Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Do you want to eat more healthy, go to the gym more regularly, or finally make that career change you have been dreaming about? (try Salt jobs for inspiration) We all come up with plans for the new year but only about 20% of people keep it. To avoid making promises to ourselves that we cannot keep, maybe try some business success strategies to achieve your plans for 2018.  

Here are some tips for fulfilling those resolutions:

1.) Choose an obtainable and specific goal. Going from CRM Manager to Neuroscientist or instead of losing a few pounds, wanting to look like a supermodel is not realistic for the majority of us, but promising to lose 10lbs in a month is or taking up further education to develop your skills for the next career step is. Write your plans down and post them up on your computer at work, the fridge at home, or mirror in the bathroom, somewhere you will see them on a daily basis (post-its work great).

2.) Avoid choosing a resolution that you’ve been unsuccessful at achieving before. This will only set you up for failure. If you are still tempted to make a promise that you’ve made before, then try adjusting it a little.

3.) Make a plan. At the beginning of January, write down a specific plan. Write your own personal goals and you’ll be more likely to succeed. Set several smaller milestones to achieve throughout the year that will help you to reach the ultimate goal.

4.) Track your progress. You can use a notebook, an app or a calendar, just make sure you keep track of your achievements and steps completed. Too much, too soon can be overwhelming so take it step by step.

5.) Ask friends, colleagues and family members to help you. Once you have announced your goals, you will have someone to be accountable to. The more people you share your plans with the more likely you will achieve your goals.

6.) Reward yourself with each milestone. Once you reach that first milestone towards your goal, treat yourself to something you want. Try to think of something complimentary to achieving your goal like a new outfit for your new role or a visit to the spa after you have been working out in the gym to relax.  

7.) If all else fails, get professional assistance. Everyone needs help, and sometimes a friend just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need someone to push you to do stuff until you can do it alone. Try to find a coach, expert or mentor to help you achieve your goals. Don’t feel that seeking help is a way of giving up. Often getting assistance from a professional greatly improves a person’s success rate.

Doesn't sound that hard, does it? It is all about setting yourself up for success, breaking your goal down into achievable steps and building up perseverance and determination. You will surely be proud and content when you know you can achieve your personal goal.

This article is based on https://sway.com/gqayKtUGG2DAuoLq by Chad Martin