Leading the Year with Practical Resolutions
Small Goals See More Success than Big Goals
We are two days into the new year. How are your resolutions going? Chances are that you have put your best foot forward, and you’re already discovering these things might be a lot harder than you think! Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to empower you with leadership skills; skills that everyone working here has had a chance to hone. Today, let’s see how effective leaders set goals and resolutions for the year.
If you’re already struggling, take heart. Statistics show that 80% of resolutions have failed before January is over. If you’re heading in that direction, quit now. And start again with a smaller, more realistic goal. Here is how to get started.
Replace the Vague with the Specific
Too many people set vague goals and make unclear resolutions for the year. Have you fallen into this trap? Perhaps, “I want to lose weight this year.” Or, “I want to do better at work this year.” Or perhaps even, “I want to spend more time with my family this year.” They’re good goals, but they set you up to miss the mark because there is no way to measure if you have hit the mark!
Instead of vague, set goals such as, “I will shed 5 pounds of fat by Marc h 1st.” or “I will increase my sales by 5% by June 1st.” Or, “I will leave work at 4pm on Fridays this year.”
Replace the Big with the Small
Big goals are awesome. But nobody goes from zero to 100 instantly. Suppose you are an entrepreneur, and you made $35,000 last year. This year is your year. This year, you plan to earn over $300,000. That’s a big increase, and unless there is some amazing planning that has already been done, it likely won’t happen.
Instead of huge goals that are going to set you up for failure, set small goals that you can compound into a big goal. In January, shoot for $4,000 in income. Steadily grow it so that every month you get a little bigger.
Replace the Long with the Short
If your goal is to make it to the gym 5 days every week for an entire year, but you haven’t been to the gym in the last 3 months, do you really think you will be able to commit an entire year? If you haven’t been able to commit for a month, don’t expect a year.
Instead, plan small steps that give you little wins throughout the year. Commit to 2 days in the gym every week for January. In February, bump it to 3 days. In March, try for 4. In April, get those 5 days.
Replace the Won’t with the Will
Negativity mindset can sneak in and ruin our thought process. It comes in ways that we don’t even see it coming, and disguises itself as positivity unless we are careful. One way that we can recognize it is with the word “won’t”.
Instead of, “I won’t smoke cigarettes anymore.” Try saying, “I will commit to 30 smoke free days in a row.” Instead of, “I won’t eat as much junk food.” Try, “I will commit to salad with dinner 3 nights each week.” Instead of, “I’ll lose 10 pounds this year.” Try, “I will get 10 pounds closer to a healthy weight.”
Replace the Fail with the Learn
There will be a day when you don’t hit your goal. There will be a time when you mess up and do what you promised yourself that you won’t do. As a human, it’s going to happen. And as a human, you’re going to see that failure and your habits will tell you to slip right back into the comfortable lifestyle you had before.
You didn’t fail. When you don’t hit your goals, look at the day and determine what happened and what excuses you made. Consider what happened, learn from it, and resolve to get back on track the next day.
Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet
Resolutions and goal setting is great. But it only works when you have the proper structure in place to make it work. Most people don’t meet their goals, and bail on their resolutions, because they don’t break the big goal into bit sized chunks. Refocus your energy on the small short term goals, and your big long term goals will materialize on their own.
Big Sky Collision Center has the goal of being the best auto body repair shop in Billings. By focusing on doing the right thing every time, we can chip away at earning, and maintaining, that recognition.