Have you created a New Years Resolution or a New Years Commitment? I like mine to be always on an upbeat note. I think if you decide to stop complaining or procrastinating in the coming year, then just by being a negative statement it may set you up for failure. Instead, why not try making your resolutions more rewarding and positive in nature?
For business owners it could be a specific reward you give yourself, after you complete a given task.
For instance; you commit to cold calling 5 suspected, clients or customers and when you have completed this task, you will reward yourself with a day trip to one of your favorite places. Or, you could say every time I update my to-do-list I will add a task that will bring pleasure, something fun or relaxing.
There are zillions of possibilities you could add to your New Years Commitment. It’s like paying yourself to stay focused on the sometimes monotonous tasks that are making your business grow and prosper.
I have been reading lately about the benefits of support groups in growing a successful business.
I belong to a few virtual groups and online forums, but I am also enjoying the benefits received from joining a group that hosts occasional meet-ups. These usually take place in the backroom of a restaurant, where our excited chatter won’t bother the regular patrons.
Most of these groups have a leader, who takes care of reservations, other details and makes sure that the strict one minute time schedule for self introductions is adhered to.
These are free events, but occasionally if we have a professional guest speaker, a small fee may apply. Meet-ups require a lot more of our valuable time than virtual groups do.
So, most times, it makes more sense to meet virtually, but at the same time it is nice to get out of the office and meet and greet other professional business service providers. They are the locals and can provide us with the latest reviews, tips and tricks in our community.
By using both of these methods of connecting with each other we will help our business grow stronger and faster.