These are present tense “resolutions.” Read them a few times, and then say them aloud to yourself as often as possible throughout the year. This is a great list to refer back to over and over again.
These resolutions are not about what you will do. They are about what you are doing. Let's make it happen in 2012!
- I am not in the passion pit. I know that passion is not a business model. I do not allow my passion for my work to thwart my ability to make solid business decisions. Read about avoiding the passion pit.
- I do not spend too much time sitting at a computer . While I will invest time on FaceBook, Twitter, etc., so I can market my business, I take frequent breaks to maintain my health. I exercise regularly and with intention. If I need to, I am escaping obesity in 2012.
- I use technology wisely. I know that the growth of my business depends on my wise and consistent use of technology. I am proactive about learning how technology can help me, and then take action to make it happen.
- I always bring my A Game. I do my best, but that's just for starters. I always bring my A Game, and I insist on results.
- I watch my money. I plan and account for every penny I spend. I use credit wisely. I borrow money to create leverage. I do not borrow money on a whim. I do not borrow money unless I have a plan to pay it back.
- I maintain my own branded media outlets. I create and publish content that bears my brand name, so I can expand my platform, reach more prospective customers, and create new business opportunities for myself.
- I drink lots of water. Water keeps my body hydrated so it can feel and perform well. I drink as much as I can every day.
- I attend local business networking events regularly. I create and nurture professional relationships in my community by attending local events that offer opportunities to learn from and support other Indies. You can start with the Worldwide Indie Business Meetup in your town on January 14, 2012!
- I support other handmade businesses. Not only do I like their FaceBook Pages, but when possible, I buy products and services from other creative people who work for themselves.
- When I learn something, I pass it on. I have a responsibility to pay it forward. I do not divulge my trade secrets without compensation, nor should I be expected to. Otherwise I pay it forward.
- I eat as healthfully as possible. I enjoy cakes and cookies from time to time, but I know my body. I eat as healthfully as possible, whatever that means for me. I am always learning about new ways to maintain a healthy diet.
- I splurge on myself. I am worth it. A special facial, a new string of pearls, a new purse … I work hard and I deserve to splurge on myself now and then.
- I have a coach and/or mastermind group to help me be accountable and grow. I am proactive about seeking out people who can help me grow and succeed. I and my business are worth it.
- I know what I want from my business. I am not in business just because it's fun. I am not in business just to make money. My business produces specific things that I want in my life. I know what those things are and I pursue them diligently.
- I maintain a dynamic business plan. My business plan does not sit on a shelf. It is alive and vibrant with each action I perform in my business. I review my plan often to eliminate what's not working, tweak what should be working and add new things. My plan is dynamic. My business does not bore me, and it does not bore my customers.
- I read. A lot.. Because readers are leaders, I invest a significant amount of time reading books and magazines that I enjoy, and that can help me achieve my goals. Start with Indie Business Book Club!
- I charge what my products and services are worth. I am entitled to make as much money as I can with the talents and gifts I have been given, and the education and experiences I have accumulated. I charge what my products are worth. I am fair to myself and to my customers.
- I am a woman (or man) of influence. The actions I take in my business lead to the expansion of my sphere of influence. This allows me to be successful in all of my current endeavors, as I also pave the way for success in my future ones. Read about becoming a woman of influence.
- I do not waste time watching television. And I am not replacing the television with the Internet either.
- I create multiple streams of assets. I am not just creating income streams. I am creating assets. Whether it's a blog, a podcast, an e-book, a new product line or a new website, every asset I create gives birth to new opportunities for me to help more people and generate more income. Read more about what I think of multiple streams of income.
Question: Can you share your handmade business resolutions in the comments? Remember to write them in the present tense.