5 Simple Resolutions for 2018

The New Year is often a time when we take stock of our lives both personally and business related. What were our successes and challenges, where are improvements needed? The list goes on and on. Typically, we set ourselves up for failure and disappointment with resolutions that are just too big and not realistically achievable!

When determining our resolutions, it does pay to follow the K.I.S.S system – Keep It Simply Silly! When you create resolutions that are achievable you will be setting yourself up for success instead of more perceived failures!

1) Focus on YOU!

Yes, you, your wellbeing is important! As the saying goes “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” When you decide to focus a bit more on yourself the world around you changes as well. Look for small easy changes to make that over time will add up a lot. For instance, if you’re tired of operating on a sleep deficit, resolve to go to bed just 15 minutes earlier each night. It may not seem like much but this small adjustment adds up and before you know it you’ll be feeling more rested and energised.

Resolve to …

  • Go for a 15-minute walk on the lunch hour
  • Take a yoga class once per week
  • Learn to meditate


2) Resolutions at Work

Setting goals at work is no less important than setting them on your personal life. They are very helpful gauges and also help to ensure you are on a forward path.

Resolve to …

  • Take a risk and be proud of it
  • Set a new goal each month
  • learn a new skill


3) Take Charge of Opportunities

Sometimes we need to create opportunities for ourselves, especially when we’re feeling stuck or are unsatisfied with our work.

Resolve to …

  • Join a project that’s outside of your comfort zone
  • Explore lateral opportunities with your employer
  • Attend an industry conference


4) Learn to Lead

Just because you’re not at the helm of the company you work for does not mean that you can’t be a leader. There are many ways to effectively lead and the development of leadership skills is never a bad idea anyway.

Resolve to …

  • Offer to lead a new project at work
  • Become a coach or act as a mentor to a new employee
  • Take a leadership seminar


5) Always Reward Yourself

Treating yourself with a little extra bit of kindness and rewarding yourself for the small wins and victories is helping you to continue to move forward to bigger goals and a far more enriched life both personally and professionally.

Resolve to …

  • Choose one small personal win each week and celebrate it
  • Choose one small business win each week and celebrate it
  • Show appreciation and gratitude to your family, friends and co-workers

When you set smaller more manageable goals as building blocks to a larger goal instead of going all out will in all likelihood leave you feeling as though you have accomplished some important resolutions instead of the let down and failure we often feel when we don’t achieve our grand resolutions. Injecting more positivity by celebrating small wins is far more conducive to a happier life than consistently setting large resolutions and experience failure. Little changes add up over time and are often all the better for that!

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