4 Ways to Make Your Big Goals a Reality This Year

4 Ways to Make Your Big Goals a Reality This Year

It’s exciting to set New Year’s Resolutions and start off a fresh new year with big goals and ambitions. But the reality, as we all know, is that most resolutions are not kept. Common personal goals are to quit smoking, lose weight, work out regularly, volunteer, give more to charity, etc. Business related goals might include asking for referrals, recording a series of informative videos, starting a new initiative, writing a book, etc. Big goals with real intentions are exciting and momentarily motivating. But how to do we keep them?

I have looked at a few business people that have been able to set and keep resolutions and I will share four of their best practices with you:

1. Set very specific goals that can be measured daily or weekly to track progress. 


Schedule time to track the goals (ie every Friday before going home for the weekend).

2. Celebrate progress – even the little things. 


Studies have shown that celebrating wins, even small ones, can boost endorphins, a chemical in your brain. The release of endorphins can relieve stress, increase happiness, and cause you to want more. So celebrate!

3. Start off small and increase over time. 


Instead of saying you will make 20 proactive calls a week, for instance, start off by making one a day and increase it over time. The objective is to build momentum, not kill it.

4. Set real consequences. 


If you were to get fired from your job if you didn’t complete a project you may be more likely to finish it. What if you concentrated on the consequence as much as the goal itself? For instance, if I don’t complete one chapter in my new book by January 15, I will cancel my vacation planned for February!

Most resolutions aren’t kept even if we really want to achieve these new milestones in a new year. Make this year different. I am working on it too.

Maribeth Kuzmeski
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Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: April 24-28

Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: April 24-28

Here’s a look at the Top 11 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on IRIS.xyz, April 24-28, 2017 


Click the headline to read the full article.  Enjoy!


1. Implementing a Robo Advisor Strategy


Robo advisors can complement—not threaten—any bank’s business model and improve customer engagement. Regardless of age, income, or gender, 75% of bank customers surveyed by KPMG said they would be likely or somewhat likely to consider a robo advice service from their bank. — Greg Vigrass

2. The Sweetspot of Sales


I’ve had some extremely interesting conversations the last few days. We’ve been discussing sales, sales management, leadership, motivation etc. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with these inspiring business leaders. One question keeps coming up: Why do you love sales so much? — Tove Zilliacus

3. New ETFs That Reinvent Fixed Income Investing—Without Reinventing the Wheel


We all know the drill: the Fed raises interest rates, and the bond market falls. That’s an important equation to consider now that the decade-long era of historically low interest rates is slowly but surely coming to an end. — Salvatore Bruno

4. Alternative Beta Strategies: Alpha/Beta Separation Comes to Hedge Funds


A quiet revolution is taking place in the alternatives world. The idea of alpha/beta separation has finally made its way from traditional to alternative investing. This development brings with it a more transparent, liquid and cost-effective approach to accessing the “alternative beta” component of hedge fund return and a new means for benchmarking hedge fund managers. — Yazann Romahi

5. Advisors Will Be Extinct in 5 Years Unless…


I’ve had financial advisors for more than 40 years. Not once in those years have I called my advisor to find out what stock/funds I should buy or sell. But I have called to find out where I should get my first mortgage, when to sell my house, or how much income I could get in retirement. — Paulette Filion and Judy Paradi

6. Outsourcing Investment Management: TPAM vs. TAMP


Many financial advisory firms want the silver bullet solution to outsourcing investment management so the focus can be on client interactions and business development. However the jargon in this outsourced space has become very confusing so here is a brief summary of our understanding. — Jennifer Goldman​​​​​​​

7. How Can Financial Planners Save You From America's #1 Killer?


You probably aren’t aware of this, but it’s true: financial planners are heroes. Yep, it's the truth. And when you think of the America's top killer, you might think about smoking, cancer or obesity. Or maybe even a serial killer. — Ronald Sier

8. How to Stay On Clients' Minds


How to effectively stay on your clients’ minds (for all the right reasons), even though they may not see you for months. — Paul Kingsman

9. 20 Reasons Why Your Company Should Do Less Better


Do Less Better practitioners are fanatical about focus and de-complexity; herein lies the secret of their success. Yet, do less better isn’t something most leaders embrace. The seemingly more attractive (and logical) option is to do more and more — John Bell

10. Advisors: Where Should You Start with Content Marketing?


Often advisors ask us, “How should I get started in marketing?” It’s a fair question. They just want to make sure they’re putting their time and resources in the right place. — Jud Mackrill​​​​​​​

11. The 11 Best Steakhouses in the World


Serious carnivores will go to the ends of the earth to seek out a perfectly marbled, expertly seared steak. And so, it seems, will we. We've visited the best butchers in France, reacquainted ourselves with the idea that everything (steaks included) is bigger in Texas, eaten at celebrated parrillas of Argentina, and enjoyed the elegant ambiance of metropolitan steakhouses. — Andrew Harper

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