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26 Smart Business Resolutions for the New Year

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Is there anyone among us who isn't more than ready to close the books on the old year and eager to get a fresh start in January?

Have you had enough of the media drumbeat of economic hopelessness and helplessness?

Are you sick and tired of the blame game and finger-pointing between Big Government and Big Business?

If so, then let's change the conversation from "Where are the jobs?" to "How can I reinvent myself?" Let's stop complaining about what government is or isn't doing about the economy, and let's take the initiative to make things happen for ourselves. Rather than looking to assign blame, let's look for solutions. Let's not let the things we can't do stop us from what we can do. As someone wise once said, "The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm."

In this New Year, let's each make a resolution to practice the Power of Positive Doing ... in our jobs, in our businesses, in our careers, and in our lives.

If you're an entrepreneur working on a business plan for the New Year - or if you're a manager or executive setting some goals for yourself and your team - here are 26 tips, tools, and strategies to ensure success.

As you launch into the New Year ...

ASSESS your current opportunities and obstacles.
BELIEVE that this can be your best year ever.
COUNT your money and make your money count.
DECIDE to take a risk on something promising.
ENLIST the support of those who can help you.
FIND new products/services for old markets and new markets for old products/services.
GIVE yourself credit for having weathered tough times.
HONOR your word and keep your commitments.
INSPIRE others with your integrity, ethics, and values.
JUGGLE your projects and priorities accordingly as things change.
KNOW that problems make you stretch, grow, and learn.
LISTEN to your customers, clients, and stakeholders.
MANAGE your time and energy effectively.
NEVER GIVE UP on yourself.
OPEN UP new possibilities for yourself and your business.
PURSUE your dreams with a sense of adventure and fun.
QUESTION old habits, assumptions, and patterns of thinking.
RECOGNIZE that "No" is not an answer - it's a clue.
STICK with the winners - watch them; learn from them; emulate them.
TURN roadblocks into challenges that stimulate your resourcefulness.
UNCOVER limiting beliefs that hold you back.
VEER away from critics and doubters who say, "It can't be done."
WORK your plan and plan your work ... and change plans if need be.
XPRESS GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION for those who help you.
YAWN IN THE FACE OF FEAR.
ZERO IN on what's truly important ... stay focused.

And remember ... There's no place on the map called "Safe."
DON'T LOOK FOR SAFETY ... LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITY.