Saturday, December 28, 2013

You have to change your attitude to become a successful CEO

Up to eight years ago, since the age of 19 I have worked for Corporate America. I have spent at least 18 of those years in customer service, five in the public eye and five in a confided office. I have been laid off three times, switch jobs four times, and four of the jobs folded.. In 2004 after being laid off from an accounting firm in Dallas Texas, I begin researching event planning and trying to find work. I worked jobs during certain times for certain companies because I had no clients and I needed revues coming in to pay bills. I also learn something while I was doing these varies jobs, I am meant to be a CEO; I am meant to run my own company, to work independent for myself. Knowing this, feeling this in my heart, I change my attitude. I went from thinking of my full time jobs in corporate america as my part time and my company as full time job!
 You have to change your attitude when you are making changes in your life. You open your mind to view what you really want. The bible tells us in Romans 12:2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. I still work, PT and I work the hours that I want to-not need to. I change my mind to thinking more of being a successful CEO instead of thinking I need to work for someone to receiving the daily allowance of their pay for me.  

Working a full time job and trying to run your company is hard work and demanding. It takes you from quality time to quantity time. Every moment in the day is control by doing what it takes to go from full time to CEO.  Last night at my part time job I meet a lady that I had a wonderful conversation with. She begins by asking me about my holiday, the next thing I know I was talking about AnyEvent and she was telling me how impress she was and wanted me, and wanted to connect me with a couple of people in Pittsburgh and New York that are event planners. This beautiful lady who I greeted when she walked in the door, walked away with my business card and I walked away with the possibility of a new connection.  
I’m not suggesting you to run out and quick your full time job, I’m advising you to change our way of thinking to be a successful CEO. I am the CEO of AnyEvent; I make the decisions good and bad! I am the one who name is on the door, not because I’m not working, but because I changed my mind to be CEO of AnyEvent. Stop looking at what you are doing and begin to think about what you are going to do and what it will take to get there. You are what you think, and what you think will be the open or closed door to entrepreneurship. What road did you take to go from full-time employee to full time CEO? What was the road blocks you faced? Who open the door for you to you from point A to Point B? I would love to hear from you, please place your comments on our blog page; you will never know how your comments can help someone!! Until next time.. The Business Woman

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Are you ready for a new year?

 Every year I think about what I didn't accomplish with AnyEvent. I think about the goals I set and the wish list that I look forward to making happen.  Every December I remind myself to kick it in gear to be better then next year.
This year, 2013 has been a great year for AnyEvent. We had a few clients, not many. We made a few mistakes, only a couple, but this was the year we build relationships and worked at improving our service and company, we worked hard to better service those who need us and open doors to generate return business. For AnyEvent Sports & Entertainment it was about relationships.
Our goal was to open doors to relationships that would open doors to potential clients. To build partnership in helping everyone we build bridges with succeed. Today  Small businesses need help, whether its advice, getting clients, marketing or even asking someone for a referral, we all need help. And what better way than to have someone who supports you, help you become the best you can be in all areas. A very dear event planner friend once said to me when I was trying to figure out how to grow AnyEvent, and venting to her, (she listen and said nothing)Then finally when my mouth closed, she said five words to me that made TOTAL sense. “Closed mouths don’t get fed” and she was right.  Every since she share that with me,  I begin to work at asking and searching to get just what I need for AnyEvent, and along the way it help me open doors for others in Dallas places outside my back yard.
There will be people who can open the door for you are closes them, there will be business that are worth the challenge and other that lets you know all money is good money. But it’s part of growing your company. I learned this year that the only person that stands in the way of me not being successful is me. The tools are out there for me to work with, if I don’t ask for help then I can’t expect for anyone to know.  Before I blamed anyone on the unsuccessful projects I have to look at the top first and that begins with me!
So, as I close out 2013 and open the door for 2014, I welcome in the fresh ideas, the relationships with others and enough sense to know that I can’t do it alone. Our Theme, my theme for 2014 “Is building relationship that will help me connect with the clients I want to do business with”. 

