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Follow-Up: How Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

by | Feb 28, 2018 | Funeral Profession

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A few months ago, you may recall reading an article about planning your New Year’s resolutions. In the article, we discussed tips for creating resolutions and provided some ideas for both yourself and your funeral home.

Now we’re checking in to see how your New Year’s resolutions are going. Many times resolutions fail by this time of year, and it doesn’t mean you did anything wrong. The resolution might just be too large and time-consuming to complete on top of your other responsibilities. But by re-evaluating your resolution, you can keep it going throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

Re-evaluate Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re finding it difficult to complete your resolution, then you may need to downsize it. For example, if your funeral home’s resolution was to step up your social media game, try breaking it down into smaller steps. Pick one social media platform to focus on, such as Facebook.

If your funeral home doesn’t have a Facebook Page, have your resolution focus on creating a personalized Facebook Page. If you already have a Facebook page for your funeral home but don’t use it often, focus on posting a few Facebook posts per week. Or if you already post regularly to Facebook, try taking advantage of one of Facebook’s other features, such as Facebook Live or Facebook Events.

Or for another example, let’s say your personal resolution was to practice self-care and de-stressing activities. Try picking one de-stressing activity, such as meditation or yoga, and schedule a time to do it. Start by doing it every few days and gradually work up to every day and longer periods until it becomes a regular habit.

Resolutions and Your Tendency

Your tendency, or how you meet expectations of yourself and others, influences how you meet your resolution goals. The four tendencies, according to author Gretchen Rubin, are upholders, questioners, obligers, and rebels. Read this article to learn your tendency.

If you’re an upholder, you may have too high of expectations. Try to re-evaluate the bigger picture of your resolution. Create a detailed timeline of when you want certain steps completed and try to be patient. It will take time for your resolution to become a reality, but your hard work and patience will be worth it in the end.

Questioners, as they are named, might be questioning the purpose of their resolution. To determine the clear meaning of your resolution, write down a detailed explanation of your goal. Include why it’s important, how it will help you or your funeral home, and what steps you need to take to complete it.

Obligers need to clearly communicate their resolution with someone. They struggle to meet inner expectations, so by being accountable to someone else, it becomes an outer expectation that’s easier to meet. Try having weekly meetings with someone about your goals and rewarding yourself for accomplishments.

Rebels need to find their own self-motivation behind their resolution. Determine why your resolution is important and complete it in a way that makes sense to you. Focus on the outcome of your resolution and how it will benefit others.

What is your New Year’s resolution? Share them with us in the comments!

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