Effective New Years ResolutionsAlthough I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, the power of resolve can transform your life. The key is not to make it an annual thing. Rather, resolve starts the moment it is created. If you have some new year’s resolutions and want them to “work”, you must fuel them from the moment they are formed.  That’s right, if you’ve thought about or written down your resolutions, then get into action NOW about them. Otherwise, they are not resolutions. They are merely inert thoughts.

The definition of resolve (noun) is a firm determination to do something. Putting action behind the resolution once it is declared is rocket fuel for accomplishment. If you let it lie until January 6th, it’s like a beautiful helium balloon that has sunk to the floor and started to shrivel.

Get excited, if you start now, you’ll achieve that resolution sooner. By the way, starting doesn’t have to be hard. It can involve preparing, reducing the sugar in your home, buying the gym membership, going for a walk, making a few preliminary phone calls, mapping out your plan, etc.

In fact, I recommend a steady pace instead of a quick out of the gate start. If you start with a pace that is slightly out of the norm and moving in the direction of your goal, and create a vision to get to the actions that will give you long term success, you’re well ahead of the game.

Long Term Thinking = Success

Bottom line, stop thinking about your New Year’s resolutions as temporary fixes and start thinking long term lifestyle and success habits. After all, wouldn’t you rather have a long term win than a short term?

So what do you want?

What is one thing you can do today to head in that direction?

What will be the next thing?

What is the habit pattern you are creating to achieve your goal?

For example, this year my resolution is to systemize my business so that there are easy processes to acquire clients, develop and market products, and deliver services.  The simple steps taking me in that direction include: cleaning up records from 2013, evaluating various systems, creating a plan of products, revising forms and packages for clients, and clarifying my support team roles. Many of these steps are underway.

If you’re someone who likes to win then take your resolve and start today.

Additional Blogs on Productivity to Support Your New Year’s Resolutions

Once you’ve answered the above questions, read the articles below to complete your planning for the year.

How To Create Your New Year’s Business Plan

Be More Productive with Backup Systems

7 Steps to Brand Building for Busy Women

A Great Project Management Tool

Share your suggestions for success in the coming year in the comments below.