How to Succeed in Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions

Each year people ring in the New Year by making resolutions. 39% of people in their 20’s will see resolution success compared to only 14% of people over age 50.

The top categories for resolutions are:

Self-Improvement 47%

Weight Related 38%

Money Related 34%

Relationships 31%

During the first week, 75% of resolution makers work towards their goals. However, this number declines over time. By June the number has dropped to 46%; people have lost their momentum, given up on their dreams, or just plain forgotten what their resolutions were. In order to achieve resolution success and to not be a failure statistic, you must have a plan to succeed.

The first thing you will want to do is make a vision board. I hear you already poo poo’ing this idea. But it works. If you just write your resolutions down on paper, you lose the paper. If you write them in a journal, you close the journal and the “out of sight out of mind” phenomenon happens. You must have a visual that you see every day. A vision board can be a big poster board you hang on the refrigerator door or it can be as small as a 3×5 index card that you tape to the bathroom mirror and/or carry in your pocket or handbag and see throughout the day. I once had a client who was a realtor, and she taped one to the dashboard of her car to remind her every day why she was doing what she was doing.

Now how do you make a vision board? There is no real right or wrong way. Do what works for you. You can cut out pictures from magazines that align with your new year’s resolutions or you can draw the pictures, or do a combination of cutting pictures out of magazines and drawing.  You can use a white board if you don’t want to use a sheet of paper or poster board. Don’t overcomplicate this. After you have your vision board, you will want to design a strategy that gives you direction for achieving your resolutions. I recommend using the SMART acronym.

The SMART acronym stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. List each resolution on the top page of your journal or sheet of paper. Then, down the side of the page in your journal list each letter and word of the SMART acronym, and beside each word, list the corresponding direction you will follow to stay on top of working toward success in reaching your new year’s resolutions.

Example

Resolution – lose 30 pounds

S – specific – I want to lose 30 pounds in six months through diet and exercise

M – measurable – weekly weigh-ins will be conducted, track calories eaten and burned daily

A – achievable – five pounds must be lost each month or 1.25 pounds per week

R – realistic – (yes, this is realistic) – identify periods or situations that may sabotage eating and exercise plan such as Valentine’s Day, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day – tell people to not give me candy.

T – timely – yes, this is timely.

If you made the goal to lose 30 pounds in one month, it may not be achievable, realistic, or timely. Using the SMART acronym and creating your vision board does take time to complete, but it is worth the investment of your time. Make it a family activity or an activity you complete with friends. Remember, research has shown that those who share their resolutions are 10 times more likely to see success.  As you work through your resolutions you will once again have closure, hope, and direction.

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Get Your Customers to Fall Back in Love with YOU!

Welcome, February! Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. February is a great month to reach out and reconnect with your customers, clients or engage with your leads or referrals without feeling salesy or spammy. Below are tips to help you keep your customers falling in love with you over and over.

Show the Love Tips

  1. Send a Valentine’s Day card. Go to the store and buy some Valentines. Write a handwritten note specific to each customer or client expressing your appreciation for their continued business over the years. If it is a new client express gratitude and let the person know how much you are enjoying working together. If the person is a referral or lead tell the person how much you look forward to working together in the future. If you are creative you could create your own cards and have them printed at Walgreens as a photo. Then mail the photo in the same manner you would mail a postcard. This is cost effective ensuring you will not be left with hundreds of extra cards.
  1. Enclose a Sweet Treat. Remember, when you were in grade school and exchanged Valentine’s? Did you put a few of those cute little confection hearts with sayings on them in the envelope? If you are like me you labored over the hearts picking just the right ones for the person. Heaven forbid you put a mushy one in an envelope of someone you didn’t really like. Pinterest has great examples of how to send a fun size candy bar with a corresponding Valentine’s jingle. You could also enclose a gift card or gift certificate for a coffee or sandwich at a local establishment. Know your customers and clients. Send what will brighten their day.
  1. Offer a Sweet Treat for Free. Do not ruin the romance by offering a sale. Include an offer for a sweet treat from your business. This could be a free product or service. It does not have to be expensive. A tip sheet that saves the person money is appropriate. This is an opportunity for you and other business owners to promote each other. If you cannot think of what to give away then purchase gift certificates from another business.

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to connect with your customers and leads. The hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday are over. If you didn’t send a holiday or Christmas card now is your opportunity to reach out and express gratitude. If you did send a Christmas card and a small gift this is another opportunity to continue cultivating the relationship. Know your budget. Do not spend money you do not have. A box of the silly cards you sent in grade school will solicit a smile from the recipient and send the same message as a fancy card. I had a student a few years ago bring everyone a Valentine using the cards that school age children often exchange. I still have the “teacher” card. It brings back sweet memories of the class and my student. So, take a few minutes and decide who will be your Valentine this year. Design your Sweet Treat strategy and get to the store and buy those cards or have your design team create one unique to your business.

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