Rich and Michael’s Most Excellent Adventure

Rich and Michael’s Most Excellent Adventure

Michael and Rich Greer

Michael and Rich Greer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich and Michael’s Most Excellent Adventure

We will be taking another road on this blog.  I thought you might like to hear how someone actually does it – go through the process of buying a franchise, start it, grow it and enjoy the benefits.  That someone is actually me and my 27 year old son, Michael.

A little background may be needed here for some of my readers.  I purchased my first franchise in 1990.  And I didn’t know what to look for or how to buy one.  I just knew someone who had one and I envied his life compared to mine – lost in the maze of cubicles and lunatics.
I sold that franchise in 1999.  Then I took 3 years off to enjoy time with my family and travel.  I started my second franchise in 2002.  That one I grew and sold in 2009, again taking time off (this time two years).  In 2011 I became the franchise broker who you know now and I thought I was set for life – I truly enjoy what I do as I help others find their perfect franchise.
In the meantime my son Michael graduated from his university in 2012.  All was well in the Greer family.  However about a year ago in early 2015 Michael came to me with a request.  With my expertise in finding great franchises for others he asked for me to find the perfect franchise match for him.  He told me he had grown weary of going to a place with people going through the motions with very few leaders but a lot of bosses and his 8’ X 8’ cubicle that he gets to escape for an hour every day to grab a lunch then back to the cubicle. Michael lived for his weekends which always ended way too soon.   He just couldn’t see putting in another 40 years to hopefully last long enough to retire.  Michael looked back on the life he grew up in – a family who owned franchises and had a great work/life balance.  His Mom and Dad attended every school play,every soccer match and football practice.  We had breakfast together as a family and his parents were home when he got in from school.  He wanted that for himself and his future family.  I was actually proud that Michael approached me.  He learned a very valuable lesson that took me until the age of 35 to learn – the only way to get back that control in your life and attain great work/life balance is to become an entrepreneur.
So the adventure began.  I will bring this adventure to life for you in the coming issues as you watch us go from the idea “I want to do something else but don’t know what” to selecting the right franchise to buying the franchise, startup, growth and enjoying the life.

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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5 Key Takeaways from The Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2016

5 Key Takeaways from The Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2016

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Takeaways from The Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2016

2015 saw stronger gains in the U.S. franchise sector than were projected the year before, marking the fifth straight year of strong, steady growth despite a sluggish economy.

As we head into the new year, IHS Economics has released its Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2016 ( Click here for your copy of the Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2016 ), and the projections look promising.

We’ve pulled 5 of the biggest takeaways from the new report to give you a brief guide to the economic year ahead.

1. Steady growth is expected for 2016

The IHS expects the number of franchise establishments to grow by 1.7% in 2016, on track with the pace of growth in 2015.

2. Employment growth will outpace the rest of the economy

For the past five years, the franchise sector has created more jobs industry-wide than the rest of the economy, and that trend is expected to continue into 2016.

3. GDP of the franchise sector will exceed the growth of U.S. GDP

The gross domestic product (GDP) of the franchise sector is set to increase by 5.6% to $553 billion in 2016, outpacing the growth of U.S. GDP at 4.4%.

4. Real consumer spending growth is expected to increase

The consumer outlook for 2016 will remain as positive as it was last year. Real disposable income is expected to increase 3.1% this year after increasing 3.6% last year. Real consumer spending growth is expected to get a boost to 3.0% by 2017.

5. A huge boost for housing starts

The IHS expects housing starts to surpass a 1.3 million-unit annualized rate by the start of 2017, a whopping 14% annual increase. New home sales are projected to hit the highest levels since 2007.

This is big news for the residential/commercial services franchises as new homes means new demand for professional services.

More promising news on commercial and residential services

Nominal spending on household services like grout and tile cleaning, repair and restoration is projected to rise 4.4% this year after experiencing similar growth in 2015.

The IHS’s estimates for employment and business output in the commercial and residential services showed stronger than projected growth throughout last year, and analysts expect a similar pace of steady growth this year as well.

Thinking about franchising in an industry poised for big growth over the coming years?

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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The Well Worn Path

The Well Worn Path

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Well Worn Path

There is a place … a wonderful place … a place where most everyone wants to be. It is a place of wonderful natural beauty and worldly riches. It is a place of personal freedom and family security. It is a place where others sing your praises as someone of integrity and wisdom.

There are two paths you can follow to get to this wonderful place. The first path starts with a slow trudge, cutting a swath through 25 miles of dense, inhospitable swampy jungle. Then just outside the jungle is a raging river one must carefully traverse, testing leg strength and balance. Finally, once across the rapids, one must ascend a challenging mountainous 5,000-foot climb to the wonderful place.

