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Jan
03

5 Ways to Make Your Goals Stick for 2017

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new year new startThe New Year. It’s an exciting time because it brings with it new possibilities. It’s a chance to start over. A chance for improvement. It’s also a time when everyone rushes to make New Year’s resolutions. But how long do these ambitions last?

Well, I’m sure you’ve made the same observations I have. In the beginning of the year, there are tons of sales on gyms, exercise equipment, weight loss products, etc.

But what might you see if you happen to wander into a thrift store about the time of March? Discarded exercise equipment, of course!

So how can you make your goals stick? What can you do in 2017 that is different than previous years? How can you avoid the trap of useless New Year’s resolutions that are wishful thinking at best?

Here’s a few ideas to help you not only stick to your goals for the New Year, but to help you flourish in the process!

1) Set a few hours and/or days aside for this in late December.

Between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve is a perfect time to schedule some planning. You might want to do this for a whole day, several days, or set aside a couple of hours for a series of days. If you are able to get away for some kind of planning retreat, so much the better! Whatever you decide to do, schedule it in your calendar and make this a priority.

2) Include God in your planning times.

In fact, make Him the central focus. This may seem obvious, but instead of making your plan and hoping He’ll bless it after you have already written it , do this: Seek Him first and ask Him what He would have you do. THEN write your plan!

Because He is the ultimate CEO. Think about it. He owns a thousand cattle on the hills. He gave Solomon incredible wealth and wisdom. He had Peter catch a fish that had swallowed a coin so that Jesus and Peter could pay their temple tax. In fact, Jesus was a carpenter. He was a business man!

3) Choose a Bible verse and use it to write a mission statement for the year.

Writing mission statements based on Scripture has been hands-down the way I achieve the most accomplishment and laser-like focus. Not only does it motivate me to complete tasks necessary to reach goals, but it inspires me.

4) Think of goals for each area of your life.

You’re more than a work at home business owner. You are also (most likely) a parent, an adult child, perhaps a sibling or spouse, and you are a person! Create goals for several categories like spiritual, wellbeing, finances, school, home, and business based on your overall mission statement.

5) Dig deeper as far as your business goes.

The most important plan you can make when it comes to your business is a promotional plan. What products or services are you going to roll out? Will you have any launches? When will you have sales? When do these campaigns begin and end? What is your budget for advertising of these campaigns? How much in sales do you forecast? What do you need to do in your business to experience growth? How do you need to improve your brand? What training do you need to get? Do you need to find some help? What expenses can you cut? How can you build in systems to automate your business, including finances, email marketing, and sales funnels?

Now that you have these plans, take the next important step: put them in your calendar! Do these activities on a consistent basis and you will make your goals stick for 2017.

And that will bring you branding success!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Dana Susan Beasley, the creator of an online training program called Brand Identity Quest, helps Christian families create sizzling brands so they can build dazzling futures. A graphic artist, writer, and homeschooling mom to a special needs son, she is the owner of AngelArts, an arts agency and publishing house. It’s purpose is to inspire audiences to reach for new heights in their lives and beyond through excellently-designed publications and products using original art and literature. To take her free mini-course, 5 Steps to a Wildly Successful Home Business, click here to start now

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