On the last day of the year it is traditional to make your New Year’s resolution.

The stroke of midnight signals your new start.

You will be resolved to achieve that weight loss goal, to spend less time watching TV, to ring your friends to talk rather than just sending a quick text message… or whatever it is you feel you need to change.

So how long will your resolution last? Are you set up for success or failure?

We are creatures of habit and it is so easy to slip back into our old ways. What is going to be different this time?

It’s just the same in our jobs or small businesses. Ambitious intentions to secure that promotion or launch a new product are commendable, but what are you going to do to make this happen? How will you stay motivated? Will your goal slip away as soon as you are busy just getting along day by day?

Create an action plan

You’ll need an action plan to achieve both personal resolutions and professional goals. It doesn’t matter how big or small the change, you will need to create a framework for success.

  • Think of your goal as a series of tasks, break it down and put those tasks in order of priority.
  • Set milestones. When will each stage of the project or task be completed? Map this out and set aside time for completion.
  • Define the resources you need to successfully complete each task. You might use the SCHEMES mnemonic to identify what you need – you may not need them all:
    • Space
    • Cash
    • Helpers/People/Outsourcing
    • Equipment
    • Materials
    • Expertise
    • Systems
  • Create a visual reminder of your action plan and keep it somewhere you can see it to ensure you keep on track.
  • And finally, my personal favourite, find someone to hold you accountable, and motivated.

I would love to know what your New Year’s resolution is, and what you will be doing differently this time to ensure your success.

I won’t wish you luck, but I will offer to help you plan and implement the steps towards achieving your goal. Please contact me and let’s make it happen together.