The new year is almost here, and it's the time that people start making their resolutions. Personally, I'm not a big fan of resolutions! I've never really understood why people wait for a specific date to start something 🤔. If you really want to do something, then why not just do it now? If you want to quit smoking, then quit today! If you want to get fitter then enroll at the gym today! As the saying goes, 'there's really no need to put off until tomorrow what you can do today.' But while I choose not to make personal resolutions, I have to say that I have found it very helpful over the years to create resolutions for my business, and it's something that can really help you too!
Before I make my business resolutions (or goals, as I prefer to call them), I like to do a 'year in review.' As the name suggests, I take a look at all the things that I've done for my business over the past year. I look at all the good things, and I also look at all the not-so-good things, as you can learn so much from those bumps in the road that some people refer to as failures. My year in review helps me see the progress I have made, (no matter how small), along with the lessons I have learned, (which are usually many). It is this review that helps me set my goals for the upcoming year and find the direction for my business. I really do recommend that you do this for your own business, and even if you haven't started your business yet, do it for your career. Think about the things you have done this year to work towards a career as a stylist. You might have researched training courses, or read some books about fashion. No matter how small the step you took, it was still a step towards achieving your goal, so recognize it and use it to help you set your goals/resolutions for the new year.
Now when it comes to setting resolutions or goals, my advice to you is to keep them small! This may seem counterintuitive, after all, we're always told to dream big, but trust me, it's the best way to do it. Keeping your goals or resolutions small does not mean that your dream is small! Obviously, your overall goal may be to quit your 9-5 and become a full-time Stylist, or to create a six-figure business, or probably both. But if you make this your resolution, then you'll be setting yourself up to fail on a daily basis! It's going to take time to achieve these goals and if this is your yardstick to measure your success, then you'll feel disappointed each day that it doesn't happen, and you'll start to lose your motivation to keep going. Instead of making your resolutions your overall goal, make them the steps that you can take in order to work towards this ultimate goal. Your first resolution could be as simple as enrolling in a training course or attending a local networking group to help grow your business. When you get to cross these goals off your to-do list you'll give yourself a sense of success and achievement and you'll be excited and motivated to get started on the next. And if the step you took didn't go exactly as planned, it won't seem as big an issue and you'll be more equipped to see it as a learning opportunity to guide the direction of your business or career.
Once you've achieved these smaller goals/resolutions then it's important to keep your momentum going and work on more goals. For some people, it's helpful to create a full list of goals at the start and keep crossing them off once achieved, but for me, I prefer to set initial goals and once I've achieved them (or scratched them, as sometimes happens), I create new ones. The reason I do this is that some of my goals and ideas don't work out as planned because they weren't the right direction for me and my business, and I need to restrategize. Small, short-term goals are much easier to change, and you save yourself so much time and frustration if you're only changing 1 or 2 rather than 20 or 30.
So if you've decided that 2020 is going to be the year you start your career as a Stylist or you take your styling business to the next level, then now is the perfect time to do your own 'year in review' and set the new year resolutions for your styling business/career. Remember! Dream big, but take small steps. As long as the steps are in the right direction and you keep walking then you'll achieve your goals!
Happy New Year 🥂
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