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New Year Resolutions - Do They Work?
What is it about New Year resolutions that gives them a bad reputation? They seem to come with a built-in 'failure' setting.
Is it that they are a one-week or even a one day wonder?
If we slip up once, do we abandon them again for another year?
Are they not specific enough, as in "I'm going to lose weight", but without having any clear target in mind?
New Year resolutions tend to be big on wishful thinking and short on what's needed to achieve the End Results
In my formula (with apologies to Prof Einstein! ) E= MC2, E stands for Excellence (or even End Results), M stands for Motivation, C for Competence (actually having the skills and knowledge to achieve your goal ) and the second 'C' stands for Commitment.
Motivation - Why do we want it? How badly?
Competence - Do we have the information and skills we need? Can we walk the talk?
Commitment - Ah, the big 'C' of goal reaching! What are we prepared to sacrifice in oreder to get the desired result? Can we say goodbye to wishful thinking and yes to upping our game?
When all is said and done, it's mostly down to those three little words - 'Just Do It!'.
No excuses, no exceptions, no giving up just because we slip once or twice and, most of all, no fooling ourselves.
Maintain focus on the end result.
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The book gives an overview of the many areas with which a Club must comply.
Legislation covering subjects from employment to child protection, to health & safety and equality all impose requirements on the managers of business and Clubs are no different.
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It isn't easy to predict economic outcomes for 2012. Emigration, unemployment, cut backs, austerity - it seems to be all doom and gloom!
But 86% of of the working population are still working. 100% of the population still have to be fed and clothed. Whether the economy grows at 2% or 1% hardly makes much difference especially since the figures aren't accurate anyway. So don't let the big picture overwhelm you. Look at the smaller picture that you are a part of.
Concentrate on your own business. Look coldly at how its performing and remember "if you keep doing what you are doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting" . Are you clear about where you are in terms of cashflow, profitability, indebtedness etc. What is your cost profile - does it make sense compared with your turnover and margins. Get on top of the numbers.
Be clear about where you want to be in 12 months time; be informed; be realistic; be prepared to make tough decisions; be prepared to scrimp on everything if that is necessary for survival; be open to new ideas.
Look at all your options. Contract, expand, change the way you do business, shed unprofitable business and customers, shed unnecessary costs.
Talk through your issues with a trusted advisor or a business coach. Be prepared to take action. Don't just sit there - do something!