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Committed to Change

December 3, 2010

I was at the gym the other day and happened to notice a lot of new employees. It made me wonder if they were getting staffed up for the increase of new members that typically flood gyms each January. Those of us who go to the gym on a regular basis dread this time of year – classes are full, trainers are busy, and equipment is occupied by people only going through the motions of “getting fit” for the new year. They don’t seem to have the commitment to really want to change. 

I think this sentiment can apply to numerous areas of life – both personal and professional. How many of us have taken on a new hobby as part of our New Year’s resolution only to add equipment to a pile in the garage months later? And in business, it’s easy to get jazzed at the beginning of a new year and implement a slew of new programs and processes only to fall back to old habits by March.

But next year can be different. Consider the following tips for making changes in the new year that you can stick to:

Write out your goals. Day-to-day activities tend to override taking on a new challenge, but if you make a list and pin it up you’ll have a reminder of what it is you want to achieve.

Be realistic. Push the limits, but keep in mind some things may not be possible. You may want to cure cancer, but doctors and scientists have been working on that for a long time.

Adapt if needed. If something in your business plan/life changes, your goals may need to change too. Make sure they’re still relevant.

Celebrate accomplishments. At the end of each quarter take a look back at what you accomplished. You may be surprised how far you’ve come.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christian Stewart permalink
    November 23, 2011 2:40 am

    These are good practical tips to meet goals. I will have to write these on a sticky and place them on my monitor as a reminder.

  2. Amanda Gleason permalink
    December 6, 2010 8:16 pm

    Love these tips Elizabeth! I’ve always found writing out my goals helps a lot, and putting them somewhere where you can see them everyday is a great way to stay on track!

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