Every year, millions (if not billions) of people around the world make exciting, life-changing new year’s resolutions – but as the months wear on, these resolutions are often forgotten or just don’t work out.
What is it about New Year’s resolutions that make them fail so often, and what can we do to avoid the same thing happening in 2014?
Are your resolutions realistic?
We’d all like to be wealthier, more productive, fitter, and smarter this coming year, but it’s important to keep New Year’s resolutions realistic – if it’s impossible to achieve your resolution despite your best efforts, you’ll either give up on it or put it off indefinitely.
Improve your life 10% at a time
When you make a resolution, rather focus on an area of your business or personal life that needs improving (or one that you know you’ve been ignoring lately) and try to get it 10% better. If you can achieve that, then push for another 10% improvement. On the other hand, if getting a 10% improvement is proving difficult you can simply set your sights on 5% and take it from there.
Know the difference between dreams and goals
Some people like to dream big, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Having big ambitions in life can motivate you to work hard and push for success, but your immediate goals may be a little more modest.
For example, you may want to retire with R 20 million in the bank and a villa in the south of France. This is a great financial dream, and there’s no reason you can’t achieve it with enough hard work and business savvy. However, making it your new year’s resolution to accumulate R 20 million and buy a luxury villa when your business is just taking off may not be realistic and it could even demotivate you – rather set your first goal at 1 million and build on that goal to make your dream a reality.
When you make your resolutions this year, keep them realistic and attainable. That way, you’ll have something positive and rewarding to work towards in 2014.