Does Anyone Keep New Years Resolutions?

Does anyone really keep New Year’s resolutions?

According to U.S. News, 80% of resolutions fail by mid-February. That’s not very promising for the new diet you just started, or the direct sales business you’re launching so you can finally be debt free or quit an unfulfilling job. There has to be a better way.

I reached out to Lisa Bien, author of “Life Happens: Bounce Back!” to get her advice for making resolutions that stick, because Lisa is the ultimate goal getter. In the past few years, this single Mom of 2 has written two self-help books, launched a TV show, is an adjunct professor at Temple University and works full-time.

Here are Lisa’s Top 3 Tips For Keeping New Year’s Resolutions Beyond February:

Think Daily Instead Of Yearly: Make daily resolutions, or as I like to call them, “New Day resolutions.” A daily resolution keeps you focused on doable activities, so you can keep putting one foot in front of the other.

For example, one of my New Day resolutions is to be appreciative. Every morning when I wake up, I start my day with my “appreciation” list. Sound crazy? Maybe, but it works. Here are a few things that I appreciate: my boys, my family and my friends. Then, I’m off to the gym. Yes, all this before 6 a.m.! The gym is my happy place. It’s where I collect my thoughts for the day, get focused and think about the news of the day, my clients and how I can be the best version of me. I appreciate the importance of good health, mind and body. A dear friend of mine once said to me – “you have to take care of you before you can take care of others.”

Don’t make promises to yourself that put pressure on you or seem daunting. The things that make you appreciate life carries over into everything you do and keeps you going, even when you want to give up.

Stop Looking For A Quick Fix: Before I lost 50 pounds I thought the weight would never come off, but it did – slowly and steadily. When I started my business, it seemed overwhelming, but like my weight loss, slow and steady has become my business approach. Slow and steady is a lot easier than fast and furious and will lead to sustainable long-term success.

Be A Goal Getter: As we begin a New Year, think about daily goals, from losing the extra 10 pounds – to spending time ON your business, not just IN your business. Break your goals down so you know exactly what you need to do today to get where you want to be by month end. Don’t ever settle for what comes your way, set your goals and make it happen.

Whatever it is you are resolving to do this year – either in your personal life or in your business or marketing strategy – ask yourself this question: “Is what I’m doing right now moving me in the direction of my goals?”

As Lynn says, “If yes, decide to do it. If not, delegate it or dump it.”

And don’t forget to appreciate the little things that make big differences in your life and the lives of the people around you.

Happy New Year to all!

~ Lisa and Lynn

 

About the Author

Lisa Bien is president and founder of B!EN MARKETING GROUP, a South Jersey-based company that offers personalized service in analyzing, targeting and tracking marketing strategies in all communications platforms, both traditional and digital. Lisa holds a Masters in Education and has been an adjunct professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, for nine years, teaching courses that include Public Speaking, Media Relations Writing and Public Relations Case Management. For more information, please visit her website.

 

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Lynn Bardowski is an award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling author of Success Secrets of a Million Dollar Party Girl. She speaks to global audiences about Direct Sales Success, Women’s Empowerment, and Social Selling and is a resource for press, media and bloggers. Follow Lynn on her social sites by clicking on the icons on the top left of this page.

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