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Dear Dr. Terri K: This year flew by. I started a business and feel that my energy was somewhat scattered doing a lot of busywork. I didn’t make the revenue I wanted. My personal life is also in shambles. I’m gained some weight. I work around the clock and have no time to spend with my girlfriend. She will be my ex if I don’t shape up – physically and timewise! How can I make resolutions for my entire life that will really stick? – BILL, New York
Bill: First, congratulations for taking a moment to reflect and reach out. If you’re an entrepreneur, it’s even more important to set goals for your personal life, as well as your business. Here are some suggestions to make it easier to start your year off right. It’s my Five “R’s” of Making & Keeping Resolutions:
Reflect – Take time to look back on the previous year and do an honest assessment of what you’ve accomplished. If it’s your first year in a new business, you might have been doing some “set-up” work. That’s fine. Think about what worked and what didn’t. Make sure to get your eye back on the larger vision.
Rank – Don’t try to change everything in your life at once. Prioritize. Focus on one to three big goals for your business and your personal life. Then break them into smaller, more attainable ones. Develop a detailed action plan for each one.
Reset – Create an environment of success. If you need to be more efficient in your operations, clean up your office and create a better filing system! If you are trying to lose weight, throw out all of those cookies in your cupboard! You may also have to shift your mindset.
Review – Keep your goals top of mind, take daily action and review your progress. Mark down quarterly deadlines and milestones so you can better monitor and motivate yourself. If you can, find a commitment partner to help keep you accountable.
Reward – Treat yourself to supportive rewards for hitting milestones. If your goal is to manage your budget better, don’t reward yourself with a big expensive item – have dinner with some old friends instead. Also, don’t beat yourself up if you fall off course, take the learning and simply start again!
Today, take control of your Self. Organize your life around your Purpose. Set specific and realistic goals. It all starts with the Power of Choice!
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA. Part of the Power Living® Empowerment Series. Learn more about transforming your life in 40 Days to Power Living®: Think, Eat & Live on Purpose.
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