Sticking to New Year's Resolutions

It’s February. I know, I can hardly believe it myself. Remember a little over a month ago when you made your big claim of a new year’s resolution? Are you now thinking, “oh ya, forgot about that. Guess I should get on that?” Well, you aren’t alone.

February can be a terrifying month. It’s a realization that yes, you are actually in a new year and a whole month has passed and you feel like you haven’t accomplished really anything. The freak-out is normal and we all get past it, I promise. However, just a few, easy precautions must be taken.  

Sometimes we forget to just calm down and remind ourselves about what is important. Life is busy and constantly changing. Set aside a few moments each day to light a candle, turn off your cell phone or simply be still. It’s these moments where you will remember the important things. You will remember that caring for your mind, body and spirit is actually way more important than five more minutes of answering emails. In this moment, take time to remind yourself of whatever promise you made to yourself in January. It’s as simple as that!

We always measure our progress in business. This is a perfect opportunity for you to do the same, but for different reasons. Measuring keeps us accountable. Just as you keep reports on your social media analytics, start recording your progress on your specific goal. Seeing it written down on paper will make it much more realistic and tangible. This can also be as creative as you want it to be. Journaling or blogging is always a great way to keep track of your life or business and its ventures. Make it “your thing” and inspire others with your words and your actions. It will do you a world of good.

We all love to talk about ourselves. So do it! Whether your resolutions are business related or personal, tell someone. Don’t be annoying about it, but telling others will increase your accountability. The people you tell should, and will, be supportive in your journey to reach your goals. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily work grind and completely forget to take a quiet moment or record your success. It takes one person asking how your resolution is going to remind you that you need to get back on top of things.

New Year’s resolutions have a bad reputation sometimes, but it’s only because we can’t commit. Make this February your defining moment. Lose the weight, increase your sales or travel more. Whatever it is, there is nothing holding you back from getting it done. You may have had a full month of excuses, but there are 11 more months to accomplish those goals and better yourself, your business and your peers.