New Year’s Resolutions: How Are You Doing?

Did you realize that this year over half over? It didn’t really occur to me until the other day when a friend of mine commented that she was listing some Christmas decorations. She mentioned that next month would make it six months until Christmas and then we both realized that the year is almost half gone. What a sobering thought! This led to us having a discussion about our New Year’s resolutions (remember those?) and leads me to today’s question for you — How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?

As you may remember, at the end of last year I wrote about some steps you needed to take to get ready for 2013. A lot of you had big plans for the coming year and a lot of New Year’s resolutions were being made in regards to taking your ecommerce business to the next level. Well, the question is — are you still following your plan or did you revert back to your old ways? Is your eBay or Amazon business steadily growing or are you still generating the same amount of sales that you did in 2012?

 

An article posted on Forbes.com on December 31st 2012, stated that 54-percent of the people that made New Year’s resolutions would abandon them by June. If you are one of those people, I thought today might be a good day to examine why you’re still stuck where you started or why those resolutions didn’t work.

 

There are really only three reasons that people fail to make a change. They are:

 

1. Fear of failure

2. Fear of success

3. “Analysis Paralysis”

 

If you have a fear of failure, it is fairly simple to understand why you haven’t tried very hard to be successful in building up your business. You just simply don’t want to fail, so you rationalize that it is best to not even get started. If you have a fear of success, however, you may have to ask yourself a few questions to get to the root of the problem. Are you afraid there will be too much hard work involved if you do build your business up, or that once your business is running successfully that you won’t be able to maintain it?

 

Analysis paralysis, on the other hand, really doesn’t involve a fear of success or a fear of failure, but rather you’ve taken in so much information about what you should be doing that you find you are unable to make a move in any direction. Everything you read or are told all seem like good ideas, so much so that you can’t take action on any of them because you’re thinking about all of them too much.

 

If you identify with one of these and know it’s what’s been holding you back, do you realize that all of them are simply excuses? That’s right. It’s an excuse. While your reason may seem perfectly understandable to you, as someone who has let all of these reasons stop her at one time or another, believe me — I can tell you. They ARE excuses.

What you do next is up to you, but when you consider that you still have six months to get it right and get with the program, my suggestion is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and as the famous Nike slogan likes to say, “Just Do It!” Then — when New Year’s eve roles around at the end of this year, maybe you will really have something to celebrate.

About our Guest Blogger
This guest post is by Kat Simpson. Kat is a trusted eCommerce author, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is an eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, as well as a successful Amazon merchant. Currently Kat is the hosts the popular weekly eCommerce Podcast That Kat Radio.

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