Setting New Year's goals is easy but keeping them can be a challenge. Here are 5 tips to master the art of follow-through and 12 quotes to keep you motivated and inspired throughout each month of the year.
Historical Fact: The tradition of New Year’s resolutions started in Rome around 150 BC. A mythical two-faced god of early Rome, the god of endings and beginnings, Janus was placed at the beginning of the calendar year. Janus, who could look at past events as well as look into the future, became the ancient symbol of resolutions and change.
January is usually when people look back at their accomplishments or disappointments and start planning the year ahead, thinking about self-improvement, setting goals, acquiring new skills; or simply trying a new hobby. To better manage change, follow through on your goals, and achieve success in 2016 follow the Dale Carnegie Tips bellow. Some of these will be focused on employment of people in my book published this year here.
5 Tips To Help Manage Change and Achieve Desired Results In 2016
1. Establish a Motivation for Change: If there is a need, there is a way. Sometimes external issues drive change, like technology innovations, expansion, or relocations. Other times internal forces or human desire for continuous improvements drive the motivation to change.
2. Visualize: Determine the “As-is” state and describe a picture of the “should-be” state. Create a picture of how your ideal outcome will look. Whether there is a problem to be overcome or an opportunity for improvement, the vision will help you set the plan and motivate you to follow it.
3. Plan the Direction: Write down the goal, and plan the small steps to achieve it. Once you determine the opportunities from making the change, develop a plan for change implementation. Many change initiatives fail because of lack of careful, thorough planning.
4. Implement the Change: Depending on the type and scope of the change, implementation may be gradual or abrupt. The most critical role in this step of the change process is to keep your mind open and positive.
5. Review, Adopt, and Adjust: Monitor the outcomes. If the change is not working as planned, adjust the change implementation to achieve your desired results.
12 Quotes to Keep You Motivated through the Whole Year
1. January “If you succeeded, ask yourself why and repeat the action. If you failed, ask yourself why and learn from that experience.” – Dale Carnegie
2. February “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.” – Leo Tolstoy
3. March “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
4. April “Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie
5. May “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” – Dale Carnegie
6. June “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
7. July “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
8. August “If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities; the thing is to get the work done.” – Dale Carnegie
9. September “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie
10. October “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it … that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” – Dale Carnegie
11. November “The only thing that is constant is change.” – Heraclitus
12. December “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard