Saturday, January 24, 2015

How is That New Year's Resolution Going?

I have been reading a few things about fear of failure and relapses on resolutions and how most New Years resolutions don't ever last three weeks... sounds like a lot of doom and gloom out there!

This past Monday was allegedly "Blue Monday", the saddest day of the year. Likely because of bad /cold winter weather, holiday bills being due and yes the realization that we have once again failed to make a New Years resolution last in to February.

The key to getting that resolution to stick is to not be defeated by a lapse or two. Regardless of what the resolution is there is usually some element of breaking or forming a habit. Habits do not magically appear or disappear at the stroke of midnight the beginning of a new year, it takes time and it takes practice.

Changing behaviour and habits is a process, one that requires diligence, patience and persistence. Whether it is business behaviour (adding one extra sales call in every day) or personal (going to the gym every weekday morning) it is natural to have set backs as we adjust to the new behaviour and work towards establishing a new habit. Skipping the gym on Tuesday because you are tired does not mean you can't go on Wednesday, and again on Thursday etc,

Think of the first three months as the practice needed to perfect the new habit, but don't use that as an excuse. It is not failure if you miss a few days of your targeted sales calls, unless you give up and stop trying again. Use the practice time of  the first 90 days of 2015 so that you can hit your stride in Q2!