Happy New Year!
How many times have you sat down at the end of a year and vowed that things will be different in the new year?
Or sat down on the 1st January and spoken with vigour about all the things you’re going to achieve that year?
You set yourself goals, tell yourself you’re going to exercise more, eat less, work harder, earn more money and generally be a better person.
“New year, new me!” is so often what people declare.
But, is that realistic?
To expect that you’ll change things overnight, simply because it’s a new year?
Inevitably, you set yourself some lofty goals and then find yourself feeling deflated and demotivated within the first few days of the new year.
Maybe you’ve set goals that are way too difficult to achieve and aren’t actually all that realistic?
Or maybe you’ve set yourself too many goals at once and you know there’s no way you’ll be able to reach all of the goals?
Or maybe you’ve just declared you’re going to change too many things at one time and it’s going to be too difficult to implement and sustain?
There are dozens of reasons why people don’t stick to their resolutions and don’t achieve their goals. After all, haven’t most people given up on their new year resolutions by the end of January?
Setting goals & making resolutions is important (if you do it properly)
Don’t get me wrong, I believe setting goals is incredibly important, but it’s even more important to do this in the right way.
The reason why most people fail when setting resolutions or working towards goals is because they haven’t set the right goals in the first place.
You need to set goals that aren’t too easy to achieve, but that aren’t too difficult to achieve either.
Make your goals too difficult and they’ll seem way too daunting and overwhelming and you’ll find starting working towards them is just too scary.
Focus on setting goals that will still stretch you, but that are still achievable.
After all, if you achieve your goals quickly, you can always set new ones!
Another factor to consider is how your new years’ goals fit in to your bigger picture.
How do they connect to your long-term goals?
How do they connect your big ‘why’ – the reason you do what you do?
How to make time to action your goals
Another thing that’s so important when setting goals and targets is to make sure you have the time to actually achieve the things you’re setting out to achieve.
So often I hear practice owners say they don’t have time to work on growing their business because they’re too caught up with the day to day running and all that it entails.
But, if you can’t find time to work on your business and work towards your goals, how will you ever move forward?
How will you grow your practice, increase profits and have more time in your personal life?
The short answer is, you won’t.
In order to change things, you need to take the time required to make the changes and work towards the goals you’ve committed to.
And that won’t happen if you don’t MAKE the time. It won’t just appear from nowhere – you have to be committed enough to make the time.
Why accountability is the missing key to success
One of the major reasons why people don’t achieve goals or stick to resolutions is because of a lack of accountability.
In this industry, as a practice owner, it can often be lonely. It can be the same for all business owners actually.
It can be easy to feel like you’re the only person you’re holding yourself accountable to and that means it can be easy to give up on or lose sight of your goals. If you’ve only got yourself to hold you accountable and to a standard, what happens when you’re feeling deflated, down and demotivated?
The short answer is you give up.
What you need is at least one person who will consistently hold you accountable.
That way, you’ve got someone else who’s rooting for you, but also someone who will make sure you’re doing what you’ve said you’ll do.
If you’re a practice owner who thinks they would benefit from having someone to hold you accountable to your goals and targets, then you might be interested in my programme.
Not only will I hold you accountable, but so will every other member who is on the same journey as you.
Some of them will have been in your position before and worked through it.
Others may be a few steps behind you.
But the beauty of being part of a likeminded community is that everybody is rooting for your success.
Wishing you all the success in 2019.