Let me start off by saying, I do not like making resolutions. I feel that they are superficial dreams which hold no accountability for the resolution maker, and they are often bent or broken by March.
Wait, let's ask Wikipedia: a New Year's resolution is "a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year's Day."
...Well that's just delightful...
I like making New Year's goals. According to my website of choice today (yup, Wikipedia again) a goal is "an objective that a person or a system plans or intends to achieve."
...Now that's what I'm talking about! This year, let's make some New Year's Goals!!! But first, let us reflect on 2015.
2015 was a great year for Move The Beat! We accomplished a lot of our goals for the year and hit some new business milestones. Move The Beat grew by almost 300%, partnered with a new recreational community, and widened its electronic footprint with new search engines and leads generators. We were able to offer new services to our students like; dance competitions, an expanded Youth Program, bringing in outside coaches, and a custom name-brand clothing line!
2016 is going to be our best year yet! We plan on making greater investments in our staff, expanding our Adult Program, and drum roll please - our big goal is to open our own studio doors by the end of the year!!!
Now those are some pretty lofty goals, and we have constructed a plan on how to obtain them in the upcoming year; and I encourage you to do the same! No goal is worth your time or energy without it being specific, realistic and relevant, timely, and having some type of accountability. Write it down, and set up a step by step plan on how to get there.
Even something as simple as 'opening up doors for people' needs a plan! Be specific: are these all types of doors, which types of establishments, which types of people, what are the exceptions if any? It needs to be realistic and relevant: 'this will make me a more conscious and courteous person as well as brighten someone's day'. It needs to be timely: the goal is to open up doors for 50% of the people I come into contact with for January til April and improve that to 100% from May til December. It needs to have accountability: I'm going to tell my friends and family about my New Year's Goal and ask them to follow up with my progress.
Remember, your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change. Let's set some goals, and have a happy and healthy new year!!!