Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.
It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it.
Great Resolution IDEAS:
1) Shop Local! It's really easy to do and dollars spent locally create a multiplier in the local economy, meaning that from each dollar spent at a local merchant, 2 to 3.5 recirculates in the local economy compared to a dollar spent at chain-owned businesses. This means shifting more local purchasing to independent businesses is a key tool for creating more local jobs, reducing taxes, and helping us maintain the character of Leander that we all love so much!
4) Have some FUN - I am big on making memories, this year try one new activity each month, You will have a blast and at the end of the year, you will have an album full of great memories. Check out all of the fun things you can do in the area.
5) GIVE MORE- Give more this year. I find that the more I give the more I receive. Give your time, your money and your talents and you will for sure receive the best 2016 possible. Give here.
6) NETWORK!!!!! This one has a few more bullets in order to help you be really successful.
A. Kindle your current network.
Reach out to the people you already know. Send emails or handwritten cards to everyone in your network. Wish them a happy New Year. Make your notes personal. This is a great way to reinforce the relationships you’ve already built.
B. Use social media.
Social media is a great way to build your network. You can use it to research companies and form relationships with other professionals. Facebook and LinkedIn are two of the most popular networks locally. Make it a point to post relevant messages about your company, and comment on people's pages that you want to meet or build a business relationship with. Social media is a great way to reinforce face to face meetings.
C. Attend a networking event.
Leave your comfort zone, and get out there. We host 4 or 5 events every single month. I recommend that you select one type of event, and try to attend it monthly. For example: Attend the Round-table every month rather than trying to attend the round-table, mixer, and lunch. When you attend the same type of meeting regularly it will help you get over the awkward first encounter. You will very rapidly begin to learn about those who also attend that event, and you will likely end up doing business with them. Networking really does work if you work it.
D. Always say thank you.
I am a big fan of the thank you. I recommend that you thank anybody and everybody with whom you interact. It sounds unnecessary but it really does makes a difference. It will set you apart from those that do not take the time to show appreciation, and you never know when that tiny little thank you note will be the tip of the iceberg that landed you the big deal, got you that new job, or just made someone feel really great that day.
What is your resolution? No matter what, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” -Abraham Lincoln.