Integrating Business and Personal Development

Hello, and thank you for visiting! This website is primarily about business and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit, but it is also about creating a life of success and abundance. It is about looking inside ourselves and learning to become the leaders that we have always known we could be.

What separates this website from the others? You do. The purpose is to empower you to develop your strengths and your passions. I invite you to take a look at some of the tips, insights and knowledge that I have gathered over the years in order to create a better life for myself. Part of that betterment is to share what I have learned, with the hope that it will make a difference in the lives of others, as well.

Work With Me Directly

If you read about what I do, then you know that I believe a home-based business in direct sales marketing is the way to go. The Internet has connected us to the rest of the world and it is the new way to do business. Unfortunately, there are so many get-rich-quick schemes out there, that the legitimate businesses get lost in the shuffle. If someone tries to tell you that you will have success with no effort, they are not being honest. If you responded to any of these ads and had poor results, then you are probably a little disillusioned with the idea of a home-based business.  I cannot stress enough the importance for all of us to do our due diligence before we invest in a business of any kind.

We are, however, entering an era of huge online business opportunity and the potential for creating wealth is unprecedented. With traditional “jobs” disappearing and companies closing, the old way of doing business becoming obsolete.  It is time to move in a different direction.

As the new breed of entrepreneurs,  we must be ready to take responsibility for our own destinies and our own success. The time couldn’t be better to finally take the step to secure a better future for yourself and your family.

If you have been looking for a home-based business at all, these are questions I would like you to consider:

Have you ever seen an opportunity that offered training that can help you to  market an existing business AND offer you an affiliate marketing plan to help you earn a great income.

A company that offers a simple, duplicatable program that anyone can follow.

A company that is financially stable, has great leaders, and an outstanding compensation plan?

A model that offers the potential of not only an income that can allow you to quit your job, but a residual income as well?

A company that offers you 100% commissions, which is unheard of in the Internet marketing business.

One with unparalleled support, training, and mentoring to help you succeed?

Well, I have and I would like to introduce it to you. It’s called Empower Network, a revolutionary new blogging system that earns you cash so easily you will be amazed.I would be happy to work with you personally in this company and teach you the market strategies that have been tested and proven.  If you are serious about changing your life, take a look inside at one of the simplest, most powerful ways to create wealth. One that will finally show you how to live life on your own terms! Click Here to see for yourself.

I look forward to meeting you…

Wendy Tait

You can contact me at:

1-203-775-8805

or

wendy@wendytait.com

A Scary Economy: How to Fight Back

As entrepreneurs, we spend our time earnestly building our businesses and providing for our families with the hope that we can create something that will be lasting and of benefit to our children and their children. That is what we were taught to do and what our parents were taught to do. But, something is different.

By now, we have all begun to realize that, with our country’s (and the world’s) changing economic picture, the same rules of investing and financial planning no longer apply. It is no longer as simple as finding a professional planner, staying out of debt, and building a diversified portfolio. We just have to look around us to see what has happened to an entire generation of Americans who did “all the right things”. Many of them lost a substantial amount of their net worth and are working far longer than they had anticipated. There were a number of contributing factors including greed, poor advice, and a lack of honesty and integrity in our financial institutions. The result is that we are left on the edge of a global financial meltdown. We must start looking for ways to survive an economic crisis that few of us have witnessed in our lifetime. That is why I would like to share with my readers and associates something that I have discovered and have been following for several months now. It is a relatively new project started by one of my fellow network marketers and has proven to be an invaluable planning asset for me.

For anyone who has been in the Network marketing business for a while, Mike Dillard is a very well known name. His ingenuity, commitment, vision and drive led him from waiting on tables to becoming a self-made millionaire in just a year and a half at the age of 26.

His two major companies, Magnetic Sponsoring and Better Networker have earned many millions in profits and have impacted the lives of over a million entrepreneurs worldwide. He is considered the industry’s top authority on Internet and attraction marketing.

When I received his email several months ago, announcing that he was stepping down as CEO of these incredible enterprises that he worked so hard to build, it is an understatement to say that I was shocked. How could he just walk away and relinquish control to someone else?

