Well, we’re looking at a New Year and, just like everyone else, many small business owners are starting to think about New Year’s resolutions.
Most people might think resolving to do something and committing to do something are pretty much the same thing.
But they really aren’t.
When we resolve to do something we do so because we certainly have a desire to carry that resolution out. That desire is driven because we believe that carrying out that resolution will bring us results we desire. So we decide to begin doing things to bring about desired results.
Desire can definitely motivate people to take action. The problem is sustaining that motivation. Unfortunately, resolving to do something is too often nothing more than a mental exercise. We start off with a bang that very quickly fades to a whimper.
The Missing Link
Resolve: To reach a firm decision about.
Commit: To carry into action deliberately.
Making a firm decision to do something is definitely the first step to getting that thing done. However, committing to that resolution is what allows resolutions to go from a mental exercise to active behaviors that create real change. Committing is the missing link for making resolutions real.
When we resolve to do something it’s an idea – when we commit to something that means we deliberately carry that resolution into action. Deliberate means “methodical” and a sure-fire method for carrying out a commitment is creating a plan to carry out our resolutions and then following it.
The point of creating a plan is that plans allow you to make necessary adjustments when situations or circumstances start to get in the way of carrying out your resolutions.
Making a resolution is a mental decision. But unless we continuously act on that decision resolutions have a tendency to remain just a mental exercise.
A plan is a deliberate, methodical foundation upon which mental decisions (ideas) are translated into concrete objectives and goals that are carried out via specific strategies and tactics.
Resolve to make 2013 a break out year for your small business. Commit to those resolutions by creating a plan to deliberately and continuously act on your business decisions.