Happy Labor Day – Let’s Talk New Year’s Resolutions

Happy Labor Day!  The “Happy Labor Day” weekend always brings some mixed emotions for me.

The “official” end of summer.  But oh how I love summer!  (Fortunately, it was still 100 degrees here two days ago, so I can pretend).

I am sad at the thought of closing my pool, packing up all the kids’ short sleeves, not having my Saturday trip to the farmer’s market.

The “Happy Labor Day” weekend is also one of my favorite weekends of the year because it is my first-born’s birthday.  She is a beautifully energetic child.  And the weekend is always fun-filled and action-packed.  Because it’s a long weekend, my family from 4 hours away is always able to join the celebration.

So, this “Happy Labor Day” weekend has been great.  But as it begins to wind down, my attention is drawn to the next chapter of life that is about to unfold.

There’s a four month push to the new year.  But really, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and New Year Year celebrations, there are only three months left.  I like to plan it like three months so that I can actually take the time and enjoy my friends and family over the holidays.

You may know that I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I think they are artificial and overwhelming and usually set you up for failure.

But, I am a fan of planning.  You know the saying — those who fail to plan, plan to fail.  And the planning of your successful online business in 2012 needs to begin now.

December 31, 2011 before you head out to a New Year’s party is too late.

If you want 2012 to be extraordinary in your business, you need to make a plan for how you are going to pull that off.  Now.

Here’s why.

The new level of success that you desire to rise to will not happen overnight.  Or in a month.  Or really, even in a few months.

Your success is going to involve meeting several goals.  You will get to each goal by accomplishing a series of small steps.  And that takes time.

Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Your successful online business won’t be either.

So if you start planning for success on December 31, 2011, you won’t meet your 2012 profit goal.  Because you are going to spend much of 2012 figuring out how to build your business and doing the construction.

If you want to quit your day job in 2012, or show a profit for the first time in 2012, or double your profits in 2012, then you need to start working on that now.

Think of it like this.  You are opening a new physical store.  You want to unlock the doors to a grand opening extravaganza that brings out thousands of new and excited customers.

Would you go lease the building on December 31 and plan to throw the doors open on January 1?  Of course not.

You’d plan for months to get everything just right for your January 1 grand opening.

So start thinking about January 1 as the grand opening (or re-opening if you’re already up and running) of your online business.  And start making some preparations.  Or on January 1 you’ll be sitting in an empty store, with an empty wallet, scrambling desperately to get your store set up and attract customers.

And another year will slip by without you leaving your j-o-b, or taking that vacation, or volunteering to drive for your child’s mid-day school field trip.

Happy Labor Day!  Now get to work.

JENNIFER HERNDON is a work at home mom with three fabulous kids, ages 3, 4 and (as of yesterday!) 7. She has been enjoying the time freedom and financial benefits of working at home for over 13 years. Jennifer’s passion is empowering others to personal and business success through a positive mindset and consistent action.

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  1. I love it when I find someone else who thinks resolutions can start anytime of the year. Great article- it helped me review my goals beyond this year.

  2. I love this post, Jennifer. It sparked a thought for launching a product that I am working on, thank you!

  3. Great post! But – I don`t want to think about New Year`s yet… LOL! I want to stay in summer for a bit yet…Thanks for sharing. x0x
    Norma Doiron

  4. I appreciate this perspective so much. This year has been the year of preparation–honing my focus, learning more about the craft of online business building and preparing to really deliver something well-developed in 2012. So great to hear you discuss using these next 3 months to really tighten up that process! Thank you!

  5. I am so like you in this area! I don’t like the New Year’s Resolutions, but I will take the time to plan and check and even make changes to my plans through out the year. I started a couple of years ago but would have a fall out or two from the plan. This year I made it a so I have to look at it almost every day, and boy what a change it has made in my life, work, business, family, happiness so many areas of my life I have seen a change by simply planning.

    Thanks for a great post!

  6. Hi Jennifer, at first when you started the blogpost, I was like Ugh, I don’t want to think about that yet! I have vague little plans that I mention out loud to close friends and hope for, for 2012 but it’s for next fall and end of 2012, basically next winter and it’s so far away that even thinking about the beginning seems like a lot of work. Reading your post was eye opening though and it got the wheels churning. I’m going to sit down and do some serious planning and projecting here of how to pull all this together. Thanks for motivating me. I’ll keep you posted )

  7. I envy how organized you are! But you are 100% RIGHT! We should be planning for what our businesses and what our lives are going to look like now – in September. I’ve also read that several very successful people that I greatly admire also do that – so maybe it’s time to get out my journal!


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