Resolutions and Solutions

As you approach the calendar marker of January 1st, it is typical for many to begin to nervously bite their nails as they get ready to make a new list of resolutions.  Don’t fret or stall this year because you are going to plot your resolutions differently-this year you will focus on creating solutions that are connected to each resolutions.

Put away the emery board, the only file you will need is a notes file which you will use to create a winning strategy of resolution solutions. There is a system to achievement. Ask any goal-directed person, you will hear that they worked from a productive mindset to create a repeatable success plan.T. Harv Eker, in his seminal book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, says:

“It’s  what’s under the ground that creates what’s above the ground. It’s what’s invisible that creates what’s visibleif you want to change the fruits (achieving your resolutions), you will first have to change the roots.”

Resolution success involves fertilizing your roots.  Resolutions, at any time or date, are nothing more than affirmations you plant in the soil of achievement.  When you add solutions-nothing more than a road map to your affirmed resolutions- you are then operating with the dynamic power of the invisible and the visible. Become a tree planted by the water, be NOT moved.

Resolution Solutions Steps:

  1. Go ahead.  Start writing your heartfelt resolutions. Make each one in the form of a declaration. Use “I am” statements-create your future truth.
  2. Each declaration must also have a solution statement or page-depending on the breath and depth of what you are resolving to do. For example: Resolution-I am an author, I will publish my manuscript by September 2014. Your solution statement may be-I will write or edit two pages every day.
  3. Post your resolutions and solution statements in your meditation room, on the refrigerator, on the mirror, and/ or on your bedroom door.               Success Solution:  tell three  people what you have resolved to do (make sure you solidify your base of support by telling at least one person who has done what you resolve to do, solicit the help of an expert who will support you).
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created by ChrisGorgio

Bringing forth your resolutions from the “invisible” also means that your resolution tree is grounded, planted with indissoluble definiteness. In the book, Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits!, the opportunity step for the obstacle doubt is to write “I believe” statements.

Say: “I believe” a million times a day, especially when you pass the areas where you have written your resolution/solution statement(s). Pause, plant roots in your life soil often, think about what you believe-make the invisible visible. Write it, say it.
Resolution solution suggestion:  Once your initial list is complete, start off by using the first 25 days to inculcate your resolutions.  Stand in front of your page(s) and repeat out loud every resolution you have written.  Say the resolution, then put your hand over your heart and affirm out loud using the words “I believe” after each one. Master this technique. Toss the emery board, get a resolution board. Toss the calendar, get started writing your resolutions and solutions today!

Resolutions and solutions are the invisible roots that make visible your life tree.

Email your resolution/solution list to me – anita@anitajefferson.com – and I will send you a mid-year reminder as a check-in to give you support.

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Business Resolutions for 2011

If you resolve to be in business in 2011, then these resolutions can solidify your efforts to keep the doors open.

Resolution 1: Love your customers/clients. Oftentimes business owners, large and small, eventually neglect their primary money stream usually because they get busy and mis-direct their focus on operations. A stay-in-business rule is to nurture your customers/clients with attention and appreciation.

Resolution 2: Streamline operations. Take a hard look at how you operate your business. Look for industrial efficiency in every process you use.  When, not if,  you find redundancy modify the process right away. Streamlining saves money, but more importantly it allows you to stay customer focused and lean.

Resolution 3: Consult. Now that you have returned your business focus to your customers and have evaluated the efficiency of your operations the next resolution should be to consult with staff, customers, and other stakeholders to find out even more ways to retain your customer base but to expand your market share. You get what you request and reward.  Use performance management listening mechanisms such as:

  • Become an “undercover boss”
  • face-to-face meetings with key players in the company,
  • surveys to all stakeholders that include incentives so that you really get a listening pulse about your business
  • benchmark research – know your competition and work to gain an edge

Howard Schultz summarizes the point this way, “You can’t expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don’t exceed the expectations of management.”

Resolution 4: Study your business mission statement. Often a corporate mission statement is overlooked. Why? Because it becomes like white paper on white walls – you just pass it by even though it is posted right in front of your eyes. Make it your business mission resolution to “see” your mission statement every day and make a comparison with what you say is of value to your business and what you are actually doing. If your business is out of alignment with the mission statement do one of two things: 1. Get back in alignment or 2. modify your mission to reflect the changed direction of your business.

Resolution 5: Enjoy what you do. The honorable way to maintain a healthy business and a healthy you is to live with two principles: the highest ethics and integrity and balance. Superior business leaders know that integrity in all things is the best policy. Ask yourself if you are in complete integrity with your word, within your personal life, with your customers and staff, with yourself. If you find any area of integrity misalignment, fix it! Last, ask yourself if you are in balance – do you take vacation, are you happy, do you like being a business owner? The answer to these pivotal questions formulate the solid base for all of your business resolutions for 2011.

Your business will exceed growth and profit expectations in 2011 with strong resolutions. Be resolute. Work your business, using these resolutions, and it will work for you.