It’s a new year and a great time to make changes, but if you’re anything like more than 40% of the American population, you won’t even keep your New Year’s goal of being your own boss past the first month!
It’s true! Studies show that most people never achieve what they set out to at the beginning of each year. And while the statistics are a little sad, that doesn’t have to be you. There absolutely are ways to ensure that you reach your New Year’s goal of being your own boss, and maybe approach them from a new perspective.
Whether your goal is to lose weight (the #1 New Year’s resolution made) or reach your goal of being your own boss, this blog post is going to give you some actionable objectives to take with you into the coming year.
Are you ready?
1. Choose Your New Year’s Goals Wisely
Before you even think about setting a goal, you need to take the time to decide what is truly important to you. I’m assuming that being your own boss is one of your main goals this year.
I always recommend setting very few New Year’s Resolutions. Focus is key here. If you can set one big New Year’s goal (such as being your own boss) that could change your life, you can devote all your energy to that and be more likely to stick with it.
An example of mine would be the year I decided to become a full-time freelance writer. That year, I focused all my perseverance and determination on that one goal. I also achieved it WAY ahead of schedule!
2. Review the Previous Year
This is important. Take inventory of the goals you set last year. Write them all down and decide which one or two were the most important. Did you achieve them? Are they still important?
If you did achieve a New Year’s goal, decide if it’s something you can build on. For example, when I achieved my goal of starting my own business, the next goal would be to grow that business by a certain amount.
On the other hand, if you failed at sticking to that goal, is it something you need to revisit, or is it something you need to move on from?
Taking inventory can help you gain better insight into what keeps you motivated and what is and isn’t important.
3. Write Them Down
It sounds simplistic and you’ve probably heard it more than once, but people who write their goals down are 50% more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. Our minds are powerful weapons. Don’t neglect this simple yet powerful step!
4. Break Them Down
Breaking your goals down into actionable steps is crucial and I have a little secret weapon I use.
I prefer to live by the 12-Week Year. You can read the book for yourself if you’d like, but basically it’s just a way of breaking your year up into quarters, so that you are more likely to stick to them.
You see, it’s very easy to put your goals off when you know you have an entire year, but if you give yourself 12-week deadlines, you won’t have time to waste. This doesn’t mean you have to achieve every big goal in 12 weeks. If it’s a huge goal, you can break it down into quarters.
Of course, you don’t have to use the 12-week year plan. You can simply break your goals down into daily, weekly or monthly segments. Whatever works for you.
5. Keep Them in Front of You
Finally, don’t let those goals out of your sight! Keep them with you everywhere you go. In your wallet. On your mirror. In your car. Wherever you will see it every single day to stay motivated.
I’m a big fan of vision boards, but if that’s not your thing, just read over your written goals at least once a day. Don’t let yourself forget!
Motivation is hard. It’s not a constant, and it’s something we have to work at every day. You’re the only one in charge of your motivation, but these simple keys can help keep you on track. The bottom line is to make sure you do what needs to be done to achieve your New years resolutions and goals no matter how you feel.
I believe Zig Ziglar put it best when he said, “Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it.”
Will you achieve your New Year’s goal of being your own boss?