Get ready.. 2014 is 16 days away and time waits for no one. There is businesses out there and people want to do it with you near and far! The only person that stands in the way of your success is you and your ability to not want to succeed. 2014 is your time to remove the fear and move forward in being the best you can be in your business, career your life!!
What are you preparing for you career, your business in 2014? What didn’t work or was your biggest success in 2013? What relationships has open doors for you? I would love for you to hear from you, post your comments on our blog!

Until next time.. The Business Woman!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fear that over power your faith

When I first started out in business with AnyEvent I was super excited! I knew I would conquer the world as an event planner. I knew I would be the go to party planner, my phone would ring off the hook and we would be the “IT” Company! You couldn't tell me anything different, boy was I Siked!! I made one mistake and it locked me into fear. I allowed one mishap control me into believing I was not good enough, strong enough or smart enough to do what [in my heart] knew I wanted to do.

     Fear can really over power our faith. It can literally causes us to doubt who we are and question our expertise. Fear can take you from top to bottom because it becomes our comfort zone; it becomes our hidden [behind the Word] leader.
As I was growing my business under the leadership of “power of fear”, I was walking around telling myself “when God says this, When God say that, it will happen” and tried sleeping on that truth. I became so afraid of failure that I believe what “I” thought God was telling me. Don’t get me wrong, God does tell us when to move and when to be still, and we know. As Olivia Pope say, it’s that gut feeling.  But trying to believe the lies we tell ourselves to justify the truth, it becomes just that.. lies.  I lost my passion and found my fury. I lost all hope in me.

    One day while I working on some research for AnyEvent, I came across my very first business card. It was pink and it had the name of the company and a phone number. I looked at it and begin to cry, I knew that I let fear take over me because of one mistake.

     Everyone has a passion in them to do or be something, Teachers, Doctors, Engineers even Event Planners. Everyone has a purpose. He [God] allows our path to be created just for that. But it’s the journey that will allow us to fulfill it.  I can’t imagine how many people who are in their graves saying “ I wish I had started that business or I wish I became a doctor” That’s what I call grave dreams, because your dreams are buried with you,  that my friend is not God’s plan.
I begin looking at my goals and my vision for AnyEvent. I started to refocus my mind on who and what I was going to do with God’s plan.. I revised, rejuvenated me and I begin to look at 
God as CEO not Fear as leader. I touch bases with previous clients and we talked about how 
they were pleased with my project. I encouraged myself.

     You can’t let fear over power your faith. If you believe in God, and what He has designed you to do; allow your courage to overpower your fear. Allow your faith to take you to the next level in being what God created you to be!
What are your fears and how did you conquer them? Are you stronger and better now that you have conquered fear? How is your faith? I would love to hear your views on this your comments. Until next time.. The Business Woman! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Know your role.. Know your industry..Know Audience.

Know your role.. Know your industry..Know Audience.

Everyone that knows me knows that I LOVE Scandal.. The ABC hit TV show starting Kerry Washington ad Tom Goldwyn.  It is right now the number one hit suspense and drama TV series. I have been watching Scandal since it first aired. The twist and turns of this show has 10.5 million people watching every Thursday night 9:00pm cst.  Some like the affair between Fitz (President Grant) and Olivia Pope of Pope’s Associates. There are others who love her fashion and viewers who love the back end story of the government and what we believe goes on behind closed doors.

I watch Scandal every SINGLE Thursday night at 9:00pm. Now here is the thing as a business woman Olivia Pope is powerful.  She knows who is who and her clients respect her with all they have. She has a team of odd and strange Gladiators (employees) who she believed in and trust. They come from all walks of life and she is okay with that. Her right hand man Huck- who was once a train assassin; Harrison was a attorney who was caught in illegal trade; Quinn Perkins who changed her identity because she was frame for the murder of her boyfriend, and Abby who was a congress wife and investigator. The entire odd individual make up Pope and Associates.  

Why do I like Scandal? Because I love the fact that Olivia runs her own business and has a diverse team working for her. Now as I do, get seriously into this show, I notice that Livie spends a great deal watching the news and information pertaining to the White House, Congress and the Senate.  She makes sure that she is in tune with what will be her knowledge information for her clients..

 That is how we need to be when running and operating our business. Make sure that we are in tuned with everything it takes to operate our business in full force. Know everything about what we believe our clients like, even if we haven’t met the client yet. It’s important that we also know the ins and out of our industry.  As event planners for Sports & Entertainment, It’s my responsibility to know about the players in at least two states; who are the local entertainers, who just made the team of the Dallas Cowboys and where did they come from? It’s your responsibility to make sure that you are watching the TV scream to know what your client wish they want verse the real deal for planners.

Since David Tutera, Brides have been looking for a “My Fair Wedding” and if you are not in-tune with the last episode then your clients will think you are not current on all the latest Weeding Planner trends.  Are you a Gladiator for your company? Are you in-tune with what is happening in your industry? What about what you want your client to want?  I would love to hear from you about how you are making sure you are in-tune to your client?  I would love to hear from you, please post your comments, it just may help others!

Until next time.. The Business Woman 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Coffee Break Time

Coffee Break Time!

Everyone that knows me knows I love coffee. My favorite coffee is hazelnut with crème and one splendor.  I love the smell of it brewing when I walk into a room, it’s like Heaven to me (lol).  My best friend Sheila in DC sent me a Keurig coffee maker for Christmas. It was one of the best gifts I received. I just pop one of those little pods in the machine, press brew and it’s on. 

When you work none stop in your business sometimes you have to take a coffee break; a coffee break from everything and everyone. There are times when I work day and night’s non-stop, trying to create proposals, research venues and even trying to put things in order. I get so overwhelm that I STOP; get in my car, drive a few miles to Dunkin Donuts in Cedar Hill Texas and have a cup of coffee. I sit down in their little cute cafe and smile.

If you are not leaving your office to take a break; you are doing more damage to your business as if you were not doing anything. It’s about escaping and reprogramming your mind to relax for a few minutes. It’s a catnap. My catnap is a cup of coffee AWAY from the office.

It’s the joy of being away to clear your head; to exhale, to take your mind off everything.  When I return back to my office, I return with a with a new view, get-up-and-go, a clear head and more important a smile.

As small business owners we work hard; day and night, plus some of us have a full time job. It’s important that we take a break from what we are doing so that we can relax our minds. If you don’t drink coffee, take a walk, visit a friend, go have an ice cream cone, just don’t work around the clock with out taking a break.

What do you do to take a break? Where do you go to take a break? How do you fee after taking your break?

I would love for you to post your comments. Share your thoughts on taking a coffee break. Until next time.. The Business Woman. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

90 days Performance- How do you Rank? be Honest!

 When I worked in corporate America the one thing I didn't look forward to was my quarterly or annual review.  It was like I know I worked hard and now it’s time to be judge! I got good appraisals and semi bad ones; “I know on paper it’s awful, but you are REALLY doing a wonderful job, you just need to do better in bah..bah..bah”. Don’t you just love it???
The hardest thing about working for you is being HONEST with how you do in your business. 

Question: When was the last time you gave yourself a 90 days review? When was the last time you sat down to look at how you rank your performance in business, as an employee, as a customer? I decided to create a review to grade strengths, developments and goals in my company. I have to be honest, there were some areas I fell short. I chose an Employee Performance form I located on Google and sat down with a cup of coffee and had a meeting. The performance allowed me to be ranked in various areas:

·         Strengths:  Identify form the positive impact (show the employee how the strength adds value) and connect the strength to a skill.  
·         Areas for Development:  Think about the one area that if developed would have a positive impact on the employee's future contributions.  Describe what it is you want to have happen.  Describe the specifics (what would it look like).  Describe why developing this performance area is important/how it will add value. 
·         Goals:  Areas for development should be translated into goals that are SMART (Specific, Relevant, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound). 
·         Review Previous Goals/Objectives:  Create an area to review past goals and objectives

We operate our business like we expect it to be operated, that doesn't mean we are doing a bad job, it means we are doing something, and something may not always be good.

After taking my "own" performance review[honestly], I put myself on a 90 days’ notice (lol). Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually doing great, but not as great as I would expect my employees to do, and that shocked me. I put myself on notice, and immediately started making changes that my Boss [God] expects of me.  I looked at my strengths, my development, my goals I set for the next 90 days and how it will fall into my purpose.

My strength is my connection with people. Does the connection bring revenue? Am I making any money with the business cards I have on file, am I creating a community of “Liked Minded People” to assure that we all are growing?

My development comes with more education. Am I educating myself to be valuable to my business as well as my clients? And I’m staying on top of the latest trends in the industry? Have I meet with planners, chefs, and other people in the industry to assure I’m familiar with what’s happening in their industry; am I investing in conferences, workshops to meet and support others so that I can not only gain relationship, but form partnerships?

My Goals are my daily W.O.W list, so my goals are where I ranked high (lol).

I can always say I’m doing great and business is good, I can always feel like I’m
accomplishing what needs to get done, but can I rank myself and Honestly say I’m doing all I need to do to guarantee AnyEvent Sports & Entertainment Company, my business is making money and building relationships? 2013, I decide to step back and work "on" my business. I revised; redid and reset my vision. I made a lot of changes, new website, new email address and a few new partnerships.  I am making changes I feel will allow AnyEvent to bring in clients that we wants and do business with as well as those who I can build lasting relationships through support.

The end of the year is a few months away, and my 90 evaluation is in 3 month; will my strengths, developments and goals fall in line with what I set out to accomplish this year; Is it in line with my purpose?  At the end of the year; will I have repeated business from clients; an increase in my client list? Will I had built partnerships with “Liked Mined People”?  I have changed procrastinate to proactive moving forward, no looking back; no longer in the same spot saying the same thing.  I have asked for help making sure I’m improving and meeting the right people to support me and help me, I am helping others by offering help through EPBC-Event Planners Boot Camp, and my annual Women’s Brunch “Verge”.

Eight years ago the doors of AnyEvent open, and it has not been thriving like I was expecting, I made mistakes and I had some successes, I learned from others and I learn from me; the one thing I've learn and value more than anything “If I want to be successful, it’s going to require me to be the best at what I do”. I became a student this year; I talked with a lot of business owners and listen to their advice. I also sat and listen to a lot of dreamers, and I have to admit, some of them are still dreaming. I watch others push forward and others fall. It all was part of my classroom of learning.

 I challenge you to be honest and give yourself a performance review; be honest; see how well you rank in Strengths, Goals and Development. How do you rank what you completed this year, and I challenge you to put yourself on a 90 days performance notice to see if you’re able to do better, and be better.

I welcome your comments to my blog, I would love to read how you graded yourself; and did you make changes. How did the changes help your business?
Please share; I know someone will benefit from your posting. 

Until next time, The Business Woman

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Building a Community with Liked Mind People

A few Sunday’s ago, my Pastor Dr. Tony Evans started a new series of messages about building a community; a small group of support within in our church membership. At Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church we have Small groups. These small groups help members not to stand alone in a church that host over 9000 members. His vision is to make sure us as a church body support for one another. And when member gather together we become active members who do awesome things inside and outside the church. We create and build like mind communities. That is powerful.  
It’s the same in business; when you are a growing a business, it’s important that you build relationship with other entrepreneurial so you do get lost among the good, bad and the ugly of business. Making contacts and building relationship is what it will take to get you were you need to go. Remember the saying, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know”, It works in a community that support each other and support you.

At the beginning of the year, I decide to revise, review, add, and subtract things with AnyEvent. I made a crucial decision to stop just being a small business owner and creating a BUSINESS. I took the small off and put my big girl pants on, got rid of the nay-sayers and unsupported connections and did what it was going to take to have the type of clients and repeated business I want for my company.  When I made that decision, something happen, God said YAY!! You’re listening. After 8 years I begin looking at growing with like mind people. I begin taking more classes and chatting over coffee with anyone who would share with me how they got started. It didn't matter is they were an event planner or owner of a winery; I wanted to know what they knew.  I invest in education and conversation. It was so worth it.
The community began to build. I didn't jump in saying “I’m this and that” I walked through the door with my Dunkin Donuts traveling cup and said “ help me” No shame, no pridefulness just this is what I’m trying to do, How can we do it together” ?

People were open to it, and the doors begin to open. I start to learn and building a community  with like mind people not only in Texas, but Oklahoma, Atlanta, DC and Florida.. We are all working for the good of our business and learning from each other as well.  It didn't matter if they were men or women, I was building a support team that came only side me, ask me questions and held me accountable to what I must to do and what AnyEvent Sports & Entertainment Company could accomplished my short and long term goals. I now have a support of business like mind people, and that help me to “Love what I do even more.”.
A couple days ago, I attended a Breakfast Networking event held by KCBI-Dennis Page at Costco located in Arlington Texas. This networking event was going to be different for me, I was not only going to meet a different group of people, but they were Christian business owners; this was scary. As the doors were opening for this event, I rush through the doors looking for a familiar face. It was amazing how everyone was ready to connect and work with each other. I left the event with no business cards and a 2 year membership to 24 hours fitness (lol).  After reviewing the business cards I obtain at this event, I realize I was not able to use their services. Some were brokers, level marketing people, insurance companies; services I already had or seriously didn't need. But then the light bulb went on (ding..ding..ding..) But they all could use my service. So now it’s time to build a community with these like mind people.

You don’t have to do this along, get with people who are moving in the same direction you are; people you trust enough to have a cup of coffee with and talk about your dreams. Open the door to receive and give.

 Have you built a community with liked mind people? Do you want to? If you have how is that working for you? Has business increase or decrease? Please share your successes with us; I know some people would love to know how your community is going!

Until next time, The Business Woman. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Excuses are Monuments of Nothingsness

“Excuses are monuments of nothingness. They build bridges to nowhere. Those who use these tools of incompetence, seldom become anything but nothing at all.”
   Author unknown

I've been working and speaking with business coaches as well as taking time to meet and speak with a few of Dallas and DC [ top] Event and Wedding Designers.  These meetings and discussions were about their struggles and successes. I even had the opportunity to talked with "The Party Goodness" at the Dallas Small Business Expo about her support while she was going through the "unsuccessfulness" of her business; as well as sections of her book “Are you making any money”.

Listening to these powerful business people, I learned there are successful people that had nothing; no money or anything when they started their business, they just believed in what they have and it was/is a need; just like some people who believe in excuses they feed themselves each day.

 “Excuses are monuments of nothingness” and that’s what happen when you make them. Nothing! In this journey of business I realized that I’m much better than some people think I am. I’m a small company with BIG ideas and that's what they like about me. One of the event planner I had the pleasure of speaking with looked me straight dead in my eyes and said “Teri you have a passion, dig inside.. bring it out” You are so much better than you think you are! And I am. God gave me a passion to sparkle and that is what I’m determine to do is Sparkle with my gift of partying (lol)

Making excuses for your unsuccessfulness is fear. If you believe in God and the vision He gave you as a purpose, trust Him in every path of  your business, career, and even your relationships.

I made hundreds of excuses why AnyEvent wasn't “growing". I made excuses for things I thought I needed only to realize it wasn't part of God's business plan. With some great advice, I begin using the W.O.W list to take care of the excuses I fed myself that were holding me back. I saw things happening in my company and the joy I felt when I first started doing Event Planning came back.  I made changes, let go of unsuccessful things that were not working for me and realize I can really do this!  When you continue  to make [up]excuses you will build bridges to nowhere. And nowhere is where you're going with your career, business or relationships.

