A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start. Whether that’s kicking a bad habit, starting a new one, or even finding a new career that you’re passionate about, the New Year is a great time for a new beginning.
But developing these new habits and changing your daily routines can be challenging. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as setting a New Year’s resolution and watching the magic happen. You have to work for that change. And here’s how you can start the New Year off the right way.
Figure out your goals for the New Year
For some people, setting goals is easy. For others, it can be difficult to sit down and figure out what you want to accomplish. However, whether your goal is big or small, your goals you set must be S.M.A.R.T.
What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?
You may have heard of these, but a S.M.A.R.T. goal is one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Essentially, you must set specific goals that you can measure. Whether that’s losing 15 pounds or making 60 more sales calls per week, your goals must be measurable, so you can track your progress. You also need to set goals that are actually attainable and meaningful or they won’t be accomplished.
To successfully accomplish your goals for the New Year, you must set timelines to your goals. You can’t just say I want to make 60 more calls per week; you have to set a timetable to help keep yourself accountable. So instead of saying you want to 60 more calls each week next year, you can, for example, give yourself a 3-month timeline to accomplish this goal. That allows you to break down your goal.
So, for this example, you can increase your monthly phone volume by 20 calls per month to gradually reach that 60-phone call mark by the end of March. This will all you to track your progress and hold yourself accountable throughout the New Year.
The 5-Second Rule
Have you heard of Mel Robin’s 5-Second Rule? If you haven’t, this tool is a great resource to help train your brain to stop overthinking. Instead of dwelling on something that makes you feel uncomfortable and talking yourself out of action, the 5-Second Rule helps you think less and do more.
Whether it’s having that difficult conversation with your boss about a raise or making one more sale call to land that deal, this tool will help you from talking yourself out of action. Unfortunately, we are often our own worst enemies and our biggest roadblocks. In just five seconds, we can come up with a million excuses to talk ourselves out of anything. While 5 seconds may not seem like much, it can be the difference between you reaching your goals.
The value of mentorship
You may already have a mentor or someone you’re close with that you can rely on to keep you on track. But if you don’t, I highly recommend finding someone you can turn to when things get tough. Whether it’s your boss, a colleague, or a family member, it’s beneficial to have someone you can rely on for advice and encouragement.
And do you know what’s the best part about having a mentor in your life? Having someone who will hold you accountable and keep you on track. It can be hard to hold ourselves accountable for our goals. However, a mentor will keep you focused on your goals and be there when it gets tough.
Hopefully, this helps you set yourself up for success for next year. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success next year and accomplish more than you ever thought you could. Happy New Year!