Well, as I read on, I began to understand. He talked about changes in his life, such as becoming a new husband and father. He also talked about a realization that he knew how to make tremendous amounts of money, but didn’t know how to invest it. Although still a young man, he was searching for a way to create a residual income for himself and his new family. He knew that understanding Internet Marketing was very different from understanding money and wealth. What Mike did recognize, however, was that there are people out there who do really know what to do with money and have built significant fortunes despite difficult economic times. He decided to find these people and learn from them. The result has been the launch of a new company called The Elevation Group.

The Elevation Group was designed to take anyone who is interested inside the “black-box investing strategies” of the rich. He has arranged for individuals who are worth tens of millions and even billions of dollars, to teach the strategies and techniques that they use to invest, protect, and grow their wealth.

This group is for anyone who wants a better financial future for themselves and their families, whether they are young and just starting out or ready to retire. Even if you are struggling to get out of debt or presently have no money to invest, this group can help to shape your financial future.

Mike’s vision is huge. This new project he has undertaken is huge. Despite the fact that he is not a financial guru, he has made a 280% return since 2008 using these strategies, while everyone else is losing on their traditional investments. He is now willing to share what he has learned (and is still learning) so that the rest of us can benefit from his hard work and foresight.

With the steady decline of the value of the dollar, intelligent investment has been a concern of mine for the past few years. So, when the invitation came to participate in the beta-test for The Elevation Group, I jumped at the chance.

I was completely riveted by the information that was presented. They speak about “an unimaginable economic shift that will change the course of history”. I have learned about such things as precious metals, banking, and taxes, just to name a few. I am learning how to protect my family and myself from the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

To learn how to MAKE money go to Empower Network, an incredibly easy blogging system that will provide you with more income to invest than you ever thought possible.

To learn how to INVEST money go to The Elevation Group . They can teach you how to “think like the rich” and actually profit from what is taking place right now.

To a secure future for you and your family,

Wendy

Entrepreneurs…Good or Evil?

 

If you have landed on my website, WendyTait.com, then something inside of you must yearn to be an entrepreneur. Perhaps you long to be one of those people who change not only their own life, but the lives of others as well. That is what this site is all about and I believe that this desire is in most of us. Maybe you have always dreamed of leaving your job and being your own boss. Perhaps you lost your job in these difficult times and are calling on your inner resources to discover a new path for yourself and your family. Maybe you have an idea that you would like to share with the world. Whatever it is that calls us to be entrepreneurs, it is a good thing and, I believe, an undeniable part of the human spirit.

Unfortunately, in recent months, the entrepreneur has been given a bad name. Class warfare has been promoted in the “99%” vs. the “1%”. The very wealthy among us are being perceived as evil and selfish. Is that true?

Forbes magazine gives us a list (Forbes 400) of those who are worth a $1billion or more. Granted, many of them have inherited their fortunes. But, at least 70% are self-made billionaires. Among the most notable of them is Apple’s Steve Jobs, who gave us the iPad and iPhone. Then there are the founders of Google, Starbuck’s, Subway, and AOL. What about Facebook’s founder, 27-year-old Mark Zuckerberg? There is no doubt that he forever changed the way we communicate socially. Are these people to be hated or admired and thanked for improving the lives of the “99%”?

Everyone loves a “rags to riches” story because it gives us hope. Those stories are what make America unique. That is where our prosperity lies…in the innovation of those of us who have the vision, perseverance, and energy to pursue their dreams. They are the ones that refused to give up no matter how many times they failed because they had faith in themselves and their ideas.

Maybe the real problem in our nation is frustration with unemployment, disillusionment due to failed government policies, and politicians who promise the world, but deliver little. Maybe it’s all the factory closings, foreclosures, and an all-around weak economy. But, blaming the wealthy “1%” is not only missing the mark, it is destructive. It aims at undermining the very thing that sets our country apart and makes it great…capitalism. It discourages pursuit of the American Dream.

So, maybe we should not make today’s economic problems about class. We need more successful entrepreneurs, not fewer. They are not our enemy. They are the creative problem-solvers and the hope for the future of our country. We should focus, instead, on how we can help ourselves. Taking personal responsibility for our own lives and developing our own entrepreneurial spirit is the surest path to becoming that “success story” that everyone envies.

 

To the entrepreneur in you,

 Wendy

Join me today and find the entrepreneur inside of you.

 

Developing the Art of Leadership

“Leadership is action, not position”. This quote by Donald H. McGannon says it all because being in the position of leader doesn’t mean you are a leader. It only means that you’re the boss. In order to be a real and effective leader you need certain attributes and skills, which, fortunately, can be learned if you have the desire to do so. Leadership is about influencing others to accomplish an objective, but your followers must believe that you are worthy of being followed.