Those who use these tools [excuses] of incompetence, have no determination.  Are you educating your in your industry periodically? What about being education in other industry? Are you building relationship with people that are where you are in your business? Or those who are are making things happen? One of the event planner’s I spoke with began as a chef; needing to make extra money he begin helping with events and loved it.  He opened the door to more money becoming a full service event planing company. Using excuses will close the door to business; and seldom become anything but nothing at all.”   
Stop making excuses for being unsuccessful!  Everyone has a story; however everyone can change their story’s ending. I can make excuses all day long for not having a client, and seriously don’t have a client, or I can make myself available for the clientele I want to do business with.

I don’t know what your excuses are but it’s time to stop feeding yourself with them . It’s not always about the money, or that no one’s is ringing your phone; it’s not the connections or bad business decisions. It’s about what you have too many of…EXCUSES! Change your excuses in to effect and see what a difference it will make.

What are some of the excuses that you experience in your life, career, and relationship? How did you get rid of them and did things change for you when you did?

Thank you for reading the "Business Woman Blog".. I would love for you to respond to our blogs or share this site with someone you know.  You never know when you remarks may help someone!

Until next time..The Business Woman

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Write On!

Write On!!

I’m not a good writer, I know. I made a B+ in composition 1 & 2, it doesn't make me a perfect writer, just let me know that I wrote well enough to pass the class. I am the first to tell you I’m not perfect in this area of my business. My problem is I write what I say, I admit. I had people to school me by correcting me unkindly, and I have others that said “Teri, you need some help in writing?” and others that laugh at me in a sweet humorous jester.  But it’s okay because I know they meant well.

Knowing my writing is not perfect, I seek help from those I know who would help me. It’s a part of my growth to improved in areas I need assisting.  We sit down and talk about what I want to say and put it into sentences and paragraphs. I’m getting there folks; It takes time (lol) hang in there with me.

At one time I allowed others to make me feel bad about my writing; but I learned “be not ashamed of your untalents, enjoy the blessings of those who hold it”.  It’s about building the bridge together. I may never be a PERFECT writer; and I’m okay with that. It won’t stop me from trying to put the right words to the page or stop me from blogging. It will only help me to get strive to do/get better.

We all have talents God designed especially for us. We all have things that we are good at; as well things we can’t do to save our lives. I had a client that told me, “I couldn't be an event planner if they paid me double what I’m paying you! It’s too much” I understand, because what she do for a living, I definite wouldn't do.  God didn't create me to be a writer, He knew I would have books scatter all over the world; He created me to be a person that loves to party and help others enjoy themselves. I enjoy my imperfectness (lol) because it brings me to those who have the skills I need.

What are you Untalents? And how do you embrace them? Did you get help to do better? What is holding you back from asking for help? Shame..Fear.. I would love to hear from you. Please share your comment on my blog; your views just may help someone! Until next time The Business Woman.

Friday, May 24, 2013

W.O.W. Moment!

W.O.W Moment

I have been working diligently ON my company for a long time. I was doing all I can to work ON my business, but forgot that there was work to do IN my business. Trying to do this.. do that, go here.. go there, I was a MESS!!! I was busy doing something that was turning into nothing. I had a whole wall of goals to accomplish and weren't getting done AND they weren't generating any revenue!!!

After feeling exhausted every day, feeling like I was scrambled across Dallas, I decided to seek help. I started making some phones calls; sending emails to certain business women and men across the country, and chatting online with business people who knew what I was dealing with!

