nothing but “to-do-list” for the year! There should actually be a goal(s) which these “to-do-list”, rightly called objectives, are targeted at achieving.
So, if you want to guarantee your success in year 2014, be specific about your GOAL!
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2. Be Methodical
Now, setting that goal is not enough if you want to truly achieve your aim. The next step is putting in place a methodology for bringing that goal to fruition. You must be methodical. Plan out your strategy. Take a look at what you have being doing and note what you will need to change and what you must retain.
This will require work but don't shy away from it. Take the time to carefully layout your strategy for the year.
From experience this is actually the bane of many online business entrepreneurs. Many do not take the time to do this. After setting what they call goals for the year, they simply continue with their work somehow hoping that things will fall in place.
But that is a fallacy! Things will not work unless you work on them!
3. Be Consistent
This is where many fall off.
In fact, it does appear that our human nature has a way of playing pranks with us here. When we set out to work on something the tendency is to always be on the lookout for results but once this refuses to come when and at the time we expected them, we quickly loss interest.
And, this has caused many a heartache!
If you must see results from your New Year resolutions or goals in 2014 you must consistently push on with your strategies. Be consistent with your methods. Of course, you need to evaluate them along the line but never make the mistake of switching from one method to another just because you saw someone else using something else.
- The woodpecker is able to accomplish its job because it is consistent.
- The spring of water is able to grow and become a mighty river because it was consistent in its flow. Meandering and snaking its way around obstacles, it continues its flow until finding the place of least resistance it spreads out to become a might river!
Do not allow obstacles and the troubles of life stop you from achieving your goal for the year. You have all that it takes to overcome that obstacle.
Remember, there's nothing that you're facing right now or will face that others have not faced. The Good News? Whatever obstacle that comes your way, you have all it takes to overcome it!
So, keep on keeping on and success will be yours!
It doesn’t matter what market you are serving. It does matter the competition you are up against. If you decide this year to really be specific about what you want to achieve, if you will be methodical in working it out and if you will stay your course and be consistent no matter the challenges, 2014 will be the best year you ever had!
I look forward to saying “Congratulations” to you at the end of 2014!
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