Whether you run a small family business or a large corporation, your ability to display leadership is crucial to the smooth operation and success of your enterprise.

Transform yourself into the leader you need to be with these fundamentals:

Know Yourself. This means not only knowing who you are as a person, but being able to recognize your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Your followers must see you as genuine so that they trust you and have confidence in you. Without trust and respect there can be no inspiration.

Be Ethical. Being honest in your business dealings goes without saying. But, being an ethical leader is about much more than that. It is about being of service to others and truly having their best interest at heart. It is about caring and understanding the needs and motivations of those around you.

Communicate Effectively. A leader should not only have good verbal communication skills, but he or she must be able to lead by example. When people see you doing the work it takes to get results, they will be more willing to do the same. A boss will tell his followers what to do. A leader will show them how it is done. A good leader will be able to convey a strong vision for the future that his followers will want to be a part of and, thus, strive to help him to achieve.

Be Knowledgeable. Know your business and always seek to improve yourself and gain new knowledge through study, interaction with others in your field and experience. Being confident comes from being competent.

Accept Responsibility. When something goes wrong figure out what you could have done differently to prevent it. Fix the problem, learn from it, and move on.

Be Credible. Plan well and make good choices. Do what you say you are going to do and follow through in a timely manner.

Motivate. A good leader provides direction through team training, goal setting, problem solving, coaching and counseling. Be accessible to your employees and associates and always make sure they know that they are appreciated and valuable to you and your organization.

Recruit Wisely. As a leader, you want to recruit potential leaders, not just followers. The strength and success of an organization depends on the team as a whole, not on the leader alone. People that are positive, motivated self-starters require less training and attention and will grow your business faster.

Remember that people will join you and your company or team not because they like you, but because they see you as a leader who can help them achieve their goals.

Becoming a leader isn’t easy, but with conscious effort and commitment it can be achieved and the ultimate results, in terms of your company’s growth, will be your reward.

To your success,

Wendy Tait

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”- John Maxwell

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Adams

Reconnecting and Lessons Learned

We have all watched in horror over the past month as the severe weather in the South and Midwest has caused unheard of damage and loss of life. Hardly a day goes by without hearing about another devastating tornado. My heart breaks for the families involved who are struggling to put their lives back together.

I have often commented to my husband about how fortunate we are here in the Southern New England to have relatively benign weather. With the exception of an occasional serious snowstorm (which I love), life stays on a pretty even keel weather-wise and we NEVER lose our power. Amazing.

If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you may have heard me mention the fact that I am a bit of a workaholic. I love feeling productive and I love what I do. Now that my children are grown, it seems that I have become even more work oriented. The afternoon debriefings I gave them (I loved hearing about every little thing that went on in school) have now become  quick chats with my sons by phone once or twice a week and maybe a few minutes a day with my daughter. Although she still lives at home, she doesn’t always want to share what’s happening in her busy life. As for my husband, he’s not much of a conversationalist… especially during baseball season. So, for the most part, there is little to keep me from my computer. I do take time out for walks and Zumba classes, because I know how important it is to exercise, both for body and soul.

You may wonder where all this is leading.

Well, last Thursday was a pretty normal day. I listened to my company’s “Wake Up To Success” call in the morning, which makes me feel connected to my company “family” here at Empower Network and which really does give me a fresh start to my day. I then called a bunch of prospective business partners, three of them who were especially nice and sounded perfect for our company. I made arrangements to talk to each of them again that evening. One at 6pm, one at 7pm and one at 7:45.

I continued checking off my “to do” list. Do some online banking. Make two calls to relatives who are recovering from surgeries. Pay some bills. Put in some time on an ebook I am writing. Check. Check. Check. I was actually feeling quite efficient and proud of myself.

Around 5pm, I was getting a little tired, so I thought I would rest a little before I made my scheduled calls. As I lay on my bed, I watched out the window as the sky grew darker and the trees started to sway. I had heard that there might be a thunderstorm. No big deal.

It began to rain harder and the trees really started to bend. How beautiful it was!

The thunder and lightening came closer and all of a sudden the television went fuzzy. Darn. I knew better than to leave it on during an electrical storm. I thought of how glad I was that I had at least shut down the computers. Well, after a short time, everything subsided. The wind stopped and the lightening moved away. It was over. By now it was about 5:50pm and time to get ready for my calls.

