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Three Tips For Making Your Small Business New Year's Resolutions Stick
  • 15 February 2017
  • Nellie Akalp

Three Tips For Making Your Small Business New Year's Resolutions Stick

Now that the parties to celebrate the incoming year have become distant memories, the hard work to follow through on the 2017 New Year’s resolutions you set for your business begins.

Will your best intentions come to fruition or fall flat?

According to responses to a Statistic Brain Research Institute survey, while it’s estimated that nearly half of people make New Year’s resolutions, only 9.2 percent consider themselves successful in what they set out to accomplish.

True, that’s a little disheartening. But I urge you to resist feeling defeated. The year is still young, and you can take control by taking measures to help stay on course with your business resolutions.

How can you beat the odds and succeed with your small business goals for 2017? I recommend you give these tips a try:

  • Revisit your list of resolutions and edit it.
    Often, when we first start to list our “want to dos” for the New Year, we lose our heads a little. Maybe it's the sugarplums dancing in our heads over the holidays or a wee bit too much bubbly as we’re watching the ball drop in Times Square. Regardless, we’re not immune to over-optimism. Now that the rush of adrenaline has leveled out, assess how realistic your goals are. If you find them borderline impossible, either remove them or tweak them to make them more reasonable to achieve. It’s good to stretch beyond your comfort zone to some degree, but unattainable resolutions will only lead to heartache and headaches.
  • Make a plan.
  • You’re off to a great start by having goals, but with no plan to accomplish them you’ll set yourself up for failure. Break down your resolutions into the actionable steps you need to take and identify the tasks and activities you need to perform to complete them. Then schedule those tasks and activities—whether one-time or recurring responsibilities—on your calendar so you have reserved the time you need and have set deadlines to move you successfully to the finish line.
  • Ask someone to hold you accountable.
    I know, “Ouch!” But sometimes we need someone to hold our feet to the fire so we don’t become lazy and apathetic in our efforts. By designating a person you trust to monitor your progress and point out when you’re not on track, you’ll heighten your sense of responsibility for tackling your resolutions. Mentors, employees, friends, even spouses could serve in this capacity. Just remember, you asked them to hold you accountable. Don’t get testy, impatient, or defensive with them when they speak up and tell you when you’re slacking.
Make 2017 A Happy New Year The Entire Year Long.

Just because the majority of people kick their resolutions to the curb, doesn’t mean you have to face the same fate. With realistic goals, a roadmap for carrying them out, and champions to keep you on track, your business will have a fighting chance at experiencing a 2017 that’s the most productive year yet.

Nellie Akalp is a serial entrepreneur, small business advocate, speaker and author.  Her first business was started with $100 and sold eight years later for $20 million. Today she is the founder & CEO of, an online legal document filing service, where she helps entrepreneurs incorporate, form LLCsfile DBAs and more.

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