December 29, 2015

Start The New Year on the Right Track

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The New Year is almost in full swing, with most of us soon returning to the office and
real life next week, after a hiatus filled with celebrations, vacations and lazy days. And tucked away in our back pockets are those pesky little New Year’s resolutions…

Tell us: How will you stay committed to that New Year’s resolution? Is the thought of how you will better yourself (and/or your business) a daunting task? Do you find yourself asking, “Who am I fooling?” No worries.

Sticking to your goals for 2016 isn’t as hard as you think! With these easy tips we’ve compiled, we’re here to get you through the year while still keeping your New Year’s resolutions (and your business) intact!


Set Goals

Take time to sit down and write out your goals for the next year. People who do are 42% more likely to achieve them.

Keep it simple, think of one important goal for yourself in each of these key areas that will make a big difference in your life: Relationships, Career, Finance, Health and Fitness.

Here are a few examples of what it might look like: improve friendships (girls’ lunch or night out once a month), advancement at work (promotion), save $5k, do yoga for stress management, or something as simple as an oath to stop drinking soda.

Challenge yourself

Let’s face it: if you want to grow, you have to leave your comfort zone. It’s not easy but it’ll get you where you want to go. Start small.

Not a fan of public speaking? Practice with friends and family, and aim to speak to a small group of people before you take the plunge speaking to a large group of people.

Sit & be counted

Assert your presence at the next event you attend. While listening, sit tall and lean forward. Make sure to keep eye contact on the presenter so interjecting is easy.

If you’re hosting an event, make sure you have everyone’s attention. Be attentive, position yourself as an expert in your field, and most importantly, have fun.

Pause now and set up a calendar with Facebook marketing goals. Open a Facebook business page, encourage reviews from your customers, and set up online events. Check your inbox daily for leads, and reach out to every new like (each like = a potential lead!).

Make it a team effort

Sometimes you just need some moral support and an extra (friendly) push. A healthy competition among friends provides a great incentive to stay on track. Try setting up a team or get your peers involved by encouraging you to reach your goals for 2016.

Give back

Take on a philanthropic challenge this New Year. From helping grant wishes to ill children, to volunteering at your neighborhood soup kitchen, no kind gesture – no matter how small – goes unnoticed.

Don’t overload yourself

Most of us need to make more changes than we can pull off in one year. Be real with yourself and be selective; choose the most important.

Inevitably, circumstances in life will make it hard for you to reach your goals for 2016.
Our advice: never give up! Have an action plan and be ready. In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”


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