New Year’s Resolutions Smackdown for Entrepreneurs!
January can be the worst time of year to set new goals.
There's a lot of pressure this time of year to make positive change in your life. The real challenge is actually sticking to those new resolutions weeks or months after you made them. Unless you're extremely disciplined New Year’s resolutions can be more trouble than they’re worth.
If you feel you must make a few New Year's resolutions consider making a few anti-resolutions.
One of the best ways to do this is to choose a few things you will no longer do in order to make room for the things you really want to do.
Here are a few suggestions.
Stop working with clients that are a bad fit.
This can be a real time saver and stress reliever. It can be difficult, but firing clients that are a bad fit makes room for those who love what you do and understand the value of what you have to offer.
Stop explaining why you must say no.
Sometimes no is a good answer and it doesn't always require explanation. Just say “there's nothing more I can do” or “I'm sorry I can't help you” and then move on.
Stop putting off things 'til tomorrow that you should do today.
The more you procrastinate about the things you don't want to , more likely they are to add stress and trouble to your life. By facing those unwanted tasks head on, they soon become less daunting and certainly less likely to keep you awake at night.
Reduce the amount of time you spend on social media.
Social media can be a real time waster we all know that. Try adjusting the settings on your phone so that your social media accounts are only available through your home Wi-Fi. That way if you click the Facebook button out of habit when you're away from home, they will be nothing new to see and you'll be reminded you have better things to do with your time.
Stop thinking unhappy thoughts.
We all have a tendency to dwell on negative events or moments in our life where mistakes have been made. The solution is to take note of the life lesson to be learned and then move on. As a famous philosopher once said "we are what we think” so you're much better off accentuating the positive.
So take a few minutes right now and make a short anti-resolution list and make some room in you life for the things you really want to do.
The most important goals don't need to be on a New Year's resolution list. You already know what they are. Clear out the mental and material clutter by choosing what not to do. You'll feel better for it and your New Year will most certainly be filled with more purposeful activities.