New Year’s Resolutions in the Digital Age

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With a new year comes new year’s resolutions, or at least the attempt of them. Whether you stick through it or quit (hey, it happens to the best of us) is up to you. How can you make sure your resolutions are met in 2016? In this two-part blog series, we’re going to show you how to make the best resolution as well as how you can use technology to help you achieve your goal.

To begin, we’re going to take a look at your resolutions. Are you setting goals that are actually achievable and will motivate success? For example, many people resolve to lose weight in the new year. While this can be wonderful for a person’s overall health, this vague of a goal may halt progress. How are you going to do it? How will it be implemented? Where is the plan of attack? What happens if/when you begin to falter?

When making a resolution, it is important to find a personal connection to the goal. If the reason is because I want to,  your likeliness of achieving the goal is lower. Perhaps when you’re laying on the couch about to watch Shark Tank you will no longer feel like eating healthy and instead feel like eating half a box of Mint Meltaways. Bye bye, resolution. What is persuading you to make this resolution? If it is to lose weight, are you sick of how tight your pants feel? Are you concerned about your personal health? Have your feelings towards yourself or your appearance shifted? These may all be motivators that can encourage you to keep pushing with your resolution when times get tough.

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A great tip on keeping resolutions comes from Lauren Conrad. She suggests writing out your goals, framing them, and putting them somewhere you will see them every day as a reminder. What if, along with your goals, you wrote out why you wanted to achieve these goals? When you begin to falter, you could simply reread the frame and be reminded of why you are in this position and how badly you desire the resolution.

While this example has been focused on personal goals, it is important to note that this is just as applicable with business goals. Do you want to cut unnecessary spending? Why? What is your motivation to do so? How do you plan to help your business grow with the money saved? So simply can this lesson be translated to your company and creating as much success as possible with goals.

In our next blog, we’ll show you how you can use technology as a tool to increase your likeliness of achieving your new year’s resolutions. Stay tuned.

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