The second path is a well-worn one. This path starts on a well-defined trail that provides for easy passage through the swampy jungle. Then the well-defined trail leads to a sturdy, wooden footbridge that allows one to safely cross the raging river. Once across the bridge, the well-worn path leads you to a series of stairs that allow for a challenge-free ascent up the mountain to the wonderful place.

Whether you choose the well-worn path or the challenge-riddled path, however, you end up in the same place. Either path will take you to this wonderful place, where you can enjoy a magnificent life of reasonable freedom, moderate fame, and relative fortune. You just have to choose the path and begin the journey.

Like this destination, being in business for yourself is a wonderful place. It offers financial rewards, freedoms, and security, as well as accolades from family, friends, and peers in the local community.

Like traveling to the wonderful place, however, there are two paths to business ownership. One path is challenge-riddled. You will need to blaze your own trail … trudging through decision after decision associated with pricing, quality, and strategies to take on well-funded competitors … carefully traverse ordeals related to branding, marketing, and advertising … and the daily issues related to legal matters, employment concerns, and government regulation.

Or on the road to business ownership, you could also choose the well-worn path: Purchasing a Franchise. On the well-worn path of franchise ownership, you will still need to take the journey. On this path, however, most of the challenges, issues, and pitfalls along the way have already been worked through.

Either way, in the end, you still end up in a wonderful place. The question becomes, however, on the journey to get there how much risk do you want to take and effort do you want to expend?

If you are interested in the wonderful place known as “business ownership” and wanted to pursue it on the Well-Worn Path of franchise ownership, I would be happy to help you on this journey.

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A BUSINESS PLAN FOR A FRANCHISE

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BUSINESS PLAN FOR A FRANCHISE

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BUSINESS PLAN FOR A FRANCHISE

If you’re thinking of becoming the owner of a franchise, and you’re planning to apply for a small business loan, keep reading.

Today’s small business lenders are looking for reasons to say no to your loan request. Now, it’s not that they’re anti-business…not at all. It’s because of what happened in 2009: The Recession.

So, they’re still a bit conservative shall we say, when it comes to lending money for startups-franchise or not.

Small business lenders get paid to do two jobs:

1. They’re paid to protect the their employers-the banks

2. They’re paid to increase their banks loan portfolio

So, if they want to get paid (a bonus or a commission) they have to find a way to get your franchise loan approved. And, if your loan gets approved, you get to open for business.

Make It Easy For Them

There’s one thing that can greatly increase your chances of getting your franchise business loan approved:

Submit a solid business plan.

Putting together a franchise business plan isn’t as hard as you think; you just need to know what to include in it. And, you need to make it compelling.

Now, you don’t have to know everything about business planning to get your franchise business plan done. You just need some type of template like LivePlan.

5  Business Plan Tips of Great Importance For A Franchise

Make sure that you include these 5 things in your business plan for your franchise:

  • A description of the “problem” or issue your product is responding to by being in the market.
  • List others in the market who are doing-or about to do, is similar things and why are your product (s) is better
  • List the people and/or businesses that will buy your product or service
  • Give specific examples of how you’ll be marketing your products or service
  • Describe who you are. Name the top reason why you are the right person to start this business

The importance of having a solid business plan for a franchise can’t be understated.

Get your franchise biz plan started right now!

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Beginnings

If we focus and think deep enough, we know when the time is right. It’s when we listen to what presents itself as our intuition, that feeling in our gut, that we know it’s time to pivot, to change course, to take action. We must not fight it. Instead, embrace it as part of the great journey called, life.

The wonder of it all are the powers around us, spiritual as they are actually provide signs, messages that move us, sometimes by force in the direction intended for us, chosen for us. It’s then up to us to face, address what’s in our path – to tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities, listening carefully, watching attentively and acting decisively… essential to not ignore what is evidently clear.

Change has been abundant in my life this past year  Embrace it, don’t fight it!

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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4 Obstacles a Visionary Must Overcome

4 Obstacles a Visionary Must Overcome

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

4 Obstacles a Visionary Must Overcome

To the entrepreneur, a revolutionary idea is one of the most energizing things on the planet. A truly disruptive concept invigorates like an arc-reactor in the chest of the dreamer, causing purpose and potential to course throughout one’s very core!

Thing is, if the idea really is a game-changer, it’s going to involve people changing how they currently do things. This will inevitably produce speed bumps, throw nails in your tires, and from time to time will bring your vision to a crashing halt – all of which can quickly lead to burnout.