As I walked toward my office, it happened. Everything went quiet. But we NEVER lose our power…right? Wrong. No lights. No computers. No phones. I quickly grabbed my purse and fumbled around until I found my rarely used cell phone. Dead battery. Ironically, I only keep it for emergencies.

“That’s okay,” I thought, “there is still my husband’s cell phone.” Wrong. That also had a low battery, which I realized at that point,  I would have to conserve. Wow. Talk about unprepared! Some business owner. I felt helpless.

What do I do now? Nothing. I realized that there was nothing I could do except step back, be thankful that there was no real damage to our home or property and be thankful that it was summer instead of winter. We would have to make do and figure out how we were going to function here if the power was out for more than a few hours. I had filled the tub needlessly so many times before storms that I just didn’t bother any more. After all, we NEVER lose our power! One hour went by, two hours, three hours…..

That night my daughter and I spent some time together on the patio just catching up on things we hadn’t made time to talk about for a while. My husband and I played cards by candlelight and then slept peacefully with the windows open. There were no sounds other than those coming from the woods outside our window and the fresh smell left by the summer rain. It was wonderful.

It is now two days later and we still have no television, no phones, and no computers. From what I hear on my portable radio, our town still has many trees and power lines down and it might be awhile before services are up and running again. The strange thing is that all of this is beginning to feel less like and inconvenience and more like a blessing. I am actually writing this post with a pencil while my husband sits beside me quietly reading the newspaper. I think I could get used to this primitive stuff!

I watched as a bird snuggled into her nest outside our family room window this morning. Maybe we’ll go for a hike later. Maybe I’ll take that book I’ve wanted to read outside and enjoy an early summer afternoon on the porch. It all feels so laid back. Almost like a vacation…one without a laptop or cell phone.

When my thoughts snap back to reality, I feel embarrassed about my missed phone appointments and sorry that I inconvenienced those people. I can only hope that they will understand my predicament when I explain. Whether or not they will want to be in business with someone who doesn’t even remember to charge her cell phone is another story! But, I firmly believe that there is a reason for everything and if they are meant to join me, they will.

I know that in a matter of days, I will be back to my busy routine and loving it. But, I hope that I will not forget the lessons I have learned from this experience. Aside from the obvious one, being better prepared, I have also learned that there are wonderful things in the world outside my office. There is my family to be enjoyed and appreciated, there is sunshine and momma birds to watch, flowers to pick and card games to play.

I believe that the storm was God’s way of reminding me to reconnect and to remember how lucky I am.

Blessings,

Wendy

 

Update: It is now five days since the storm ( who knew?) and I am finally able to get online and post this. I feel renewed and ready to go back to work. I still have to check my email and find out what surprises await, but one thing I do know is that I am so lucky to have my own business. Just one more of my blessings. I don’t have to worry that I might lose my job because I missed so many days of work. Maybe I’ll even take a few days off again soon! I don’t have to ask anyone.

If you would like to find out more about working for yourself or about what I do, go here.

How to Keep Your Home Office Organized

Starting your day in a neat, organized office can make your productivity soar. It makes you want to go to work. Who wants to be greeted with a work surface piled high with papers and unopened mail, a stack of unfiled documents in the corner, old coffee cups and newspapers? How nice it would be to see only your computer, fax machine, phone and maybe a stapler on your desk. Well, that’s all you should see when your day begins, so let’s get organized!

First, make sure the walkway to your office is cleared of storage boxes or unused equipment. If these things are not used on a daily basis they can be stored somewhere other than your workspace, such as a closet or an attic. Maybe some of these items can even be discarded. Getting rid of any excess clutter can make your office feel more spacious and inviting.

Next, clear everything off your desktop. Group loose documents that should be filed together, shred first drafts of final documents, discard papers that are no longer relevant to projects you are working on or have finished, and group together pens, pencils, etc. You get the idea. Throw away old newspapers or notes that you have made for completed tasks. Make a “to do” file for items that need attention.

Be sure to buy drawer organizers to keep things such as paperclips, stamps, and writing devices in order. Color-coded files can be useful for locating documents quickly. You might want to use bins for storing stationary, copy paper, extra cords, etc. that might clutter your desk drawers.

