I was thinking about New Year’s Day and the inevitable resolutions that are made, only to be forgotten weeks later. So I decided to conduct a little experiment with the TPE community! I simply sent out a single request asking everyone for their most important New Year’s Resolution that they would be willing to post on the Internet for the world to see… and to hold them accountable to.
Perhaps you will find a new idea for yourself in this list, or already have a resolution that tops all of these. Man up (or woman up, as the case may be) and put your own resolution in the comment section below.
Make this year different. Decide what is most important to you (personally, in business or otherwise) and this time make a permanent record with your full name. This way the world will hold you accountable, and this way you will actually achieve your resolution this year.
1. “We will subscribe enough members this year to offer free shipping and monthly give aways.” – Collon Turnage, President www.casinogamingstore.com
2. “We will recruit college students to help us promote our Web site .” - Ester Venouziou, Founder, Local Shopper, LLC
3. “I will set up a budget for all business expenses rather then aimlessly buying things here and there.” – Sarah E. Ellis, Owner of The Pitter Patter Boutique
4. “I vow to focus on the one product or service I do best AND really enjoy doing…knowing success will follow.” – Michele Risa, Founder of BEYOND Body Mind Spirit
5. “This year I am going to personally train an enthusiastic go-getter to consolidate our media lists, oversee the publishing of our weekly e-blasts and monthly e-newsletters, and jump-start our Access database so it is user-friendly for everyone in the office!” – Lori Gedon, President of Marketing In Motion
6. “My 2009 New year’s resolution is to grow our network from 23 million pages a month to over 100 million in food, wine and beer” – Benjamin Christie, Founder of Gourmet Ads
7. “I will spend less time on the internet and more time formulating new products. “ – Cindy Tollen founder Sudz N Bubbles, Ltd
8. “This year I will focus on the opportunities brought about by the changes in the economy. In many ways, it is a great time for small businesses.” – Devon Dudgeon, Director of DevonInspiration Ltd.
9. “I am going to send at least one heartfelt greeting card to one of my clients per day, telling them how much I appreciate their business.” – Laurie Hurley, President & Founder of Home Tutoring Business
10. “This year I am not going to chase the money but make it. I will spend more time working IN my business than ON it.” – Shauna McConechy, President of Out Enterprises Inc
11. “In 2009, I’m not just going to “start a blog”, I’m going to create a 24/7, online sales tool that builds trust and establishes thought leadership within my marketplace.” – Brody Dorland, President of Something Creative, Inc.
12. “My 2009 resolution is to make customers happier by making our services a piece of cake to implement and use.” – Dan Beltramo, Founder & CEO of Vizu
13. “Here is what I am doing for 2009. I will cut out the fat: be better, quicker, and stronger than we have in the past. I will spend less while eliminating marketing efforts that don’t yield a strong ROI.” – Laura Novak, Owner of Laura Novak Photography
14. “I’ve got two ears and one mouth. I’m going to try to listen twice as much as I talk this year.” -Dr. Colleen Long, Founder Aesthetic Genetics/FreudTV.com
15. “This year we are going to put every new idea through a 10 question filtering system to help decide whether or not we will/should do it.” – Richard Fenton, President of Courage Crafters, Inc.
16. “I am going to stop selling my time and focus on selling my knowledge.” Ruth Perryman, owner of the QuickBooks Specialists
17. “In 2009 I’m going to focus on not only getting more customers signed up, but also devise new ways to help our customers quickly get comfortable with our small business management software” Daniel Barnett, Founder of WORKetc
18. “I won’t let the noise sidetrack me!” – Holly G. Green, CEO, The Human Factor, Inc.
19. “I will be expanding the growth of my company and my team in order to provide a fuller range of services to my clients.” Tracey Tarrant, Chief Get It Done Officer, Your Virtual Round To-it
20. “This year I am going to put a smile on the face of millions of Minions.” – Gretchen Hofmann, Founder of MinionMonitor.com
21. “This year our own marketing efforts will no longer be the “shoemaker’s children” – we’ll put the same time and energy into marketing ourselves as we do for our clients.” – Karen Renzi, Co-owner of Beyondus, Inc. Design & Marketing
22. “I resolve to hear every no with grace and every yes with humility.” – Rain Fordyce, President of Authentic Times, Inc.
23. “This year, I will spend more time working on projects that make me smile and make my clients (and everyone else) smile in return.” – Dawn S. Smith, Founder of Maisol Media
24. “In 2009, I am going to work only with clients who are committed to exceptional customer outreach.” – Deb Kolaras, Founder of BizCoachDeb
25. “2009 will be the year of “abundance” when it comes to the taking care of key personnel, customer service and training.” – John Mann, Co-Founder of Rolly Pollies International, Inc
26. “This year, I’m going to personally meet no fewer than 300 of my viewers/readers.” – Dr. Dennis W. Neder, President of Remington Publications and BAM! TV.
