If you’re like me- and almost everyone else in this country- the end of the year is a time to look back and assess. I enjoy the nostalgia and reminiscing that occurs at this time of year, but it can also be a time of dread. It’s a time to realize you either hit the mark or you didn’t. And if you did, you may be apprehensive about being able to do it again in the new year.
So collectively we seek to make resolutions.
We tell ourselves we’re going to do it differently this year. And many times that sets up to fail right out the gate, because we forget about it, or we fall back into our old routines. That doesn’t mean though that you should not or can not succeed at making changes. Make the changes small and incremental. Here at the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce this is how we are going about our resolutions.
Make it a team effort. We started this in November/December, but we created improvement goals for our organization and assigned them to people within the organization, including our board. If you are like me, then you probably geek out over excel spreadsheets that are shared with everyone that needs to be involved so everyone is on the same page. Accountability is key.
Derive your why. We talk about “what’s your why” a lot here at the Chamber. It helps us operate from a place of understanding. Just as it is important to understand why you started your business or why you do the kind of work you do, it’s important to understand why you are making the changes or adaptations. Are you making them just try something new? Or are you making the changes because you want to see an increase in social media traffic? Or an increase in people purchasing a specific item? Or an increase in the backend efficiencies? Make sure you believe in the why, otherwise it will fall flat.
We hope these small tips help you as you start this new year. Just remember sometimes just taking time to improve one what you already have is a big enough goal. We want you to know that we are excited for the new year and thrilled that you have chosen Mills County as the place to do business.
Business and Brews: Grand Re-Opening of Loves on January 20th at 5:30 PM
Legislative Forum: February 5th at 10:00am at the Glenwood City Hall