Don’t forget to label your bins, shelves and folders so that you will know immediately where to find something when you are looking for it. You can use a bulletin board or dry erase board for important notes or reminders. You can also use a planner that you keep with you at all times. You can check it in the morning to see what has to be done that day, clients you have to see, appointments you have to keep, or calls you have to make. It’s also great to have when you’re waiting somewhere, such as a doctor’s office, if you have a great idea that you want to jot down or remember something that needs to be done.

Keeping an organized, well-run office reflects in everything you do. It portrays you as put-together, efficient and capable. Being orderly can have a lasting affect on your business and your life.

Happy Organizing!

Wendy

For more information to help you to declutter and organize you can click here for a free report.

Setting Up Your Home Office

So, you have finally made the decision to start your own home-based business, but you have to figure out where you are going to put your “office” and just what you will need to run it efficiently. Here are some tips that should get you up and running in no time.

  1. First, you need to find a great spot to work. If you have a separate room that you can use for your home office, that’s great. That is the ideal situation. But, if you don’t have an entire room to spare, then you can set up in a nook, on a stair landing if it’s big enough, in a corner of the living room, or in a loft. Try to separate the space with a folding screen or decorative barrier of some kind. Locate it in a place that is as far away from household traffic and distracting activity as possible. Wherever you choose to work, make sure that is a dedicated spot so that when you are there you (and others in the household) will get the message that you are “at work”. Extra tip: Having a dedicated space will be important if you plan to use it as a tax deduction.
  2. Find a place with as much light and ventilation as possible. If there is limited natural light, use adequate general and task lighting. A bright place to work is conducive to productivity, not to mention being easier on your eyes. If you have a dark spot, just keeping the wall color a lighter hue will reflect what light you have more effectively.
  3. You will need a clear work surface. Your desktop should have only the essentials such as a phone, a fax machine, and a computer. When you are working you should have only the project at hand on your desk. That way you will not be tempted to move from one thing to another.
  4. Treat yourself to a really comfortable desk chair. You will want to spend more time working and feel better at the end of the day if you are sitting in a well-designed office chair. Extra tip: Many areas have stores that sell used office furniture, which can be great places to snag a leather executive chair for half price!
  5. If you don’t have extra floor space, use the walls to hang cabinets and bookshelves and build up. Use bins and baskets to group items together (i.e. stationary in one box, catalogues in another). Be sure to label each bin so that you don’t waste time searching for things. Extra tip: Craft stores have all kinds of labeling choices in the scrapbooking section.
  6. Reference materials should be close at hand, but not on the work surface. They can go on the bookshelves above your desk.
  7. If excess computer and electrical cords are unsightly, they can be coiled inside a rubber turtle that you can buy at your office supply store. Data cords and electrical cords should be kept separate. Extra tip: The plastic tabs from bread bags make great markers for cables, etc. so that you know which cord is which.
  8. Gather CDs and organize them in a binder and store it on your bookshelf. That way they are all together and at your fingertips when you need them.
  9. Make use of color-coded files and large paper fasteners to keep documents and papers organized. Finished projects and archives can be kept somewhere other than your office, like a closet or the attic.
  10. Keep all of your extra supplies in a closet or in a bin on your bookshelves, or even in a box under your desk if there is room. Keep only the supplies you use every day inside your desk and use compartmented organizers to keep them neat. Try to remove all irrelevant items (personal bills, brochures, etc.) from your work area.
  11. You can personalize your home office by hanging framed diplomas or any awards that you might have as a pleasant reminder of what you have achieved. A vision board can be hung where it is easy for you to see as a daily reminder of what you plan to achieve.

There are pros and cons to having your office in your home, but I personally feel that the good points far outweigh the bad. If you have self-discipline and adequate space to operate your home-based business efficiently you should be on your way to a rewarding experience.

To your success,

Wendy

Two sites I recommend for additional help with organizing are DeClutter Fast and Get Organized Now. They have great ideas!

Who Are You Going to Be in the New Year?

Who are you going to BE in the New Year? Does that question sound strange? Shouldn’t I be asking, “What are you going to DO in the New Year?

Your answers would probably be:

Lose weight

Improve my business

Pay off my debt

Save money

Improve my relationships

Those things are all fine, but they are not the answers to the question I asked, which was, “Who are you going to BE?”

In the world of business, who you ARE is the all-important factor in determining success.

BE…DO…HAVE. That is the order of success.

You must BE the leader others want to emulate.

