My wife came home from the gym the other day:

“I got there at 9:15 and there were a bunch of parking spots.
Just 3 weeks ago I couldn’t even park on the street because so many people were there!
Oh, how quickly people give up on their New Years resolutions.”

New Years Resolutions are a sorry thing.
I stopped doing them years ago.

If I want to make a change in my life, why would I procrastinate making that change until some magical January 1 comes.
How is January 1 different than February 18?

If you already gave up on your New Years Resolutions, let’s take another look and restart.

Make your change a SMART change

This last week I’ve been working with my teenage daughters on setting goals.

What’s your goal this year?

“To be the fastest”

Ok…but that’s not very SMART.

If your resolution was “to lose weight” it’s not very smart.
If it was to “work less and spend more time with family” it’s not very smart.
If it was to “improve and grow my business” it’s not very smart.

Go back and make your goal
– Specific
– Measurable
– Attainable
– Relevant
– Time Bound
(search “SMART goals” if you need more help)

It changes your ability to stick with that goal past the first time you fail.

My daughter changed her goals to be
– Win the region championships so I wear a Leaders jersey at State Championships.
– Win a State Championship

Then we set smaller SMART goals which will get her there (blacked out)

My two other kids have pretty big goals that still need to be worked on…

My advice for you (this isn’t going to work for everyone…)

Set a SMART goal that involves a specific number of hours/week you’ll cut your workload down.
Then define what you’re going to delegate to someone else in order to cut it down.

Be specific.
Drill down with the goals.

Then IMMEDIATELY start working towards it.

Here’s a 13 minute process you can do right now to get the ball rolling:
1. Read – 4 minutes that will answer most of your questions
2. Post a job on – 8 minutes that will start the ball rolling

Just starting the ball rolling is the hardest part of this process…and it’s not actually that hard.

3. Respond to this and let me know that you posted your job.

If you have questions before posting, read  If you still have questions, respond and let me know.