I would liken building a startup to a new year’s resolution to workout. Everyone says they’re going to hit the gym and transform their image and life, but guess what? Very few possess the fortitude and perseverance to follow through. Startups are no different. This is why very few make it past their first raise, less make it through their second, and far less make it to a third.

So you’ve got a dream to build a unicorn? Awesome! Get your head even keel, friend. Bumpy roads ahead. These are four obstacles every visionary must overcome.

1. Someone Else Already Thought of Your Concept

We’re such prideful creatures, passionate to create something authentic and unique. When your golden idea hits and the light of epiphany shines bright over your horizon, the thought that someone else has seen that same light doesn’t cross your mind. This introduces one of the first obstacles for a visionary. What happens when you find out someone else already thought of your great idea?

Maybe your pride takes a hit. You might jump to discredit this idea you just held as genius. “Guess my idea is not as revolutionary as I thought,” you tell yourself.

Fun fact: Do you know what NC license plates say? “First in Flight,” in reference to the Wright Brothers revolutionary first man-powered aircraft journey. Well, they actually weren’t first in flight. There’s a very legitimate case that Gustave Whitehead achieved powered flight over two years before the Wright Brothers! But no one remembers Gustave or his ideas.

If you think someone else pursuing your idea means you can’t do it better, either quit or grit your teeth. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who thought it up. Life is a fight. You fight for your idea, you take that emotional pity party of feeling less authentic because someone else had a similar idea, and you turn it into a competitive fire.

2. The Technology Doesn’t Exist

You’re a creative thinker. You conjured this whole idea out of nothing, and now you’re being told “no.” But, but… This introduces a second obstacle to the visionary. What happens when the technology doesn’t exist?

Sweet! What kind of visionary would you be if you were connecting dots that we’re right beside each other? Enter the problem solver.

The person who takes something entirely too complex, something never done before, and creates a simple solution. That’s a problem solver. That’s a visionary.

Richard Branson is 100% correct when he says, “Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple.”

Using Uber is simple. Systematically disassembling the cab industry is complex. Don’t let what something isn’t keep you from creating what you believe it could be.

3. Your Initial Audience Doesn’t Always Hold the Buying Power

How the heck does Nike get parents to drop $200 dollars on a pair of sneakers for their kid? 12-year-old Billy doesn’t have money to drop on new Jordan’s, but there he is rockin’ ‘em on the first day of school!

It’s not unusual for a product to be purchased by one demographic for use by another, but it can complicate the message of a brand. Obviously, Nike has more to it than, “Hey Mom and Dad, I noticed you might need to save away for retirement or pay more on your mortgage, but you should buy Billy these fly kicks instead. ‘Just do it.’” They’ve gone the superhero route, endorsing star athletes and role models for kids playing any sport.

We can’t all be Nike. In fact, a lot of times, what connects us to our audience doesn’t sell the Decision Makers we have to target. Hello, third obstacle to the visionary! Your initial target audience won’t always hold the buying power.

Targeting a market is difficult! It doesn’t matter who you’re selling to or what you’re dishing out. As a B2B company, Text Request had to dramatically pivot it’s value proposition from the consumer benefit to the business’s bottom line. As consumers ourselves, we built a tool focused on the benefit of the consumer first. Our branding reflected that message, and we ultimately missed the mark with DMs in our space early on.

Today, we market to potential buyers a product that is desired and demanded by consumers, that buyers will also profit from. There’s a huge takeaway, here. This idea you’ve drummed out of nothing already exists, and the space it exists in has data and research. R&D is real, and a bit of market research can help sidestep a lot of unnecessary hurdles.

4. You’re Behind in Your Industry

The grass is always greener on the other side. I’m blown away by how easy it is to day-dream about others enjoying success. The thought process is in and of itself toxic, and should be avoided at all costs. But it happens.

Keeping up with your competition is a necessary evil that can lead to all kinds of wrong mindsets. First, you had to accept that your idea isn’t authentic, and now, not only are you not alone, but you’re behind. Why take the pay cuts, long hours, exorbitant amounts of stress, and constant uncertainty all to be second rate? Enter the fourth obstacle to the visionary. You’re behind in your own industry!

Big whoop! You know who was behind in their industry? Netflix. In fact, CEO Reed Hastings, was so behind he went to Blockbuster in 2000, hoping to sell with an asking price of $50 million (650 times less than their currentvaluation). When Blockbuster laughed the offer off the table, Hastings put his head down and went to work. Today, Netflix is  worth $33 billion. Blockbuster? Well, I hear they might have 50 locations left in the entire county.