After speaking [venting] with a business coach, she decided to give me an undemanding project; The W.O.W assignment.  The coach instructed me to create a W.O.W list. To write down everything I KNEW I could accomplish within one week. Within. One. Week.  
 I’m going to be honest. I didn't think it would work. I had too much to do, and I NEEDED TO MAKE MONEY!!! I sat down that Saturday morning and decided to realistically write down everything I knew I could accomplish that week. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, I completed my list before the end of the week. Sunday, I wrote another W.O.W list, and I completed it again. I was OH WOW!! This works.

What made the W.O.W successful for me was not feeling the pressure of having to complete a GOAL. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favor of goals, I taught daughters how to set them, but It was too much stress for me to look at them daily without having a plan to execute them.  The W.OW allowed me to see what needed to be done and the need created set the motion to execute how it will be accomplished. 

There will be time in our business or careers we will become over whelm with the pressure of success. We will see no accomplishments completed or revenue coming through the door. That’s when you let go of your pride, admit you are sinking and go to the experts for help,  
a Business Mentor or Coach. 

The W.O.W assignment is working for me, and I’m not only accomplishing things, but creating a new avenue for income. Yesterday, I decide to compare my six weeks of W.O.W to my goals I had posted on the wall and amazingly there were a great deal accomplished.  There is still much to do in my growth for 2013, but now I can do it CALMLY and make time to enjoy AnyEvent again.

Cassandra Washington and Cheryl A. Pullin are Life /Business Coach. I love their attitude respect  they have for others.  They are mentors for those who are trying to seek help IN your business and a supporter when you need a friend.  Make the connection with them. I promise it's worth it!

Have you ever worked with a business/ mentor coach? How did it go? I would love to hear from you on your experience with a business coach. Share your success story with me and other on my blog; It may just help someone.

Until next time.
The Business Woman!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The new beginning of the year!

January 1, is every day!

Happy New Year Everyone!
Don’t you just love the ringing in of a new year that has possibilities written all over it?  January 1, the new day we set Resolution promises to do better on our jobs; with our business and in our careers; at least that’s what we tell ourselves. One of my favorite resolution is not to procrastinate, however I've learned it’s not about the resolutions as much as it’s about the action that is attached to the verb. Truth be told, we all set goals/resolutions too hard to keep, or make promises to be better and do better, but when you think about it, it can’t be accomplish unless we tackle our passion head on.

Fresh ideas and new adventures enter the New Years with me.  It’s like the first time you start your business, new position on your job or new career? Remember how fun and exciting it all was? That’s the feeling we need each day. Every day should be January 1 for us, helping to keep our energy flowing like the New Year. It’s that feeling…the attitude that will help us to take on the world, and "you know we can" determination.

For 2013, I decided to take on the newness of keeping promises by making changes to the challenges I faced last year. What about you? Even though some of your goals or resolutions were kept, make a pledge to take everything that blocked/ stopped you from moving forward; going the distance; taking you to a HIGHER level in all you want to do, by giving your best to accomplish each promise  as January 1.

Make a promise to yourself in 2013 to:
1.       Pray more
2.      Forgive yourself for mistakes you made in 2012
3.      Invest in your education within your industry
4.      Invest in a day-timer..seriously
5.      Update your business plan or resume
6.      Take networking to the next level
7.      Meet new people inside/outside your industry
8.      Ask for the contract
9.      Communicate with clients via phone, not emails
10.   Clean out your emails
11.    Update your business cards & clients list
12.   Ask a CEO out for coffee
13.   Join an industry organization
14.   Take a accounting class
15.   Join a focus group
16.   Become a speaker
17.   Do business outside your back yard
18.   Be a mentor/ get a mentor (do both)
19.   Volunteer to a nonprofit organization
20.  Create a healthy lifestyle
21.   Take a walk/hike
22.  Meditate every morning with God
23.  Relax/ take a vacation
24.  Give back

Each week I will focus on one of the promises listed above to challenge you in 2013. Share your accomplishments with us on my blog; share what you conquered, you never know how you may help someone! 
Are you ready for the New Year? Have you set your goals for 2013? I would love to hear from you. Post your comments below.. Until next time.. The Business Woman!