Whether your New Year’s resolutions revolve around your real estate business life or your personal life, how is your follow-through rate on your New Year’s resolutions? 75%…50%…35%? I know. Most people aren’t so great at sticking with their New Year’s resolutions either. In fact, researchers say that only 8-12% of us actually do follow through with our New Year’s resolutions.

So this year, in hopes of having a higher success rate with your New Year’s resolutions, how about trying a different tactic. How about making your resolutions more specific and tangible and how about building in little rewards along the way so you can feel good about the small steps you take towards making your New Year’s resolutions true realities. (Sound a bit like making SMART goals?)

Here are some examples…

Instead of resolving to generate more leads, resolve to set up one new networking meeting/coffee/lunch a week. One new networking meeting a week is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.

Instead of resolving to become a totally tech savvy real estate agent, resolve to learn how to use a drone to take 360-degree, 3-D videos of your listings. Learning how to do one new techie thing (it could be any techie thing that you don’t know how to do) is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and makes sense time-wise. You get the idea here.

Instead of resolving to sleep more, resolve to check out of all your screens two hours before you go to bed. The same thing…specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound.

Instead of resolving to make your brand (your real estate business) more visible in your community, resolve to volunteer as an event fundraiser with one local non-profit organization. Again, one volunteer event in the community is SMART…for both your real estate business and you. You’ll feel good about yourself for contributing your skills and your name will get out there.

Instead of resolving to lose weight in 2018, resolve to eat healthy twice a day and when your favorite jeans feel a bit too loose, buy yourself a new pair of walking shoes.

You could go on and on with these resolutions but researchers suggest making no more than five. Five specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitive resolutions are doable all year long. Next year, make five more SMART New Year’s resolutions that build upon your new 2018 realities.