Don’t ever lose heart when you’re behind. Know where it is you want go and work towards that.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this! I hope you found it encouraging, refreshing, or at least not the lamest thing you’ve read, today (if so, you should share this on Facebook). I wanted to angle this piece so that these obstacles, which you’ll most likely face, can be seen as more opportunities for you to crush. Now go crush it.

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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Powerball winner? No? You Can Still Quit Your Job

Powerball winner? No? You Can Still Quit Your Job!

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powerball winner? No? You Can Still Quit Your Job!

In know, until last week so many of us had visions of winning that massive Powerball Jackpot.  But today three people out of the millions that bought tickets get to decide between the cash payout and the annuity.  Just be thankful that you were not that Florida group that bought over $140,000 in tickets!

For the rest of us it is back to our daily routine.  While I don’t have a job to quit (Business Owner) I certainly took a moment to think about what I would invest in next.  Most players were employees, I would guess, and had been hoping they could walk in to their bosses office today and resign.

Well, good news, while waiting a little longer than this morning may be advisable you can still plan on quitting your job!

On average, one out of every 10 of our franchise candidates walk into their bosses office and quit every business day so they can pursue their dreams.  

Are they crazy, no! They went through a thorough franchise investigation that we assisted with at no cost to them and are now franchisees in a proven Nationally Branded Franchise.  We worked with them to target franchises that perfectly match their skills, strengths, how they want to work and their goals.  From there we guided them through a full investigation providing the resources they need along the way.  These are not whimsical decisions to quit a job, they are well planned.

If you thought of quitting your job before the Powerball drawing then you may want to take a close look at what you do and decide if it is time to pursue something you would enjoy doing.

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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The Keys to Work-Life Balance

The Keys to Work-Life Balance

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Keys to Work-Life Balance

In The New Career Economy, working a standard 9-5 no longer comprises clocking in 40 hours a week. Many times employees put in many extra hours to try and stand out and get ahead in their careers. Working overtime, often without being paid for the extra hours, causes many of these individuals to fall victim to being subjected to the frustration of turning to the next career path in the company you work for, and then being downsized, right sized or let go, and then having to start over and wishing for a more flexible schedule. In fact, U.S. News & World reported on a 2015 Super Study that found 97 percent of Americans said that the ability to work flexible hours would positively impact their quality of life.

Many individuals who understand the benefits of business ownership choose to make the switch from employment to empowerment to gain better control of their careers and sense of work-life balance. Today, I’m reviewing why many entrepreneurial-minded individuals are looking to become self-sufficient by no longer relying on the job market, but by entering the path of entrepreneurship instead.

Franchising Ideal for Achieving Work-Life Balance
Business ownership, but specifically franchising, allows entrepreneurs to control their career path versus having the market or someone else dictate what their future may hold. Investing in a franchise gives aspiring entrepreneurs a huge advantage –an established system to follow. Investing in a franchise is hard work, but franchisees can achieve a greater sense of work-life balance than in previous career options by following these three steps below that Nations Franchise Source provides.

Here are 3 Key Ways to Achieve Life Balance through Franchising

  1. Define what work-life balance looks like to you. Work-life balance doesn’t look the same to everyone. To some, it means spending more time with your family. To others, it means not having to work on the weekends. Whatever your sense of work-life balance may look like, it’s important to establish what it means to you. Identifying what an ideal work-life balance looks like can help you recognize when you have achieved it or if you simply are working too hard. You have to decide you want your life to look like, and then figure out how you are going to get there.
  2. Construct boundaries.This is oftentimes the hardest step in achieving work-life balance. We come from a nation of workaholics, and taking a stand to declare that you will balance your personal and professional life takes guts. Establishing that you want to achieve work-life balance is the first step, and this entails setting clear boundaries. You have to decide upfront the hours that you are willing to work and put boundaries, because if, by nature you just like to work, you’ll work 24/7 and not think of the time you could have spent with family and friends.
  3. Recognize you don’t have to do it all alone. When running a franchise, many franchisees think that the fate of the business lies in their hands and have a hard time letting go of control. However, running a franchise isn’t a one-man-show. After all, isn’t that why you hire employees? Entrepreneurs need to divide and conquer so they can be strategic in how their business operates. Hiring the right people to help you run your franchise is key, and once you build a team you can trust you can begin to delegate.

Truly achieving work-life balance is a process and may take time, but once it has been achieved entrepreneurs can reap the benefits of having more time to do what they love and spend with their loved ones. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can achieve work-life balance through investing in a franchise contact us today.

