How To Make A New Years Resolution – That Sticks.

It’s time to make a New Years resolution or two.

Too often New Years resolutions go unfulfilled – yet they are just the things we need to feed our creativity and dreams. New Years resolutions are a step to establish your reputation and set yourself apart from the crowd. 

Because they are so important, would you like to increase your chances of success?  I can help you with that… all you have to do is create a plan, starting by breaking each New Years resolution into the following 3 parts.

  1. Make sure your New Years resolution is tied to a defined, realistic objective.
  2. Break down your New Years resolution into smaller components.
  3. Include Time Management best practices.

Poor Example:

Resolution: Increase new corporate sales by 10% or more. [Note, there is not a plan here.]

Good Example:

Resolution: Increase new corporate sales by 10% or more.

    • 1. Objective: Be top sales person & an industry known expert by end of year.
    • 2. & 3. Smaller Components & Time Management:
      1. Establish an acquisition strategy including tracking sheet, promotional materials and conversation notes (scripts), by end of 2nd week of January.
      2. Every morning (8AM to 8:30AM) identify 2 prospect clients including a note on core competencies, a contact and their contact information.
      3. Screen Shot 2012-12-25 at 11.04.28 AMEvery Thursday afternoon (2PM to 3PM), mail 10 personalized prospecting letters.
      4. Every Thursday morning (11AM to 11:30AM)– telephone follow-up.
      5. Track Success.
      6. Re-evaluate and make adjustments to process after 4 weeks (set date & allow for time).

Too often we try to accomplish too much in too little time… without much of a plan.

Identifying an objective and breaking you’re your goal into smaller components is one of the most important steps. But, you also have to include Time Management. Without it you’re leaving your resolution to chance – and because most resolutions require you to change your habits (start and / or stop something), leaving your resolutions to chance often translates into failure.

My Time Management recommendation is to schedule your New Years resolution as an immovable recurring meeting and treat it with the same respect as a meeting with your boss. You’ll find that soon your new Time Management habit will catapult your success – perhaps in ways you didn’t expect. As you do this, remember your most creative / strategic time is in the morning – so leave your routine activities for the afternoon.

Embrace ChangeScreen Shot 2012-12-25 at 9.26.28 AM

Change is what New Years resolutions are all about. With that clearly in mind, know that every New Years resolution has a reward… and something will need to be sacrificed… or I like to think of it as invested. Your investment might be a little less TV, it might mean organizing your work schedule a bit better, it might mean being more strict with your co-workers / staff about when you have ‘available time’ to help them on their projects.

You Will Have Good Days and Bad Days

Some days will be good days – some days will be bad days. Acknowledge both.

It’s wonderful to celebrate good days, but bad days have a tendency to impact us long-term.  Don’t let a bad day throw off your plans and your success. One of the worst things we can do is to become focused on what isn’t working or how we expected it to be, so sometimes we just have to be OK with letting things go.

Silly Example Of Letting Go:

We can’t turn a stone into a gold nugget – so if we let that fact be, we now have room to explore other ways to get that gold nugget.

Inspirational Quotes


Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Le Proverbe au Vilain (c. 1190) 

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.


Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.

Winston Churchill 

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable.

If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.

Brian Tracy



Now is the perfect time for me to ask you… “What’s your New Years resolution and how are you going to break it down?” Start planning and succeeding today. Just remember, always pick yourself up and keep looking forward when you have a setback.

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