Posted by: Bill von Achen | December 27, 2010

Some New Year’s Resolutions to Consider for 2011

As we eagerly look forward to the beginning of a new year, I like to share with you my New Year’s Day message from January 1, 2010.  It’s still relevant, and worth remembering, and I hope you think so too!

The dawning of a new year is always an appropriate time to step back and reflect on the things that we can do to make this year more productive than the last.  So, in the spirit of the season, we would like to share with you our own resolutions for the year to come in the hope that some of these basic truths will also ring true with you.
Pull the Trigger:  Almost without exception, the single biggest regret we hear from business owners is their failure to make decisions quickly.  There are always problems for which solutions might emerge through further research or the passage of time.  But in far more cases, we instinctively and immediately know the right decisions to make.  Save yourself a lot of grief this year.  Trust your gut and make the decision now!

Stop Waiting, Get Going:  A companion resolution to the one above, successful people bring a sense of urgency to everything they do.  They know that time is inelastic, and that they cheat only themselves when they pursue their goals with anything less than their full enthusiasm and passion.  And, just as runners get their second wind during a long-distance run, moving purposefully and deliberately ahead can give you energy that actually supports your efforts.

Listen to Your Own Voice:  The world is full of failed businesses that have blindly pursued customer-driven strategies while ignoring their unique strengths in the market.  Pay equal attention to the aspects of your business that have made you successful in the past, and don’t forget to listen to the voice of your own experience and wisdom. 

Embrace Change:  Change is an inevitable part of the business landscape.  But rather than just accepting change as inevitable and rolling with the punches it delivers, try embracing change as an opportunity for growth and renewal.  Better still, seek out those areas in your life where your failure to change has held you back, and make changes now.         

Lighten Up:  In the final analysis, few of the challenges in our lives matter so greatly as to impede our ability to smile and to enjoy the world in which we live.  Book time every day for yourself, whether it’s for reading a book, taking a walk, or soaking in a hot tub!  Besides bringing your blood pressure down a few notches, you’ll also be able to focus more effectively on your professional challenges when you get back to them.

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