I love New Year’s resolutions. I. Love. Them! I love them because they help me focus my efforts and (occasionally) accomplish something that I kinda’ sorta’ feel good about, and I like that. Mind you, I’m not completely naive. Many of us struggle with keeping our New Year’s resolutions. There are any number of reasons why but one may be that we fail to recognize the complexity inherent in changing our behavior. In fact, the word “change” may not do the challenge justice. We change our clothes, change our address, change our mind—we change things all the time. How hard can it be? The problem is that changing an ingrained behavior is not the same as changing a shirt. Changing our behavior requires us to consider all of the individual facets of not just what we do, but why we do it.
Here at Vivifi, we’ve made our New Year’s resolutions (otherwise known as strategic objectives). Here are a few ways we’re focusing our behavior which is based on our company culture, the thoughts from lots of smart authors, and frankly, the school of hard knocks:
Practice positive self-talk
Your self-talk is how you inspire yourself. The scripts we recite to ourselves can have a tremendous effect on our outlook and performance which tends to leak out to either motivate or demotivate those around you. Take a lesson from the little train that could and tell yourself that you’re going to pull this off! This is especially important when you slipup. Minor missteps along the way are inevitable. Don’t give up because you ate a brownie or missed a deadline you gave yourself. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track. It doesn’t matter how many times you stumble, so long as the number of times you get back up exceed that number by one. Perfection is unattainable; progress is the goal.
Take small deliberate steps and communicate them…a lot; to everyone.
It’s all about setting small attainable goals and recognizing when they have been achieved. Don’t be afraid if they seem too small or mundane. A small goal achieved is better than a big goal missed. Besides, stack up enough small accomplishments and pretty soon you’re rocking the big ones. For example, his year, we here at Vivifi are determined to finish our book. Yes, this is the same book we were determined to finish last year. But this time we’re taking a different approach. Instead of saying “I’m going to work on the book,” we’re saying something like “I’m going to write in this one small section for 30 minutes.
Be flexible in your approach to improve
At Vivifi, our road as a partnership has not been straight as an arrow, nor what we envisioned at the beginning. Sometimes it’s easy to see a need to change your approach (service offerings, name, support team, strategy, etc.) as setbacks, but we prefer to see them as necessary developments as we continue on to our end goal. Over the years we’ve learned that life throws curveballs. Be willing to learn, grow, as well as jig and jive as you meet life’s challenges. Continue to improve and revel in success, even when it is different than what you initially imagined.
Of course there are many more tips to make change stick out there. What do you do to get change to stick? Let us know. We would love to hear your stories!