February 15, 2019

7 Reasons entrepreneurs don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions

By Ella Wilson

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If you’re not happy with the progress you’re making on your New Year’s resolutions so far, make sure these 7 common issues aren’t holding you back.

As an entrepreneur or business owner, you know a thing or two about setting and achieving goals. But on those times when you just can’t seem to hit the mark, it’s frustrating to not know what’s standing in the way of your success. Turns out, some common things keep us all from hitting our goals – New Year’s resolutions and otherwise.

So now that you’re a few weeks into the New Year, if your progress on your New Year’s resolution isn’t much as you’d expected, make sure the things on this list aren’t holding you back without you even knowing.

You’re talking about your goals TOO much

While telling a few close friends about your goals to create accountability is a good thing, telling everyone you know about your goals can actually backfire. Especially if your goal revolves around an “identity goal” like “I want to become the type of person that does X,” telling too many people can cause them to start treating you as if you’ve already achieved it – which takes down your motivation to actually do the work and get there for real.

You didn’t write them down

It’s scientifically proven that writing down your goals makes you more likely to work toward them and achieve them. When you write them down, create a plan to actually achieve them, too.

You’re hanging out with the wrong people

They say you are the amalgamation of the five people you spend the most time with. If your five don’t have the same ambitious nature that you do, or they’re constantly critical and naturally negative, that sour energy can affect your ability to achieve your goals. Instead, surround yourself with people who will lift you up and push you in the right direction.

You can’t take constructive criticism

Being criticized hurts. That’s a universal truth. But if you can’t listen to constructive criticism objectively and with a learner’s mind, you’re going to miss out on incredible opportunities to improve yourself.

You don’t correct quickly

When you make a mistake, the best remedy is to take corrective action right away. Dawdling or being indecisive only gives your mistake (and the psychological drain it creates) more power. The sooner you correct your mistake, the sooner you get back on track toward your goals.

You’re taking advice from the wrong people

Your friends and family love you. They know you better than anybody – but they’re rarely objective. When it comes to business decisions and big hairy audacious goals, make sure you’ve got professional mentors to turn to.

You’re spreading yourself too thin

Your goals deserve the time and energy it takes to achieve them. If you don’t give it to them, you’ll never get there.

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About Ella Wilson

Ella WilsonElla Wilson is GetUWired’s “Queen of Words.” This world-class marketing copywriter is a former journalist and travel writer who’s spent the last decade weaving gripping tales for publications coast to coast. She’s got her finger on the pulse of today’s marketing trends. Notable clients who have been graced with her powerful prose include FUBU founder and Shark Tank star Daymond John, self-help star and Emmy-award winner Rhonda Britten, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen.