8 Steps for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions
5 min read | DECEMBER 30, 2022
As we tear off the last page of 2022 and look forward to 2023, many of us will be utilizing this as a fresh start to motivate change in our personal or professional lives. We’ve all heard the saying “New Year, New Me” before to signify what lofty and ambitious goals lay on the horizon, but how often do we stick to these goals? Usually by February, our aspirations are cast aside like that spare phone charger in our kitchen’s junk drawer, only to be dusted off come New Years Eve of the following year, with a proclamation that this is the year it finally gets done. This year, stop the cycle of making and breaking resolutions with Access Global Group’s 2023 guide to getting it done!
Begin with a Vision
What are you hoping to achieve in 2023? Write it down; think about what your goals are and why it’s important for you to achieve them. Hang this up or put it somewhere that’s easily accessible, so you can have something tangible to refer back to as the year progresses. Here’s a tip: plan ahead! Try to make your resolution prior to December 31st to ensure that it is well thought out and thoroughly considered.
Usually when we identify our goals or resolutions for the new year, they’re pretty ambitious. Like, deciding never to eat sweets again. Or challenging yourself to get five new Salesforce certifications this year. When you create monumental goals for yourself, you create unrealistic expectations. Thereby making it much easier to become discouraged and more likely to abandon your New Year’s Resolutions. Choose something that feels realistic to you, such as earning one new Salesforce certification – it’s okay to create new goals if you accomplish your one!
Create a To-Do List
Tackling a to-do list is never fun, but clearly identifying the steps you need to take to accomplish your resolution not only helps you stay focused, but also helps to make a big task seem more manageable. This can also serve as an opportunity to outline how you will deal with the discouragement so many of us inevitably face. Say you studied really hard for that Salesforce certification exam but failed, what will you do? Outline a course of action for when things don’t go your way, like calling a friend, writing down 5 things you’re grateful for or practicing positive self-talk.
Identify Any Obstacles
Acknowledging obstacles will help you define what actions need to be taken in order to achieve your goal. Whether the problems you face are small or large, break them down into more manageable steps, identify the things you can change and accept what you cannot.
Track Your Progress
Come February, it’s easy to get discouraged or feel unmotivated to continue toward your resolutions or goals. But it’s also easy to forget how far you’ve come. By incrementally tracking your progress, no matter how small, it can help you stay on track and remain motivated. Plus, it’s always easier to reach short term goals like spending an hour studying for your Salesforce certification exam than focusing on the big picture – and each small accomplishment helps add fuel to your motivational fire!
When all else fails, don’t be afraid to ask for help! We’re all only human after all and it can help to get insight from someone who’s been in a similar situation before. Salesforce does an amazing job at making educational resources available for their users. In addition to trailheads, webinars and online tutorials, Salesforce is always hosting on-demand events to help you go further in your Salesforce journey. Their online calendar features upcoming events for Admins, Developers, Salesforce newbies plus much more.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Now more than ever, communicating and collaborating with others is the best way to generate innovative ideas. Your level of openness with others is your level of commitment to learning new things. Don’t be afraid to reach out to new people where it aligns with your overarching goals, whether it’s personal or professional. Salesforce offers an online social platform for companies, employees, customers, clients and partners to seamlessly connect with one another and share valuable ideas and information.
Celebrate your Success
Lastly, don’t brush your successes under the rug, take the time to acknowledge them and celebrate them! It’s easy to accomplish the thing you said you would and move on to your next big item but we encourage you to pause, congratulate yourself, go out for drinks with friends or indulge in a meal from your favorite restaurant. What you’re doing is hard – take time to recognize your efforts!
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