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Empty promises … stolen dreams

 

 

Making monthly resolutions!

 

happy new year's resolution

 

 

The end of the year is hurtling towards us at break neck speed. Our annual ritual of making New Year’s Resolutions will be upon us. Are you ready? Are you going to participate again this year? Why not? It’s a tradition.

 

We make our resolutions, but are they nothing more than empty promises to ourselves? They are made with the best of intentions, but we break almost everyone of our resolutions. The funny thing is that we will no doubt be back next January 1st to do it all over again. Well, maybe funny isn’t the right word.

 

Bong, bong, bong … etc. I’m not going to type all 12 of them, but the clock strikes midnight and we have our resolutions all ready to go. We might want to lose weight, quit smoking, make more money or any number of other ideas we had the night before.

 

Almost everything on our lists are things that will change us or change our circumstances. You would think that they would be good for us and that we’d try pretty hard to make those changes. Yet, we give up on those dreams after a week or so. It doesn’t make sense!

 

I’ve always liked the idea of having a resolution that you make at the beginning of the year. However, most people give up on their resolutions after a week or so.

 

Some people actually make the change permanent, but not many. I have a different idea, I’d rather take stock and make a resolution at the beginning of each month. Even if you give up on a monthly resolution after a week or so, at least you will only have another 3 weeks before you make another resolution.

 

set new goals each month

 

You can look back at the previous month and determine what positive steps you took toward you last month’s goals. Your goal may have been to talk to 5 people per week about your business, you wanted to read every night for 20 minutes and you wanted to learn how to generate offline leads. Ask yourself how well you did in your attempt of reaching those goals. How many people did you talk to each week, that month? Did you read a book for 20 minutes each night? Have you learned how to generate offline leads yet?

 

Maybe you reached all of your goals and maybe you didn’t. Celebrate those goals that you reached and celebrate those things that you started. Getting started is the toughest part of reaching your goals!

 

Now is the time to get prepared to reach your goals for next month.

 

What actions can you improve on? If you didn’t read for 20 minutes every night, how can you improve on the number of days that you did read? If you didn’t talk to 5 people about your business each week, what steps can you take to reach 5 people per week?

 

If you did reach one of your goals, you can ask yourself how much farther can you go on that. If you read for 20 minutes every day, how many more minutes can you read this coming month?

 

Doesn’t this make more sense than making an annual goal that most people never accomplish?

 

Breaking down your goals into smaller chunks makes them seem much more attainable!

 

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