Happy new year everyone! I can hardly believe we are now in 2018. I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. It is that time of year again when we all say: “New year, New me!” We make big plans for ourselves, our business, new ways to make more money, get fit and the list goes on! But how many times have you fallen short on your new years goals, or snuck back into old ways and habits? It can be a challenge, and feel overwhelming when you see that daunting new year’s resolutions list staring back at you. You start to doubt yourself, get distracted or simply think “it’s just too hard”. But I’m here today to help you clarify your goals, and break them down into digestible tasks, so you can tackle the vision you have for your business, studio and brand in the new year! In this post I will discussing how to define and prioritise your resolutions, in order to check them off your list once and for all!
Before we make plans for a New Year, I think it is vital to take the time to reflect on the year that was. While it is important to reflect on the business, which I will discuss later on, the following questions are a reflection on your life as a person and how you show up in the world. I recommend you try and find a quiet spot to sit down with a coffee, or a wine & answer and reflect on the following questions.
- Who was I in 2017?
- Where did I demonstrate growth in my personal life?
- Where did I fall short or not show up as my authentic & best self?
- What am I grateful for from 2017?
- What did I do really well?
- What did this allow me to achieve?
- In the future, how can I take more action and better realise my true potential?
Now, I want to discuss the 4 fundamentals for creating a solid foundation before writing your resolution list, and explain why these fundamentals are important. I will then go into what steps need to be taken for each individual goal, once your list is created.
So what are the 4 fundamentals you will need to build a solid foundation for your resolutions list?
- Make a plan: for your planning: Set a time aside each week to plan
- Create a plan to take some time each morning, or once a week to plan your week /day to A: feel less overwhelmed and taking each task one at a time & B: Stay on top of your goals.
- Time blocking. Episode 10.
- Before you can start setting your goals, you need to take your planning seriously. Don’t just write down your goals once and forget. Make the time to set your weekly and daily goals (ex.10:00 am monday)
- This will help to see your bigger goals in a more digestible way, as all they are is just the finished product of many little tasks which you do daily anyways…
- Let go of the past: New year, new you right?
- Let go of that which no longer serves you, your business or students.
- Don’t fear change; if something has worked for years no longer is working in your studio, look for new ways to improve and let go of the past.
- Learn a better way of doing something, be it a teaching method, part of your brand, way you communicate with your parents etc.
- You don’t have to throw out everything you’ve always done, but just take the time to evaluate your current situation and the changes that need to be made. What works, and will always work and what needs to be left in 2017.
- Welcome change!
- Reflect & Evaluate : piggybacking of the last point, what worked last year, what didn’t?
- What really worked well for you and your team last year? What feel short?
- What lessons did you learn?
- What lessons keep coming back to you, have your learnt from them yet?
- What changes do you want to make?
- What areas do you want to grow? What can stay the same?
- This will also show just how far you’ve come with your business. A year is a long time, what happened? What are you proud of?
- Growth: In what ways do you want to grow your studio? What will you need to do to make this happen?
- How do you want to scale & grow your business?
- Are you wanting to generate more income? How much? What will it go towards?
- Do you want to add more features to your studio?
- Are you wanting to expand? Hire more staff? Open another location?
- More events, workshops? Camps etc.
- Why is this important to you? How will you, your team, studio family and community benefit?
- Set clear goals, and the reasons behind them.
So those are the foundations one should keep in mind when writing resolutions for your studio and business, but let’s touch on how to actually accomplish them!
- Clarify the why!
- Take the time to go over your resolutions and make points beside them for your ‘why’ (see in download )
- You obviously know why, as you wrote it on the list, but I encourage you to dive a little deeper. This will connect you to the reasons why this goal is important to you which will motivate you when taking the steps towards that goal.
- Visualise! What will it feel like when this goal is accomplished? How do you want to feel? Why will it make things better?
- Be realistic….ish
- Are the goals you are setting realistic? Meaning not “easy” or “simple” but rather, do you have the resources, time and support to accomplish them? Maybe a certain goal, is a 6 month or more goal, which is fine, but is this feasible for you? Are you in the right place financially? Do you need help? Are you setting a realistic time frame? Consider all the factors and check in with yourself and team before putting the goal on your list. I’m am not trying to scare you away from writing your biggest goals and dreams on your list, but rather want to think clearly when setting your goals in order to accomplish them in a manageable way, but by all means, shoot for the moon!
- Time frame
- Are you setting a feasible time frame? Stemming from my last point, I want you think about each goal, and from there set a time frame to complete it. I mentioned Parkinson’s law episode 10, which is “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” meaning the more time you give as task or goal, the longer it will take to finish it. Do not rush tasks, especially if the are larger projects, but make sure not to give yourself more time than to need or it may be going on next year’s resolutions list…
- When making your list, either weekly, for the year or even daily resolutions, it will help you to break down and prioritise them. Like I said in the beginning, resolutions can seem big at first, but it is breaking them down into sections, time frames, and even creating milestones along the way that will ensure you accomplish them! Prioritize your goals individually, as well as the subgoals within each set of tasks, which will make up your bigger goal(s).
- Set a plan into motion:
- Now that you have the other things in place it is time to actually make your plan!
- We all know that making a plan is easier than just making a list. It is putting the list into motion by taking the tasks within your list and turning them into practical steps you physically take!
- First your write you list, you priotiese that list, set time frames, break down your goals into digestible tasks, and outline your why.
- You discuss these goals with your team, integrate their input and write tasks in a daily, weekly, and monthly calendar or schedule (see in download).
- From there you can ask for guidance, get coaching, and basically just take it day by day.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your business. Be kind to yourself, take the necessary steps to accomplish your goals on a daily basis and be patient. You can achieve your dreams and goals. This is a new year, and you can be a new you. It is up to you and remember that you have the support you need as well.
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