Making 2015 Resolutions You Can Keep

Making 2015 Resolutions You Can Keep

With the new year soon to be upon us, it’s a time to reflect and and set resolutions for your upcoming successful year. The sad fact is that many people make resolutions only to see them fail. As I’d written in a previous post, “A goal unrealized can have the power to take you down a path of despair and the inability to complete other tasks on your list.” However, if you set a goal aka resolution and meet it, the success of that will feed further success and achievements.

How can you keep your resolutions? Here are three ways:

  1. Write down the end goal. Break a large goal into bite sized chunks. Set deadlines to keep yourself on track. Build in a cushion and make allowances for interruptions and meetings you didn’t plan for.
  2. Write a to-do list and feel power you realize when you cross a task off. Daily progress documentation keeps you on target amps up the motivation.
  3. Find a trusted colleague to pair up with and work to keep each other on track. Report in several times a week. Share successes. Discuss setbacks. Move forward from a “failure” and look at it as a learning experience — ask your accountability partner to help you brainstorm potential reasons for and solutions to any deadlines you may have missed.

How will you make 2015 the best year ever?!

Are You Blogging For Your Business?

Blogging is one of those social media “fads” that is not going away. If you ever feel skeptical and wonder if there is any reason for you to be blogging, check our these statistics from Social Media Today about blogging:

  • Seventy percent of consumers find companies through blogs and online articles
  • A business that blogs generates 126% more leads than one that doesn’t
  • More than 60% of all consumers in the United States have make a purchase based on a blog post

These numbers don’t lie when it comes to reasons why you should take up the blogging mantle. If you don’t know where to begin, there are any number of blogging professionals (our company is one!) who can help you get started and keep going!

 

5 Tips To Stay Ahead Of The Competition

5 Tips To Stay Ahead Of The Competition

These 5 “tips” are strategies that have made the efforts of many great people grow exponentially.

What are you doing to stay ahead of your business competitors? There are steps you can take to edge them out and here are just five of my favorites:

  1. Believe – Believe in yourself and your success. What you tell yourself is a self fulfilling prophesy. Tell your self great things!
  2. Failure Is A Lie – You can’t fail if you do not quit!  Do NOT quit! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start over.
  3. Maintain Integrity – Have a strong work ethic for yourself and your staff.  Be the compass others around you use to find their way.
  4. Be Decisive – Putting off decision-making leads to stress and will cause you to miss many great opportunities that you are exposed to every day.
  5. Become and Stay Healthy – Operate at peak levels all the time!  Take care of your mind as well as your body. Rest, eat right, exercise.  Realize your most creative moments come from a healthy and rested mind.

Make these 5 things your daily experience and I assure you you will prosper at levels you never knew were possible.  This is a great start in staying ahead of your competition!

Plan Your 2015 Networking Strategy

Plan Your 2015 Networking Strategy

2015 is fast approaching and it’s the ideal time to make plans for your 2015 networking strategy. Networking events not only help grow your business, but they get you out of the office and meeting new people and exchanging new ideas.

Here are tips to assure your networking efforts bear fruit:

  • Understand who will be at the events and in which areas they practice to uncover who you might want to meet. Pre-planning means knowing what you hope to accomplish: To collect and pass out business cards? Make meaningful connections?
  • You don’t want to tell a new connection who you are and what you can do for them (although that is certainly part of it). Instead, ask open ended questions to get to know the other person. When you meet someone for the first time, it should be a give and take conversation. He should give you time to tell who you are and what you do and you should have the opportunity to do the same.
  • Pay attention when the person is talking. Don’t be scanning the room for the next person you want to speak with.

Mark your calendar now for networking events to attend that will kick your new year off right.