Posted by: Eric Wichhart | December 7, 2011

New Year’s Resolution

Another year is almost over and I hope it was a successful one for you and your company, but with the end of the year comes the challenges of a new year and creating the traditional New Year’s Resolution. Many people use the tried and true ones like loosing 20 pounds or starting to exercise. As good as our intentions are the gyms know that these resolutions most often only amount to a years worth of gym membership that you might use for two months. So, why do we all fail at our resolutions? We often fail at these resolutions because we have not set clear obtainable goals and a measure of accountability to make sure we achieve these goals. Without these two key elements, any change will be sure to fail. Then as the new year rolls around, how about trying something different? Let’s make a few goals at the beginning and have some accountability to get them finished.

When setting goals, they must be:

  1. Obtainable
  2. Slightly out of reach
  3. Measurable

Once you have a set of goals, you need someone who can hold you accountable to achieve these goals. A spouse, relative, friend or employee are not usually good choices for this position as they will often not hold you accountable or if they do, it can strain your relationship. The best choice for this person is either a peer who owns a similar type of business or a coach. A coach is often the best choice as they can not only help you set the goals, but they will keep you accountable from a outside perspective.

Take some time over the last few weeks of the year to create some goals, get an accountability partner and make the new year more successful than the last one.

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