Instead of making your 2016 resolution a simple goal, what if you made it a purpose?
A purpose is more than a goal. When people are purpose-centered,
For any area of life you are not currently in love with, imagine how you'd like to feel. Remember how you felt at the healthiest moment in your life and how much energy you had waking up in the morning. If you're working on improving your communication skills behind the chair, envision yourself striding confidently up to your guest, giving a handshake as firm as your smile is warm, and experiencing that prickly sensation you only get when your presence fills a room. Imagine your reaction to yourself if you tackled some area you want to improve, and imagine others' reactions to you when they see you holding your head higher. Aim for discovering how you want to feel instead of heaping "shoulds" on your shoulders. The point of self-improvement, after all, is to lift you up!
When it does come time to break down a large and energizing purpose into intermediary goals, don't rely on sheer discipline. Some of my friends are under the mistaken assumption that I "have my shit together." In reality, I just know how little discipline I possess and am careful to tie every chore to something I actually like. I am terrible at maintenance and repetitive tasks but love decorating and reorganizing stuff. So instead of telling myself to clean my apartment because it's filthy, I buy flowers every cleaning day. The experience becomes about beautifying my home and picking out a new bouquet, and the whole thing feels less obligatory. I basically clean to impress my new flowers. Instead of just straightening the closet, I rearrange the closet and bag up clothes for Goodwill and then reward myself with a new item. If I need to cook some meals for the week, I always pick out a new podcast to listen to and if it's nice weather, I open the balcony doors for some fresh-air therapy.
Mind games are the secret.
My purpose behind the chair is to help my guest project the exact message with her look that she wants to project. This purpose necessarily leads me to address rebooking, how she will recreate her look at home, and what tweaks we can make to improve her look each and every visit - so I consistently hit my performance indicators without directly thinking about them. Having a clear purpose has kept me from feeling burdened by a bunch of random number goals on top of doing good hair and connecting with people (in fact, it's become how I connect with people and why I pursue continuing education to improve my skills). The stylists who craft a personal framework that feels sincere - one that can be embedded fully into their artistic activities - will find that their approach can grow with them as they get busier and their lives and responsibilities change.
Care for an easy first step? Decide exactly how you want to feel at the beginning and end of your work day.