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Not another New Year’s blog

January 8, 2019

Yes, it’s happening. Another new year, another blog. When you think of January, you think of both the old and the new. You wonder what went well and what needs improvement. This is human nature, and we cannot help it.

Last year we listed off resolutions for you, and we aren’t going to do that again. The resolution side of New Year’s is on you. This year, we want you to consider the process and what opportunities January and all its newness presents to you.

We Love a List

1. Look Back. What were your resolutions last year? Did you meet them? Take an honest look at the past year, and list your accomplishments. Celebrate what your company did during 2018. Resolutions should not be about punishment. Remember, we just finished a season of joy, so keep it going.

2. The Five-Second Rule. Speaker, blogger, and TV personality Mel Robbins has a book called “The 5 Second Rule.” The theory is “If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within five seconds or your brain will kill it.” One-third of people are unhappy with their lives, and Robbins says a way to get out of that is to move and do. Consider it, and start moving in 2019.

3. Modify and Extend. After you make a list of goals for 2019, consider if they are achievable. You are getting nowhere fast if you come up with a fantasy list. Revisit your resolutions to make sure they are grounded in reality, and extend your deadline if you cannot hit the goals in one year.

4. Check In. These goals and your motivation to do them will fizzle over time. Keep the goals with you in your car or work truck. Look at them often, and check in with yourself every few months to keep on track.

5. Experiment and Be Patient. You probably have heard the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. This new year could be the best time to try something completely new in a new way. And while we said in this blog to act now (five seconds), you also need to be patient for results—as long as you are working toward a goal. Our instant-gratification world makes resolutions hard because we have lost our ability to wait for the results of what hard work can achieve.

Waiting for You

The truth about life is that opportunities are always waiting for you. Scary, huh? We usually are the biggest obstacle in stopping change or growth from happening. You want new clients, bigger crews, new technology and more cash flow—go for it. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

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