The new year is the perfect time to take stock and set goals for the year ahead. You may have plans to eat better, exercise more, or finally take that trip to Europe you’ve been talking about forever. For business owners, making new year’s resolutions can significantly impact their success. Here are a few of our favorite new year’s resolutions for business owners in 2019.
1. Find a buddy
This may be the most important item in this list of new year’s resolutions for business owners. The American Society of Training and Development did a study on accountability. They found people are 65% likely to meet a goal after committing to another person. Pretty good increase. That chance of success increases to 95% when they build in ongoing meetings with their partners to check in on their progress. That’s a huge difference!
Bottom line: write down your goals, find a buddy, and then make sure you regularly meet with them. You’ll be checking those items off your list faster than ever!
2. Communicate Better
Essentially, turn your focus to quality over quantity. You can blast out 10 Facebook posts every day and retweet all night long, but there are ways you can connect with your current and potential clients better by doing less. Instead, focus on posting interesting, timely information that encourages your audience to interact with you or share your content.
Quick ways to do this:
- Respond to comments on your posts.
- Leave comments and like content on other pages.
- Include personal notes on pictures or posts that you share.
Take the time to make a few real connections every day and you’ll see your relationships strengthen.
3. Extend a Hand
Think back to when you were first starting out in your career. You were probably excited and hopeful while simultaneously feeling nervous and unsure. Did you have support, or could you have used more?
One of the best new year’s resolutions for business owners is to pay it forward. Reach out to someone in your industry just starting out and who could use mentoring or a sounding board for advice. Your generosity will not go unnoticed, and you will be seen as both an expert in your field and as a person people want to work with.
Not sure how to find someone? LinkedIn has a great feature called Career Advice. Answer a couple quick questions and they’ll match you with someone based on your preferences.
4. Think Ahead
As you think about your new year’s resolutions for 2019, consider 2020 and beyond. Just the idea of this task can seem daunting, so start by making a list or marking up a calendar. You can go the old school paper route and find a planner to use. If you prefer to keep things digital, check out some of these goal tracker apps.
Write out what you’d like to see your business become. Include goals both personal and professional you’d like to achieve. Think about what steps you can take to make those dreams a reality. Use this plan as a motivator to stay on track with goals throughout 2019.
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5. Prioritize Balance
The workday for a small business owner doesn’t always end at 5 pm on a Friday and pick up at 9 am on Monday. In addition, burnout is on the rise. Burnout affects both your mental and physical health, so it’s important to make sure you take the time you need to recharge.
Great ways to work in balance:
- Exercise as often as you can.
- Spend time with people you care about.
- Get some sleep at night.
- Carve out time for yourself.
Shifting even a small percentage of your free time to yourself will have big benefits. With your mind refreshed and your body energized your personal success will benefit.
6. Consider Delegation
Small business owners and entrepreneurs are used to doing everything, but should they? Shifting work to someone else can be difficult, especially for those who are used to wearing every hat needed to run a business. However, delegation can open you up to focusing on what you love and what you do best.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What do you dread doing?
- What overwhelms you?
- Can someone else do in minutes what takes me hours?
The answers to these questions may lead you to work that you can and should delegate to someone else.
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