You must BE the mentor others turn to.

You must BE the honest businessperson others can trust.

You must BE the benevolent contributor others are grateful for.

You must BE the rock others can depend on.

You must BE the authority others go to for answers.

You must BE the motivator who inspires others to achieve.

You must BE the dependable one who shows up no matter what.

The point is that who you are prepared to BE has everything to do with what action you will take and what you will ultimately Have.

So, get out there and BE all that you can be and watch the transformation in your life!

Happy New Year to all my dear friends and associates!

To your success,

Wendy

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. – Ralph Marston

Legal Terminology: How Much Do You Understand? Take a Short Quiz

Legal terminology, or “lawyers’ talk” (sometimes known as legalese) is something that we all have to contend with at one time or another, especially if we are business owners. There are contracts, leases, and other legal documents that are vital to the efficient operation of even a small company.

When your lawyer sends you a contract with a little sticky note that says, “Please review and sign,” you are bound to come across a few of these formal-sounding legal terms. Now, he or she has probably given you the gist of the content and I trust my lawyer completely, but as conscientious entrepreneurs, we want to make sure that we are in agreement with everything we are signing. I don’t know about you, but as much as I would love to skim past those fancy (usually Latin) terms, I am stopped dead in my tracks and my eyes keep returning to that phrase that I’m not quite sure I understand.

Many legal terms, such as bona fide, status qou, and subpoena, have become a part of the language that we all use and understand. Some others, however, are more likely to be encountered only in actual legal documents and courtrooms.

Business owners or not, one of the most important things to remember is that we should never stop learning, whether it is through courses, reading, or just silly quizzes about boring legal jargon!

“The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.” Will Rogers

Here is a little quiz, just for fun, to see how many of these legal terms you recognize and can define.

10 Business Resolutions for the New Year

As entrepreneurs and business owners, this is the time when we reflect on our progress over the last year and plan ways in which we will improve our businesses in the year to come.

I find that it is more effective to promise myself to do several smaller, goal-oriented tasks than to say something like “I will increase my income this year by 25%”. Before I make any resolutions, I re-evaluate my own performance over the past year. What could I have done to make my business run more smoothly? How closely did I stick to my business plan? Am I where I hoped I would be at the end of 2010? Then I decide what I can do to improve.

Here are 10 ideas for business resolutions for the New Year and a few tricks to help you stick to them.

  1. Reduce wasted time. Vow to spend less time doing things that do not generate income such as checking email, socializing on facebook, and general “busy work” designed to “get you ready” to make money.
  2. Let go of tire-kickers. Not everyone is going to be ideally suited to your business. Concentrate on the alphas that are ready to be leaders and forget the ones that have to be convinced to join you.
  3. Know your clients and future business associates. Understand their needs and be present in your conversations with them. Let them know that you truly care about them and helping them to solve their problems.
  4. Follow up. Promise yourself that when you say you will do something, you will DO IT. Call clients back promptly and meet your deadlines with time to spare.
  5. Stay focused on each task and FINISH IT before you move on to the next one. Action gets more results and respect than words.
  6. Promote your business. Getting new leads and customers is a priority if you want to stay in business. Promise yourself that, if you are not a great marketer yourself, then you will hire someone who is.
  7. Join a Networking group or create your own Mastermind group. By regularly talking to people who have common business interests, you will stimulate your own creativity and gain new perspective and spark new ideas to revitalize your business.
  8. Keep Learning. Make it a point to take courses, attend webinars, or listen to audiotapes. Vow to become an EXPERT in your field and then keep up with all the new ideas that can improve your business.
  9. Take care of yourself. Promise to exercise and eat right. Spend time on your own personal development. “Investing” in yourself will make you better able to handle your business challenges when they arise
  10. Be realistic. Don’t make your New Year’s resolutions so daunting that you will abandon them in a few weeks. Set small, clear, measurable goals and set a date by which to achieve them.

Be sure to write down each of your resolutions. By putting them on paper, you will increase your commitment to them. Post them where you (and everyone else) can see them. This makes you publicly accountable for the results. Also, review them periodically to check your progress. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments when necessary. If something’s not working, change it.

The fact is, that with or without New Year’s resolutions, the responsibility for the positive outcome of your business falls on your shoulders. But, any tool you can use to help you achieve your goals will bring you another step closer to success!

To your success in the New Year,

Wendy Tait

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