New Years Resolutions: How to Create and Stick to Them

We’re all ready for this new year. We have our hopes and ideas for the future in all areas of our lives. Sometimes, all we need is to keep these new years resolutions or goals in our own head. For the rest of us, this takes some in-depth thinking and consideration.

How do you decide what your resolutions (goals) should be for the new year? How do you commit to them?

This is a strategy I’ve found successful in my own goal-setting year after year.

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Setting SMART New Year’s Resolutions

These are my own professional new year’s resolutions for 2018. Read through them and you’ll notice a trend…

  • Increase blog subscriptions to 1,000 by July 1st and 1,500 by December 31st by publishing at least one high-quality article a week and promoting it through all social media accounts at least once per platform
  • Finish writing the first draft of my book to submit to publishers by August 1st.
  • Guest write 5 articles for at least two industry leaders’ blogs by July 1st, adding up to 10 articles by December 31st

Do you notice an important aspect of those goals? They’re S.M.A.R.T. You can’t expect to achieve your goals if you don’t make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. By creating thoroughly planned out goals, you have a significantly higher chance of following through successfully.


Why Setting Goals for the New Year Matters

Sure, setting SMART goals can be tough, and you might think it’s not worth trying. Maybe you have an especially strong self-doubt holding you back. However, I really do think it’s worth it.

Take a moment to think about what could be better in your career and life as a whole. Think about how much better things would be if you achieved your goal(s).

Keep in mind that the stronger the goal planning, the more likely you’ll succeed. By succeeding, you see results and become far more confident than if you never tried at all. It’s a great boost to your personal and professional future.


What Makes a Goal Worthwhile?

There are tons of articles out there that say you’re doomed to fail at any resolutions you set for the New Year. I’ve read through a bunch of them, and while most refer to personal goals, they almost all insist there’s no point in trying.

One article I read talked about the typical exercising and losing weight goals. In the professional world, I think these equate to goals for business gain and not for the betterment of others. If you’re going to set goals, make sure they aren’t for your benefit alone. Otherwise, you’re bound to have a problem staying motivated. When others are depending on you to help them in some way, you’re much more likely to keep working hard. You realize that while your self-focused goals can easily disappear, public goals don’t just go away without consequence.

For example

  • Your self-focused goal: I want to¬†increase sales by 20%.
  • Your public-focused goal: I want to generate a 20% increase in sales by engaging with my target audience on social media to discover their needs and bring awareness of my business to them.

Besides being more specific, do you see the difference between the two? The public goal serves a dual purpose. Your activity on social media gives you a way to learn about your targets and what they need. This will help you connect those needs to your products, which will ultimately help you increase sales.


What are Your Professional Resolutions for 2017?

Leave a comment below to share your story and hold yourself accountable.

Don’t forget!

Make sure your resolutions are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time-based

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