Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions yet? Being more organised, reducing debt, becoming healthier or ensuring you have enough sleep are all common New Year’s resolutions. They have certainly featured in my list of goals for the new year over the years. But what is a New Year’s resolution and why do we make them in January?

A quick Google search highlighted this definition: “A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.”

There are many religious parallels where the tradition of making changes in the New Year originated.

The Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. While the Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.

The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

So for those in business it makes sense to make some changes now for the next 12 months. Changes we hope will improve outcomes and even make things easier in the long run. For us in Australia it is usually our main holiday season as well so we have some extra brain space to think about what changes (or goals) we want to make and, most importantly we have the time to reflect on how we will achieve them.

What commitments have you made for business success for 2018? What changes will you make so you can achieve your goals? Will 2018 be the year you take clear action on your goals so you can look back at the end of the year and know you have made progress towards them?

It’s the mini actions you take today and every day that will be the baby steps towards achieving your goals. So why not make time now to reflect on where your business is at and where you want to be. A New Year is the perfect time to do it.


Yvonne Atkinson is Chief Executive Officer at Stirling Business Association and manages Stirling Business Centre.  Yvonne has many years experience in small business having owned and operated three of her own – to varying degrees of success.  Yvonne is passionate about providing the necessary support to local small business owners and promoting the sense of connection and community.




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