So the new year has finally arrived. How are you doing when it comes to achieving those New Year’s resolutions?
Goal setting is just the first step in the process; actually achieving those goals and objectives can be an entirely different beast! But the new year does provide you with the perfect opportunity to implement changes and improvements that can really transform your career and your overall life trajectory.
So how do you maximize your chances of sticking to those New Year’s resolutions, goals and other objectives? Consider these tips from consultant Judy Szablak.
Identify Your Obstacles
As you work to achieve a goal, you’ll inevitably encounter obstacles, which can arise as a result of outside forces or as a result of internal forces. So whether you need to overcome your own tendency to procrastinate in order to succeed in achieving your New Year’s resolution, or need to get past an external obstacle, take some time to consider the barrier and develop a strategy or plan for overcoming the challenge.
Make it a Habit
Establish new, beneficial habits that will help you reach your goal. Simply going through a particular ritual or routine (especially one that you enjoy) can go a long way toward enabling you to form a new, helpful habit. For instance, if you want to improve your communication with clients, commit to getting up early so you can stop by the coffee shop on your way to work so you can tend to emails without the distractions of the office — all while enjoying an incredible latte! Use the latte (or whatever else you enjoy) as motivation and incentive.
Studies have revealed that it takes an average of 30 days to establish a new habit, so be ready to commit to a minimum of 30 days.
Revise Your Goals When Necessary
It’s not uncommon to realize that your original goal is a bit unrealistic or beyond your reach. It’s good to push yourself, but it’s another thing entirely to strive toward a goal that you know you simply cannot achieve. So don’t be afraid to revise your goals if the need arises. Sometimes we need to achieve our dreams in stages. As the old adage holds, you must walk before you can run.
Be Forgiving With Yourself
It’s not uncommon to backslide or struggle when working toward a goal. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and it takes time to improve and implement change. For instance, if you’ve committed to returning client emails faster, but get hung up at an open house event and miss your evening email check, don’t throw in the towel! One failure or slip up doesn’t mean you should get discouraged or stop moving forward.
Similarly, if your New Year’s resolution is a health goal, like losing weight or quitting smoking, giving in to a cigarette or a piece of cake shouldn’t stop you from continuing your work toward that objective. In short, a single slip up doesn’t negate the progress you’ve made so keep working toward those goals. After all, the most fulfilling achievements are those that required a lot of hard work and commitment!
If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, turn to real estate professional and consultant Judy Szablak, founder and CEO of Szablak Consulting and Best Agents Online, LLC. With Judy’s help and expertise, you’ll take your career to new places, finding success that’s beyond what you believed to be possible!
Don’t forget to check out Judy’s related article on How to Set Goals to Grow Your Career in 2016.
If you’re a real estate agent who is ready to elevate your sales or if you’re a realty owner or manager who’s seeking a dynamic, expert coach to bring a new element of professionalism to your sales team and your brokerage firm, turn to Szablak Consulting. Call 855.438.5839 or complete the booking form.