We are now coming up towards the end of January and odds are you have made goals or resolutions, whatever you want to call it, to start this new year off.

New year, new you. At least that’s the hashtag that was going around a couple of weeks ago.

You might have already fallen off track but that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Success is messy. It has set backs and detours.

If you’ve already fallen off your own bandwagon, here are five steps you can take to get back on track.

1. Give yourself grace.

No one is perfect. Odds are everyone has failed at their New Year’s resolution at some point. Just because you’ve had a bump in the road doesn’t mean the entire year is ruined.

2. Refocus.

You may have gone overboard. Maybe you decided to improve your health and go back to school and read 5 new books a month and be a better parent and leader. You can’t do it all. Now pick one area and focus.

3. Treat each new week as a new year.

Yes, you heard me right. Each new week is the beginning. The beginning of something new. If you get knocked off path from your goal, then restart on a Monday.

I’d like to bring the hashtag #NewWeekWhoDis into the mix but I’m really not that cool.

4. Keep moving forward.

Often our mindset is if we make a mistake or mess up, then its all lost. A small step forward is still a step in the right direction.

5. Change your habits.

If you want to achieve your goals in 2020, you have to change your habits. 80% of those who come up with a New Years resolution or goals give up by February. Only 8% actually achieve their resolution. Why do people fail? People fail because of lack of self-discipline. They fail because they don’t change their habits. People think they can achieve new results doing the same things they have done before. You have to change your mindset and establish new habits to be successful.

Life will always happen. Success is not a straight path. There are valleys and hills on the path to achieve our goals.

Don’t let a little bump in the road derail you until 2021.

Everyday you have the choice: You can make progress or you can make an excuse. Which will you choose today?


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Stephanie German is a leadership coach, adjunct professor, and dedicated work-from-home mom. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and is the chair of the Red Shoe Society Central Valley (Ronald McDonald House guild). When she’s not coaching clients or writing about leadership, Stephanie is usually headed to the mountains or the beach with her family, drinking savory wine, or working on the latest project with her husband. Stephanie’s greatest desires are to nurture the next generation of leaders while raising her own children to be strong, independent, and brave. She lives in Fresno, California with her husband Blake and her three spunky daughters, Cara, Kinsey, and Peyton. She is the best-selling author of So Your Boss Can’t Lead?

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