I hope you had a good year in 2015, but plan for a fabulous 2016. May it be a prosperous New Year! Health and happiness to you and your loved ones!
The last days of the year or the first few days of January are a good time to think of your past year, with your accomplishments and failures, and to look ahead into the next year, defining your expectations.
Some may argue it is best to only look forward and let the bygones be bygones. I dare to disagree: analyzing what worked and what failed, and especially why, is a huge step before moving forward.
Just like writing down your New Year’s resolutions is an important ritual, especially if you consistently track your progress throughout the new year.
Try to avoid these three common mistakes when you lay down your New Year’s resolutions:
- Don’t set out too many goals. Three yearly goals work great for me.
- Don’t consider unrealistic goals.
- Unclear or general resolutions won’t help. Neither will not tracking your progress in realizing them.
Sharing or making public your resolutions can help you stay on track and determined to do the extra effort needed for achieving your goals. People whose opinions you respect should know them, and pull your sleeve if you’re drifting away from your goals.
I’ve been teaching one way or another for many years. Which helped me outline my dream clearly: to grow myself, then teach and help others to step up and inspire them to offer help in their turn.
That leads to my first resolution for 2016:
1. Help or inspire at least one person to step up
Just as I receive help or inspiration from others, I want to pass along the knowledge and offer my help. Tracking the progress in realizing this resolution isn’t easy, but if I make a difference for one person in 2016, that will be gratifying enough.
2. Save 20% of my online earnings but reinvest 80%
In 2014 and 2015 I preferred to reinvest 100% of my online earnings to fuel a more rapid growth of my online businesses! Before 2014, I usually sought free opportunities, only to make a few cents here, a few bucks there and occasionally more, but most of the time aimlessly.
So, I understand those who seek free opportunities, because I’ve been there not so long ago. The real jump in your results comes after you consistently invest (and reinvest) in your personal development, in paid services, upgrades and advertising, as well as in your own products.
To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, in 2015 I reinvested exactly 4,045.29 US dollars from my online earnings (all of them!), in my personal development, the growth of Adrian’s Hub, for services, upgrades and advertising. I intend to increase that amount in 2016, even after deducting 20% of the earnings that I’ll save, because that is the only way to grow. Spend money to earn money!
3. Keep my regular breaks on a short leash
Please allow me to expand this resolution into sub-goals, to make it clearer.
First, I will take one to three vacations of at least 3 days in 2016. No technology, no daily routine, no projects to think of. Just a good and relaxing time. Since I’m a bit of a workaholic, I actually need to set out this goal!
Second, when working on my computer, I will not ignore more than three “take a 3min break” reminders each day. These reminders pop up every half an hour to let me know it’s time for a short break. For every day I’ll miss out on this goal, I will have to do an activity I dislike.
I don’t know if my resolutions will help you in any way. But if you’re not used to writing down your New Year’s resolutions, start now! While I had only set out yearly goals for my online businesses since 2014, I had done so for many years in other areas, like my personal investments in financial markets. New Year’s resolutions can really work, but only if you avoid mistakes like the ones I laid out for you at the beginning of this article.
Please share your resolutions for 2016 in the comments!