Nearly 90% of New Year’s resolutions fail, and five days into the new year I’m about to jump on the bandwagon.
I’m already second guessing my resolution to start my organization business in 2014. Not because I don’t want to, if I could wiggle my nose like Elizabeth Montgomery and make it happen tomorrow, I would! And it’s not that I don’t want to work or even do the gratifying hard work to get there, but in my new mommy sleep deprived haze I wish someone would hand me a ten step program to GIT-R-DONE! If I can take the 35 foot plunge into the Caribbean at Rick’s Cafe, why can’t I take the plunge into an endeavor that could ultimately be a fulfilling and rewarding career and perhaps the best decision for myself and my family? Fear? Failure? Lack of time? All of the above?
I’ve never let those obstacles stand in my way before and usually I’m the one preaching “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy,” “All good things need time, care and patience to come into reality,” and “No great success was ever achieved without failure.” After all “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I should take my own advice! So enough of the obligatory inspirational quotes, it’s time to get my rear in gear and reset my resolution.
While all of those quotes breath the truth I should also know more than anyone else that being organized is the first step and I have that going for me! The best way to follow through with any resolution, whether it’s eating better, working out more, or starting a new business, is to follow these three easy steps.
- Set your Goal(s)
Whether you have 1, 10, or 100, document and post them somewhere you will see daily. You can do this by writing them on paper, typing them up and printing them out, or visually through a vision board. Once you have documented your goals hang them in your closet, on a refrigerator, on the wallpaper of your computer or iPad, etc. Wherever you will be most reminded and motivated to follow through with them. I’m a big fan of vision boards and have one hanging in my closet.
- Document your Tasks
A simple task list will help keep you on track. (Task list is just a fancy word for to do list)
Write down or type out your task list and place it somewhere that you can easily access and see daily. It’s a great reminder of your goals! If your task list is more extensive, such as one for starting a business, document the tasks in a spreadsheet. I personally like to do this in Microsoft Excel.
- Don’t Give Up or Beat Yourself Up!
One of the biggest lessons I have learned as a control freak and perfectionist is to not beat yourself up when things don’t go as you wanted. Life is busy and crazy and fun! And things will come up to derail you from meeting your goals and deadlines. The important thing is to not give up, persevere, and move forward. Good things come with time and hard work so you can’t expect to reach your goal(s) overnight.
Now that’s not too difficult is it? Easier said than done. Goals aren’t always fun and easy to achieve. There will be rough times and probably some tears, but in the end when you achieve your goals you’ll be a bigger better person for it. You may even feel untouchable like you can conquer the world and if that’s the case, *snaps fingers* you Go Girl!..or Guy!
Phew now that I got that off my chest I think I’m ready to get back on track. I just need to remind myself that this blog was about my journey to my business not the announcement of my already reached destination. Onward!