In our last article, "Reflections - Past, Future, Present" we talked about reflections and how the holiday season is the one time of year that we find ourselves reflecting, without even trying. In addition to reflecting during the holiday season, as a new year begins again, we are also no doubt thinking about what we would like to do differently, stop doing, or that new thing we would like to try. We commit to a decision, and start off January with a new focus.
The reality is that resolutions tend to fall short as time goes on. We start out strong, but I bet you can attest to not always sticking to the resolution. You are in a very small minority if you have achieved your resolution throughout the year. What about your franchise business? As you have reflected on the past year, have you considered resolutions for the new year? Are you committed to keeping them throughout the year, and do you have a mechanism in place to ensure you do not fall short on your commitment?
We typically do not view setting business goals or business planning for the new year as making resolutions. However, it truly is what we are doing. As a business owner, we are looking at things we would like to keep doing, and hopefully get better, things we would like to start doing, and then those things that we would like to stop doing.
For example, perhaps you have been thinking about what the new year has in store and you are considering things for your franchise like:
Resolutions do not have to fall short. In fact, in business it is imperative that we work harder than ever to keep our commitments. Doing so will ensure that you not only have a stronger foothold going into the year, but you also might find yourself enjoying the exercise as the year draws to the end. You might even find that as you work to keep the resolutions you have set forth for your business that you become an expert at setting and keeping personal New Year's resolutions.
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