As the year is ending and I am reflecting on my successes this year for me personally, and for my business, I’m now planning ahead for 2020. My family helped to give me a good understanding of the importance of goal setting through an annual tradition; each New Year we had to write down what we hoped would happen in the next year and what we were grateful for from the previous year.
This is how I like to set goals for my business today too.
How to make a realistic new year’s resolution:
Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based.
Statistically, according to Forbes, studies have shown that less that 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions, and only 8% actually accomplish them!
Here are eight ideas to help you set your new year’s resolution for yourself or your business:
- It has been shown if you make only one resolution, and channel all of your energy into that, you have more chance of success in achieving your goal.
- Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to choose what your resolution is going to be. You need to take time to think about it, to ensure it is the main area of your life or business that you want to focus on in 2020.
- Don’t choose resolutions that you have made in previous years and failed to reach. By doing this you are setting yourself up for failure before you start.
- Break your goal down into a series of steps, focusing on smaller chunks that are achievable, concrete, measurable and time-based.
- Know how the outcome of your resolution will impact your life or business. Understanding this will also help your motivation.
- Tell others so that you are held accountable and encouraged if you start to go off track.
- Create a plan in the way that works best for you to track your progress: in a journal; a computer spreadsheet; with pictures and graphics.
- Give yourself little awards as you reach your smaller goals, and a bigger award when you reach your final aim.
When I’m setting personal goals, I always ask myself, where I want to be; what I want to do in the year and then ask myself, what do those things look like?
Setting business goals is slightly different, and I ensure I take into account various areas, ie. sales; cash flow; and team goals.
Because I’ve taken time to set my goals carefully, my business has built gradually and successfully, rather than jumping into things too quickly. I do make mistakes however I always try to learn from them.
One thing is for certain in 2020, I will continue to campaign for better understanding and support of people who live with dangerous allergies and for my own industry to take labelling of all foods far more seriously. For people like me it can be the difference between life and death.