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Already Flunked Your Resolutions? You're Not Alone.

Welcome to the fifth and final segment of our New Year’s Business Resolution! Last week, we talked about how significant community involvement is to your business. Now, we’ll look into something that seems sort of counter-intuitive: thinking small.

Everyone comes up with resolutions in the new year. You have an entire 12 month period to do anything you want! It’s a time for new beginnings, and when you think of your goals, you often think in large bites.

For most of us, we envision ourselves as our most physically fit, with a company that earned more than it ever has, with a new car, new wardrobe and completely rid of every vice you had in the previous year. Self-help books push you to think big!

But here’s the hard truth - most New Year’s Resolutions fail.

In fact, according to USA Today, not only do most resolutions fail - they actually fail on the oddly specific day of January 17th.

Let that sink in: for a lot of people, despite their best laid plans and greatest of intentions, they will fall flat on their faces in terms of bettering themselves in the new year only a day or so past the midway point of the year’s FIRST MONTH.

There are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to help stay on track with your resolutions - most notably making sure to break your largest goals down into smaller, more attainable bites. Taking that logic a step further, our final tip for the New Year for your small business is remembering to think short-term, too.

January is the first month of the year, but it’s also just a month. A lot of people tend to think so far into the future, that before they realize it, it’s already June and they haven’t had a chance to start all the things they planned on doing in the New Year. Avoid that by making some of your resolutions a little more like regular, good old-fashioned weekly goals.

Instead of viewing resolutions like long-term visions for yourself (I want to be in shape and visit the gym more), make them smaller and tangible (I want to visit the gym three times this week). The same is true for your business. Instead of saying, “By the end of the year, I want to expand by 200%,” create a more modest goal. “Let’s exceed our numbers this week.”

If you’re able to commit to a small goal each week, by the end of the year, you will have accomplished a much larger goal.

In the same vein, don’t lose sight of the trees when trying to envision your forest for the entirety of the new year. This is especially true if the winter months tend to be slower for your business.

Like we said earlier, the new year is still the perfect time to take stock of where you are and what you should be doing in your small business for the year. But don’t let those lofty goals take away from executing each day.

We hope you enjoyed our New Year's Business Resolutions series! Follow us on social to get all our updates (all in the footer below!) and keep an eye out for our February series!

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