I hope that you are enjoying Christmas and are looking forward to what the New Year holds.
For many the New Year is a time for reflection and making new decisions. On a personal level, many join gyms only to find that the momentum for exercising has gone, along with a chunk of their disposable income. Others decide that they are going to change their habits, e.g quitting smoking or drinking less, yet after a few months end up back where they started!
I am not trying to be pessimistic, but I wonder why we make resolutions which don’t last?
Should we make decisions based on the time of year it is? Should business owners try to do the same in their business life? Can these changes actually work better for our businesses than our personal lives?
One thing that I have learnt and that may be an answer the question as to why resolutions don’t always work, and that is how realistic we are.
This does not mean that we should not challenge ourselves or step outside our comfort zones, we should try new ideas, new ways of working by all means, but do not be hard on ourselves if we find that we are more suited to one thing/idea/concept than another. We cannot be good at everything. As small business owners or sole traders we do everything and if we do not always get things right, then we think that we are failures, we are not! I have had to learn the hard way, and I now believe that being realistic about my strengths is the key to my future success.
While some may find social media and the internet overwhelming, to a certain degree we are fortunate to have access to all kinds of support.
Doing a quick search on the internet and you will find a few sites that want to advise you about improving your business in the New Year.
hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/…/small-business-tips.aspx– gives six tips on managing your business better through employee engagement. These tips are relevant for all types of businesses as they try to encourage you to look at how you currently work, and how to make improvements.
For tips on social media see, www.contentfac.com/new-years-resolutions-for-small-business-owners/.
Some good advice from the US Office supply company Office Depot, can be found at solutions.officedepot.com/…/7-new-years-resolutions-for-small-business. This is more in line with having a work life balance.
What these sites all have in common is that they are offering good advice, which can be applied all year round, not just for New Year.
To answer my own questions about resolutions and change – we should not wait for New Year to change anything which we are not comfortable with. Of course, if this works for you, then fine, if not then make a decision every day, to do what you are passionate about and do it well. Remember that you cannot please everyone all the time, but no one can knock for you doing your very best. I just hope that you feel encouraged to make changes. Remember to Love what you do!
Everything I write is in good faith, and I always advise that you do some research yourself.
Take care, and I wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2016!