Although it’s September, for many it’s time to make some new resolutions. For 6mts, give or take, many have been away from the workplace. It’s new time to decide where next.

Let’s face it. Change is hard and can make the best of us uncomfortable. Change is, however, essential to success. It requires commitment and hard work, but real and lasting change is possible. So, let’s have a look at 5 brief tips:

Old ways are not guaranteed to open new doors.
Put simply, doing the same things and expecting different results is doomed to failure. Yesterday’s methods are not guaranteed to produce tomorrow’s results.
To counter this:

(a)     Cultivate a mind that is open to change.
(b)     Make incremental changes – don’t try to do it all at once.
(c)     Measure your results.
(d)     Change again if the first change doesn’t work as well as you’d like.

To start the year with a fresh mind, tell yourself that the world has moved on so jettison the assumptions of the past.

Release the power of small wins and slow gains.
Yes, we want it all, and we want it now, but there is great power in small wins and slow gains. It is all too easy to overestimate the importance of one ‘light bulb moment’ and underestimate the value of making better decisions day by day. Perhaps we should be concentrating more on our marginal gains.

Successful people, both in life and in business, commit to the long game, through highs and lows, always moving towards the winning line. But never lose sight of the need for short term adaptations as you test out your methods.

Clear the clutter.
A cluttered desk reflects a cluttered mind, affecting mental health, and subsequently your performance. Spring cleaning can be undertaken at any time – don’t wait for the daffodils to appear! Declutter your home, your office, your car, your inbox, and your mind.

You may be surprised at how much happier, stress-free, relaxed and productive a thorough tidy up will make you and your business.

Take control of your life and your business.
It is very easy to fall into bad habits, allowing life to control you. Instead of being the victim, take control and become the victor.

Planning is essential. Short, medium, and long term plans will, with regular progress reviews, keep you on the right track. You want to make your life, at work and at play, as enjoyable as possible, so plan for just that result. You and your business will both benefit in ways you can’t yet imagine.

Learn to say ‘NO’.
Most successful people know the importance of saying ‘no’. It is very tempting to always say ‘yes’, but are you being a busy fool?

If you constantly say ‘yes’ you will be rushing around fire-fighting and, guess what, you will have no time for strategic planning. You can easily become highly ineffective, a jack of all trades and a master of none. Saying ‘no’ more often will give you the space to recognise the important opportunities you really must welcome with a ‘yes’.

In conclusion
Transformational change is immensely powerful. Change is hard, and it may be messy, but it is worth it. Ensure that your changes positively impact on your success, closing the void between where you are and where you want to be.

The correct approach and focussed action will produce extraordinary and sustainable results and the time to do it is NOW.