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

Click  Here to Receive Your Free Personalized Business Profile Report today: http://zoracle.net/assessment/welcome/nationsfranchisesource

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4 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR PROSPECTIVE NEW SMALL BUSINESS/FRANCHISE OWNERS

4 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR PROSPECTIVE NEW SMALL BUSINESS/FRANCHISE OWNERS

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR PROSPECTIVE NEW SMALL BUSINESS/FRANCHISE OWNERS

January is usually a month filled with hope. For some, it’s also filled with fantasies of unshackling themselves from their corporate desks, and becoming their own bosses.

Although only a small percentage of people actually have the courage to take something on as risky (?) as investing in a business of their own, for the few of them that do, it’s quite freeing.

If you’re one of the folks who are considering small business/franchise business ownership, these 4 New Year’s resolutions are just for you;

  • You will take charge of your career.Find a new job, or maybe even start you’re own business
  • If you make a large purchase in 2010, you will do your research and base your decision on facts only.(Example; Purchasing a franchise or non-franchise biz would be considered a large purchase)
  • You will learn something about social media by opening a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn (For FREE)
  • You will unplug from everything electronic for 24 hours, at least once a month.

Rich Greer is “Your Guide Through the Franchise Maze“. I have a lot of experience in helping people succeed with finding the best franchise and I am excited to help you do that as well. I also have available several financing vehicles for your business start-up. I’m looking forward to creating a mutually beneficial relationship. Please call me today for more information – 281- 992-2288.  My email address is [email protected]

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The New Year’s Resolution Formula for Achievement

The New Year’s Resolution Formula for Achievement

Rich Greer - Nations Franchise Source

Rich Greer, MBA, CFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Year’s Resolution Formula for Achievement

New Year’s resolutions are a pain. Lose twenty pounds. Eat better. Get in shape. Join the gym. Run three miles a day. Stop smoking. Stop drinking. Stop (fill in the blank).

NONE of those things are gonna happen. Oh, they may happen for a week or three, and then it’s back to the old groove. Or is it a rut? Remember last year’s resolutions? How did they work out? How about the last TEN years?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Yes, it’s time to make the annual pledges to do more, less, or better. To quit, start, change, and do it THIS YEAR for sure.

If you’re open enough to accept a new idea or two, I may have uncovered an answer as I was reviewing my own achieved and failed resolutions. Before you resolve what to do next, there are a few things you better take into consideration.

You have all heard the legendary quote, “Begin with the end in mind.” This is a half-truth, and actually dangerous thinking. EXAMPLE – Goal: I want a new car by the end of 2016. OK, so what? A better understanding and engine starter would be to elaborate and say, I want to take more weekend drives in the mountains. To do that, I’ll need a new car. I’m looking to buy a Toyota TJ by September of 2016.

Begin with understanding what got you to this point, and what you’re seeking to accomplish AFTER the first part of the goal is met. THEN, make a plan with the “OUTCOME defined” – not the end in mind.

Resolutions and the first of the year are also a time for reflection. You bring to mind other items of resolve and resolution over past years. You can’t help it.

The toughest answers, and the most important answers in your life, are the ones you have to give yourself. How you did it, or why you didn’t get it done.

Rich, you don’t understand – I have (and then you go on to tell me your situation: single, married no kids – one on the way, divorced with kids, yada yada. SAME ANSWERS – the ones you give yourself – just a different set of responsibilities and circumstances.

Ask yourself:

Why are you smoking?

Why are you overweight?

Why are you out of shape?

Why are you not achieving your sales goal?

Why are you fighting with your spouse?

Those answers provide the foundation of goal, or resolution setting AND achievement.

You can’t take off weight until you figure out why and how you gained it, and what lifestyle changes you may have to make, and what self-disciplines you have to implement in order to shed it. Otherwise the weight will stick – literally.

Then affirm the resolution or goal in writing and post it on a mirror. Look at it every day until you begin to take action.

IDEA: Why don’t you resolve to do some positive things? Here are a few POSITIVE resolutions that I promise will happen, if you resolve them in writing.

  • Go to more ball games with kids, spouse, and friends. Name the games.
  • Shop more. Give yourself a defined budget, and spend it on yourself.
  • Call one person a week and tell them you love them, and are grateful for their presence in your life. List the people.
  • Perform one random act of kindness every day before noon. It will make YOUR day, not just theirs.
  • Renew one old friendship a month. Start by searching on Facebook. Start with your old neighbors or high school classmates.

New Year – New Way – New Opportunities – not a “new you” – rather a better, happier you. All year.

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