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Lead Story

Mobile leads 2014 payments parade

News

Industry Update

Pulse network sues Visa over debit card policies

Bebe breach a reminder of security vulnerabilities

NSA unleashes Nifi for commercial, government use

Cyber Week winners and losers

Features

Relationships are integral to rapid growth

Global travelers shifting to mobile

Views

Merchant life cycle marketing in acquiring

Marc Abbey
First Annapolis Consulting

Payments? Nah, we're a tech company

Todd Ablowitz
Double Diamond Group LLC

Education

Street SmartsSM:
Spreading the word: Marketing tactics for the MLS

Tom Waters and Ben Abel
Bank Associates Merchant Services

Mastering the original merchant 'app'

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

The ISO calendar: Don't set and forget your ISO agreement

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

RDC and improved FI risk management

Company Profile

Chosen Payments

New Products

Fully integrated POS inside custom mobile apps

CardFlight SDK
CardFlight

Easy, interactive online menu

Online Ordering
EasyWay Ordering

Inspiration

Don't let broken resolutions shut you down

Departments

Readers Speak: Talent for addressing issues of substance

Boost Your Biz: Customer marketing bolsters bottom line

Resource Guide

Datebook

A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

December 22, 2014  •  Issue 14:12:02

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Inspiration

Don't let broken resolutions shut you down

Like most people, I make New Year's resolutions. And like most people, it takes me a week or two to break them. This is typically accompanied by much soul-searching and brow-beating. Where is my will power? Why can't I stay off coffee for more than a week, even after getting that lovely tea basket for Christmas? But, to tell the truth, once I break my resolutions I'm secretly relieved. Fifty weeks to do what I want, before I have to make new resolutions. So this year I'm making one, single preliminary resolution: to not use broken resolutions as an excuse to remain stuck in old patterns.

Acknowledge your achievements

One way to achieve this is to think about the past before planning for the future. That is, instead of thinking about what resolutions you want to make in the New Year, consider the small, almost unconscious, occasions in the past year when you came closer to attaining a goal. Say, for instance, you get into a rut of running ten minutes late for all your appointments. You resolve to be more punctual, and for a week you're only seven minutes late on average, a week later only four minutes late, a week after that only two. You've made progress. This is something to celebrate, and something to build on for the coming year.

Pause and reflect

If you're too focused on your failure to keep your resolutions, and caught in future outcomes, you may miss this moment of insightful reflection.

For most of us, the New Year is about a new start. But often we focus on the new year too soon, before properly accounting for the old year. At the end of the business year, you might spend hours, maybe even days, balancing the books. Do you do the same with the book of life? Do you take a few hours, even a whole day, to assess the quality of your life over the past year—or do you rush ahead in anticipation of the coming year?

Celebrate the lessons, then move on

Then again, our lives are less like books and more like slates that are constantly written on, erased, and written on again. We're told that the New Year brings us the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and begin again. But shouldn't you read over the slate a few times before wiping all that information away?

There is some valuable information on that slate – for your business and your personal life. Scribbled on the slate of life you might find solutions for the problems of the coming year, solutions you might not have otherwise discovered if you'd been too hasty to wipe away the life lessons learned, often times the hard way, during the year now past.

Whether you think of your life as a book or a slate, the important thing is to spend some quality time reading it at the end of the year, before you move on.

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