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Two Tools To Help Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

So, we are now sitting in the fourth week of January and a lot of people have either abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions or never got to them in the first place.

Today, I want to offer up two valuable tools for maintaining those resolutions from two of my favorite entrepreneurs.

(Side note, I just finished reading “The Power Of Habit ” by Charles Duhigg and the best way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions is to make it a habit. Check out the book for more great ideas on developing habits)

Tool 1 – Write down 10 goals each day in a notebook. 

Tip taken from Brian Tracy, Entrepreneur, Sales Trainer and Business Coach

The specific practice is to write down 10 goals each day when you wake up to get you focused on what your life and professional priorities are. Brian recommends using a spiral notebook so that you can write down your goals and refer to them later. Once you write down your 10 goals, don’t look at what you’ve written until the end of 30 days. By not referring to what you wrote down yesterday, you will be forced to come up with new ideas for goals and reinforce the ones that are important to you. At the end of 30 days, you’ll find some really neat patterns and have a much more solid idea of what you are working towards.

Tool 2 – Write down a “When Life Works List”.

Tip taken from Sean Stephenson, Entrepreneur

The “When Life Works List” is a really neat tool. Essentially it is a list of habits and activities that need to happen in order for you to have an awesome day. Compiling this list and hitting 5-6 of them every day will keep you motivated and help you keep those resolutions.

This is an example of what my list looks like:

1) Morning Meditation

2) Eating a healthy breakfast

3) An hour of exercise

4) Reading a great book or article for 20 minutes

5) Having a conversation with friends that keep me accountable for my goals

6) A cup of really good tea

7) Writing a blog post

All of these things help me move towards my goals whether i’m having a good or bad day.

Try out these tools for a month and see how they work for you. I can definitely say they’ve helped me stay motivated and inspired this year.

5 Lessons we can learn from Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40

Last week, I had the privilege of attending Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 event. This event represents both the pinnacle and the beginning of success for 40 outstanding business people and entrepreneurs in the city.

Instead of giving you a full run down of the event and the winners (I’m sure you can read all about it in BIV), I’m going to give you five lessons that I think we can learn from these amazing achievers.

Lesson 1 – Dare to chase your dream

Yes, very cliché. I know! But it’s very true. Many of the winners of the Top 40 started with an idea of what they wanted to do but no clue of how to get there. Through the tumultuous wave of trial and error, these rising stars stuck with their dream until they made it.

Lesson 2 – You’re never too young to start

Kyle Vucko, CEO and Co-founder of Indochino was one of the youngest recipients of the Top 40 under 40 awards this year. He was only 22 and a student at the University of Victoria when he started the rising start of a company Indochino. Indochino is an apparel company that specializes in custom menswear that you order online. Indochino is on the fast track to becoming a top fashion brand in Canada.

Lesson 3 – Social responsibility and business are not mutually exclusive

Matt Fraser, President and COO of Vancouver’s hottest yoga studio chain “YYoga” believes that success can be found in the simple vision: “to make the world a better place”

Lesson 4 – Success can be found in any industry

I was surprised at some of the movers and shakers that had won the award and started companies in an industry that I knew nothing about. Joshua Zoshi and Benjamin Sparrow started Saltworks Technologies which has begun producing unique innovations in the area of desalinization. Sparrow had the epiphany for a desalinization technology on a train in China.  Who knew there was money to be made in salt water!

Lesson 5 – It really is about execution

Having a great idea, does not mean you have a business. A number of the winners of the Top 40 started media/communications/marketing companies. How many of these companies do you think are out there? Answer: Tons! What separates the achievers and the people who sit with a kernel of an idea is work. Lots of hard dedicated work. When you can take your idea, build a company and start monetizing, then you might be on to something.

So in the words Val Litwin, Vice-president of franchise operations, Nurse Next Door and a recipient of the Top 40 under 40 award – “Carpe Diem – just go for it, let’s try something new today”.