A Pinch of Reality to Go With Your New Year’s Resolution

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Business goals

At the start of a new year many business owners dust off the business plan and rethink their priorities for the year.

Whether you call it your new year’s resolution or setting a new plan for the year, it’s tempting to believe that a new year is like a blank page where anything becomes possible and all you need to do is write, say or think the magic words.

We all know from experience that life doesn’t quite work like that. Serious change is not that easy to achieve, and the world has a remarkably stubborn way of thwarting even the best-laid plans.

As Mike Tyson puts it, “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

It’s no different whether you’re a Government trying to negotiate Brexit or a small business that is looking to grow.

So, while it is good to have new ideas and new plans, it’s critical that they are balanced with a healthy dose of reality.

Your new year’s resolutions are only as good as your ability to accurately read the environment you’re operating in, and equally on your willingness to recognize your own limitations. Sometimes, instead of chasing a shiny new goal, you’re much better off putting your energy on addressing those things that routinely hold you back.

Events, training and support

As we head into 2019, I’m proud to say the Tauranga Chamber is once again offering a choker-block package of events, training and support initiatives to help local businesses.

There’s a lot of exciting new things in the mix, and we have great plans to deliver incredible value.

But taking our own advice to heed, we also have a lot of other things that we need to do to get our house in order and enable us to stay relevant and viable as a stand-alone business association.

Our ability to simultaneously address the things that hold us back, as well as to deliver on all the shiny new things we’ve promised, is what will really make the difference. How prepared are you for whatever hard realities might affect your best laid plans for the year?

By Stan Gregec, CEO Tauranga Chamber of Commerce – “I write for this publication because our future potential and prosperity depends on us having strong, vital businesses.”