getbusiness: Small steps lead to successBy Graham Jones
January 02, 2013
Given that we are only a few days into 2013 it would be remiss of me not to mention resolutions.
You might recall that for the past few years political leaders have resolved to stop fighting with each other and to cooperate more. Indeed, when the Coalition Government began we were told we were entering a new era, with a new kind of politics.
Seems they gave up on their resolution and have been back to “business as normal”, playing petty politics rather than getting on and running the country.
Indeed, on the radio recently I heard a Government minister saying that the reason why rail prices have just gone up more than inflation is because “we inherited that policy from the previous Government”.
Er…sorry? The man responsible for running the railways reckons that it was someone else’s fault…? Same old politics showing that the resolution to change did not last.
And so it will be for business people all across Reading too. Many local business people will have used the New Year to set resolutions to change what they do and how they behave.
But like the politicians, if history is anything to go by, those resolutions will be broken and it will be back to the old ways for many business owners in Reading. Indeed, New Year’s Resolutions are largely forgotten mid-way through January…!
However, a recent study has suggested how we can keep those resolutions. Instead of setting big resolutions, such as “get twice as much business” you need to set tiny resolutions, which are the small steps to that bigger objective. For instance, setting a resolution to make one extra sales call each day is much more achievable and will help you achieve that main ideal.
The politicians have failed because their resolution is too big – they need loads of small, step-like resolutions to achieve their dream. If you do that in your business you will succeed in 2013.
Visit Graham's blog at www.grahamjones.co.uk