A New Year = New Opportunities!

With this year coming to an end, now marks a perfect opportunity to look back on the past 12 months and reflect on the accomplishments, both big and small, that allowed us to prevail on both a personal and business level.

While a rewind of our past year’s hard work and success should give us a sense of pride, we should also use it as a reminder that there’s always room to grow and better ourselves alongside the brands we represent. While we all visualize monumental success for our companies, we need to realize that smaller attainable goals are the building blocks to success.

All too often, we tend to “shoot for the moon when a few stars would do nicely.”

This coming year, try to confine your resolutions to areas that are manageable. They don’t have to be large projects. Believe it or not, taking care of a few small areas will produce big results in your overall operation.

Here are three resolutions that are both realistic and manageable for just about any company:

1. Resolve to develop a written marketing and/or business plan, if you don’t already have one. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or scholarly. It needs to be simple enough for someone else to understand it. You wouldn’t leave on a trip to a new territory without a map, so why not give your business the same edge?

2. Resolve to get help when you need it. For many of us touched by the entrepreneurial spirit, it is often difficult to call for help. We seem to see it as an admission of failure. Most of us are great at preaching “teamwork” to others, but we seem to forget that we also need teammates.

3. Resolve to “get out of the box”. Are you operating under the premise of “that’s the way we’ve always done it”? All too often, we become paralyzed by our own habits. It’s time to break those old chains! Make a real effort to introduce new methods and fresh thinking into your daily routine, both business and personal.

Last but not least, resolve to evaluate your progress throughout 2012.

Happy New Year!

SOURCE: Jim Lynn, showsell.com

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