New Year’s resolutions date back to the Babylonians, some 4000 years ago who celebrated in mid-March . The resolutions included making amends for the past and make promises to their gods.
Fast forward to today, there is a typical association with New Year’s Resolutions being something you commit to on January 1st, to lose weight, be a better person, quit a bad habit etc. At the stroke of midnight, following a drinking and eating binge, all of sudden, cold turkey, everyone is cleansing and committing to everything good and pure.
Then there’s the anti-resolution phase that I see “trending” now suggesting resolutions don’t work and that you’ll only break them so why do anything.
My take on all this?
Resolutions, goals, making promises, commitments…whatever you choose to call it, all point to positive change and if you stick to that, there can’t be anything wrong with that.
Here are just a few “New Year Resolutions” that will make the world of difference in your home business.
Stop waiting for your “New Year”
Treat every day the same. Dec. 31 or January 1. Monday or Friday. A cold winter day and a summer day. Stop waiting. Stop planning. Stop thinking a new season brings New success. Do, don’t try. Do. Don’t just plan. Do.
Resolving to start something in the New Year or something in the fall or after spring break, although it may seem empowering to you is weak. It’s weak if you keep setting these goals and not taking the action. Why wait? Just take action.
Drop what’s not working and move on.
O.K, let’s get real here. We’re adults right? We are business owners. Get real with yourself.
There’s a huge difference between quitting and moving on and it is important as a business owner that you learn to discern between the two.
If you haven’t worked consistently at something and treated your business like a business and are throwing in the towel looking for something else…I hate to break it to you but you are never going to find that something else.
If however, you are working at something consistently and you are just not moving forward, it’s time to take a good hard look at what you are doing and change it. Although closing shop might be what you need to do and decide to do, first do a little analysis on what’s really going on.
- Get some advice from someone who is having success at what you are doing. Maybe you just need to tweak something? (having a mentor is imperative).
- Take a good hard look at your business – is it in line with your beliefs? Did someone tell you that this is the way to go but you don’t quite like what you are doing or believe in it. Either you need to change your belief or you need to find something that is aligned with your beliefs.
- Learn a new skill. Moving on might just mean that you need to upgrade your skills and replace or upgrade what you currently know.
Don’t quit. Change what needs to be changed and move on.
Create and Share Value
Your earnings are directly related to the amount of value your business provides.
You, as a business owner have the ability to increase your revenue by providing value, consistently… and it is not that hard. Simply share what you know that can help someone solve a problem.
Before you even think about making a sale, you should be thinking about what value you can provide to your prospects.
- This illustrates your expertise, brands you, makes you visible and positions you as a leader.
- Giving away value that your prospects can use, helps build trust.
One of my mentors for example is known to provide extreme value. She was selling education that I was looking for and wanted to purchase. Truth is, I could have purchased it from thousands of other people but I chose to purchase from her. Why?
…Many reasons really, (that I will get into in future posts) but one of them is due to the tremendous value she was consistently providing before I purchased anything from her.
She was visible. She was in my inbox every day. What I learned from her, I could implement and make a change without buying anything from her. So when it came to buying, she, the leader, the one who was providing consistent value was there….and I chose to purchase from her.
Commit to improving your skills
The most successful people never stop learning or educating themselves. They read. They listen to audios. They go to trainings. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their skillset so that they can be more valuable.
Be teachable. Realize that you don’t know it all and commit to learning and improving your life and you will not be sorry.
Recently I invested in an education program. The free training alone was helping me master skills that I needed to master and within 24 hours of implementing a specific training, I had sales. I had improved myself and was reaping the rewards. I can’t stress this enough.
In this ever changing, internet era, I highly suggest that you get trained in areas that can help increase your reach on the internet – no matter what business you are in. Keep abreast what marketing techniques are working, master at least one and your business will soar.
(I’ve plugged into training that can help almost any business… and if you don’t have one and want a true online business, there’s something here for you too. You can start for free here.)
Don’t do this until January 21. Don’t resolve to do this next year again. Do it now even if you are reading this on a random day in July, and do it consistently.
I strongly urge you to read this post again.
The consequences of not sticking to these may not seem as dire as breaking the New Year promise to those Babylonian gods years ago but what about breaking a promise to yourself, a promise for a better business… a better life?
If you are truly committed to make a positive change in your business, or venturing into an online business this year, make that promise to yourself.
To your success and outrageous goals,
P.S If you want to connect with me and work with me, hit the contact me button and let me know! Ready to get busy in 2017?