Cleaning business owners: If you have or will set New Year’s resolutions for 2017, remember these four things to succeed this year!
You smile with pride as you review your amazing list of New Year’s resolutions.
Perhaps you’ve decided to invest in commercial cleaning software for your cleaning business or start a personal fitness program.
Somehow, you just know that this is the year when things will be different. This time, nothing will stand in your way!
Your attitude is commendable, but seriously, what is your plan for overcoming roadblocks that defeat 80 percent of people who make resolutions? Excitement alone will quickly wear off.
We want every cleaning business owner to keep their resolutions in 2017. Here are four effective methods we’ve found to increase your chances of success:
Put Down the White Flag
What do people usually do when they set a resolution but don’t achieve it for some reason?
They might get frustrated, give up, and scrap it. They pull out their “white flag” far too early and quit altogether. This kind of behavior is harmful because it can sometimes lead people to develop poor attitudes about goals.
Dr. Roberta Anding, a professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, suggests interpreting resolutions as “resets” for life:
“What’s the difference?” she asks.
“While a resolution represents a firm decision to do or not do something, a reset is an opportunity to ‘set again,’ or set your habits differently. With a reset, you commit to moderate, realistic goals and making small changes every day — not just on Jan. 1. A reset also allows for flexibility as you progress and figure out what does and doesn’t work for you.”
“Each day allows for a new beginning, and hence it is a reset,” Anding said. “You can reset [your] goal every day. If you didn’t achieve [the] goal, you can re-evaluate every day.
Don’t Work Alone
How often do you set a resolution and plan to work on it by yourself without telling anyone?
No successful business person ever made it to the top on their own. They needed outside help along the way to get to where they are.
Additional support and encouragement will help you out, especially if you are trying to conquer something that you’ve never attempted before.
Consider telling a few people about your resolutions and ask them to follow up with you on your progress. Use helpful apps like irunurun and create support groups. You will be more motivated to stick to your resolutions.
Keep Them Out of the Drawer
Yes, it is vital to write down your resolutions but there is another important rule that some ignore.
Written resolutions must also be reviewed on a regular basis. Don’t write them down and stick them in a drawer where they will be forgotten within a few days.
Shawn Lim, owner of Stunning Motivation, a productivity and motivational blog, offers some additional insights:
“You have to review your goals every day or do it at least every week. If you did not review your goals and your results, you would never know if you are making progress or if you are on the right track. You want to know if your effort is giving you the result you desire.”
Don’t Be an Overachiever
It would be incredible to complete five things on your list within the next three months but is that very realistic?
One of the main reasons for failure with resolutions is people setting too many goals for themselves at a time.
Start by choosing only one or two goals to work on. Once you achieve those, set new ones and continue pushing yourself throughout the year.
Begin your successful 2017 with CleanTelligent Software! We offer many solutions for cleaning business owners, such as mobile inspections and work orders. Learn about our cleaning business software on our solutions page!