Every January, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions — which in essence are their goals for the year. Here are a handful of tips that can help you accomplish yours — even when they’re long term.

1. Discover Your Goals
Take out a piece of paper (or open a Word doc) and get comfortable. Next, close your eyes. Imagine the perfect scenario of what you’d like your life to look like five years from now — if there were no obstacles in your way. What would you be doing with your life or business? Once ideas start flowing, write them down, even if they seem far-fetched right now.

If you’re drawing a blank, ask yourself the following question: what do I love to do the most? Create your list of goals based on the answer to this question. Let it be your anchor, so every answer you write down is meaningful to you. If you focus on doing what you love, you’ll be more apt to do a fantastic job with it.

2. Clearly Define Your Goals
Vagueness leaves us directionless, but a goal brimming with details gives us a “high-definition” view of what our future looks like. Add as many details as you can to each of your goals, making them as vivid as possible. A clear picture of your goal is like an exact address (destination) you enter into your GPS. With an exact destination, your GPS — or in this case your brain — can plan a step-by-step route to get you where you want to go. 

3. Set Your Goals
Here’s where you create that step step-by-step route, which is your plan of action. It’s imperative that each step is manageable, or “bite-sized.” Here’s how Zig Ziglar and Napoleon Hill describe the process of developing your step-by-step plan of action: 

– Identify EXACTLY what you desire:

– Spell out exactly why you’d like to reach these goals

– List the obstacles you need to overcome in order to get there

– Identify the people, groups and organizations you need to work with to get there

– Identify what you need to know (learn) in order to reach these goals

– Develop a plan of action

– Set a date on it. When do you expect to get there?

– Write it all down! 

4. Overcoming Obstacles
Since we’re not working in a controlled environment, it’s likely that obstacles will present themselves as we work toward attaining our goals. Keeping a positive outlook, even in the face of short-term failure, is a major contributor to long-term success. That being said, seek out positive input from friends, books, seminars, etc. Keep your plan flexible and make revisions as needed. 

Happy New Year from Klinke Cleaners, and best of luck with your goals!