With another year behind us and a new one just beginning we all start the year in anticipation of it being a great year.

Some of us will make New Year’s resolutions such as: – grow my business, lose weight, spend more time with the family, work less and or make more money. (Some resolutions are more extreme than others dependant on how late into the night it is on New Year ’s Eve).

And whilst we all have the greatest of intentions at the time, this does not necessarily guarantee that we will be successful. Like with anything, simply stating that you are going to grow your business, or lose weight, does not necessarily make it happen.

I recall listening to a webinar some time again titled “A Goal Setting Workshop”. It stated that research shows that happiness is strongly linked to success. So, it goes to say that once successful you will become happy and content. Everyone though has a different measure of success, so this will vary from person to person.

Don’t be afraid to make your resolution/goal not necessarily exact, but specific. It could be “we are going to increase profitability in our business by 3% in 12 months, or I am going to lose 4kgs by July”.  If you don’t quantify your goal how do you know if you have achieved it? Then put this in writing to continually remind yourself of what you are trying to achieve.

These will become your goals. Remember it is important to have goals because “if you don’t know where you are heading you will end up somewhere else.” And that could be somewhere that you definitely do not want to be.

It is important to write your goals down. Research has shown that those who had written goals were 70% more likely to achieve them than those that did not. Even more powerful is to have joint goals.

To make the goals attainable, break them down into achievable goals. If you are going to increase profitability in your business by 3%, is this going to be from sales, variable and/or fixed costs or combination of all three. This can then be broken down into smaller parts.

There is a saying that if you don’t aim for anything that you will hit it with amazing accuracy. So make the effort to achieve success for your happiness.