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The New Year is right around the corner. It’s a great time to set both personal and professional resolutions. It’s a time when you can essentially wipe the slate clean and start over. If you are like me and have struggled to stay passionate and focused this year, then this is a great New Year’s Resolution. It’s not easy running a business!

Let’s take a look at how you can achieve this resolution and stay passionate and focused in 2011.

#1 Analyze why you’ve struggled to stay passionate and focused

Are you working too hard? Are your goals not being met? Are you struggling? Do your expectations meet reality? Any or all of these things can affect your ability to stay passionate and focused.

Before you can make a change it’s important to assess what has gone wrong in the past. Spend some time contemplating why you’ve struggled to stay passionate in your business. It’s entirely possible that you’ve chosen the wrong business for your personality and interests, you are catering to the wrong niche, or you haven’t pinned down your ideal client. That’s okay. The New Year is the perfect time to make things right.

#2 Identify habits you’d like to adopt to support your resolution

A steady system of positive and supportive habits will help you make a change for the better. For example, one of the reasons you may have trouble staying focused could be because you don’t have a quiet workspace.

You can create a workspace and then create the habit of spending time there each day. If you’re trying to be productive from the kitchen table or living room couch, it may be difficult. Create habits that support your success.

I fell into the habit a couple of months ago of trying to work from the living room. I just loved the warm, cozy fireplace, the background noise of the TV, and being in the center of the house instead of the cold office in the corner of the house. But oh my gosh did this turn out not to be a good idea as the dogs were jumping all over me all day long! Not to mention my back and neck hurting from the slouching. I moved back to the office, but still work a little in the living room on the weekends. Sort of like my addiction craving for Amarula – had to cut back to just weekends after noticing a few extra pounds. Just a little too much for everyday coffee!

If you’re struggling to stay passionate about your business because you’re overloaded with tasks you dislike, outsource the tasks you can unload. Then create a habit of managing the uninteresting tasks and then rewarding yourself with some fun (mani/pedi is always a great idea). By adding a positive reward to the task, you can approach it with a better attitude.

#3 Slow and steady wins the race

One of the reasons most New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick is because people expect too much right away. The secret to achieving your goals is to manage them in smaller, bite-sized chunks. Break your goal down into smaller and more manageable steps. Determine why you’re not passionate about your business. Identify why you’re unfocused. Create smaller goals to help you change your habits.

Embracing positive habits and making lifestyle changes will help ensure you achieve your New Year’s goal. Your business will be much more successful when you can embrace it passionately. It’ll be more fun too!