27. “I will get out every day and do something to market my business and get my name out there.” – Karyn Beach, Owner of Lose The Excuses
28. “I’ll get 100,000 teens to read and follow my blog-turned-novel-in-progress through twitter, facebook, and myspace.” – Robin Rice, Author/Mentor at Mayden Chronicles
29. “In 2009 I will propel myself up on the marketing learning curve. Since you can’t manage what you can’t measure, I want to conduct at least 24 measurable marketing experiments and chart the learnings from them for everyone in the company.” – Bettina Hein, Founder & CEO, Pixability, Inc.
30. “This year I am going to provide exceptional service and value to my customers.” – Les Jensen, Founder of lesjensen.com
31. “I will strategically network more… and also lose 10 pounds.” – Elita Ng, Co-Founder of DealDivine.com
32. “We will roll out at least two new products in our current business line (intellectual property analytics) and two new business lines before the end of 2009.” – Samir Raiyani, CEO, Dolcera
33. “I am going to do more of what I LOVE to do and less of what I HATE to do!” – Stacey Kannenberg, CEO of Cedar Valley Publishing
34. “I will concentrate my growth and marketing efforts for Snoloha completely online (which means sacrificing brick-and-mortar growth), while at the same time making it a point to actually live and enjoy this lifestyle that I am building my company around.” – Rod Call, Purveyor & Explorer of the Snoloha Lifestyle
35. “In 2009 I am going to DOUBLE my subscriber list.” – Dina Santorelli, Editor & Publisher, WHY magazine
36. “I will do one impossible task each month, for example matching Match Robert Scoble’s number of Twitter Followers. Purpose: To build an online network to help me fight breast cancer.” -Brandon Mendelson, Host, The Brandon Show
37. “I will work closely with entrepreneurs and small business owners so that they’re no longer intimidated about going after publicity or doing marketing to grow their business in this tough economy.” - John Sternal, co-owner Sternal Consulting
38. “I’m going to grow my readership by 15 percent each month–or die trying.” – Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Founder of EcoStiletto
39. “This year I am going to generate revenue from my business idea.” -Vera Babayeva, Founder of Women Can Have It All
40. “I intend to further educate myself in 2009 through great courses, online research and forums.” Johanna Baker-Dowdell, Founder of Strawberry Communications
41. “This year I am going to stop offering discounts on my already discounted product offering.” Ellen Malloy, Founder of RestaurantIntelligenceAgency.com
42. “Find a European distributor for ScubaDoRag and a wetsuit manufacturer for co-branded new product.” Susan Martin, President of ScubaDoRag
43. “I will stay positive throughout the down market by recognizing that beneficial change starts with attitude.” – George Monzures, Founder of Monzures Development
44. “This year, I will help our senior team become better managers…despite themselves.” – Linda Passante, Co-Founder of The Halo Group
45. “I will not allow the focus on cash flow to be more important than my focus on customers.” – Jay Steinfeld, Founder of Blinds.com
46. “My top New Year’s Resolution is to remain positive and grow in these uncertain economic times while working to keep expenses down.” – Yomesh Shah, President of B2CJewels
47. “This year I am going to share my good fortune and host a charity benefit for homeless animals.” – Tracey Steinberg, Esq., Life Coach
48. “Every year I make this same resolution: throw out half of what I own; spend less time at my desk and more time with my friends.” – Laurie Nadel, PhD.
49. “My resolution is to truly live my priorities every day so that I walk the walk and talk the talk as a Life Coach.” – Lucy Wellmaker , M.Ed. Founder of Coach W Life Coach
50. “This year I am going to better communicate the value we are providing to our clients and how our services are helping to provide them stability in this time of economic strain.” – Byron K Patrick, CoFounder of Hosted Solutions, Inc
51. “This year, I’m going to show the world that even though all college grads look the same on paper, all college grads really aren’t the same” – Jeff Shepherd, Founder of discoverED
52. “I will be a Magnetic Leader in my industry through speaking and writing another book.” – Lorin Beller Blake, President of Big Fish Nation
53. “This year I am going to revisit every customer that said no or was not ready to make a decision, because every 3 to 6 months things change in every company. – Alfredo Nasti Jr, ITALIAN ORGANICS CO
54. “This year I am going to donate more money and more time to charity, than i have in all my life before this, combined.” – Brooke Kelley, Founder of Unify
55. “This year I am going to make sure I give fresh flowers and a personal note to each team member on their birthday. I vow to always do this, no matter how big my company becomes.” Jules Pieri, Founder of Daily Grommet
56. “Many times this past year, clients, vendors, and even employees would say one thing then do another. That’s why in 2009 I resolve to ‘get it in writing’ for anything important.”- Peter Ubriaco, President of New York Information Systems Inc.
57. “I will stay focused on the vision of my company.” – Bob Hayden, Chief Executive Officer, Band of Neighbors LLC
58. “This year, at least once a day, every single day of 2009, I’m going to make everyone around me better at what they do. At the very least, it’ll make me better at what I do. ” – Sam Spear, Founder of jumpintotomorrow.com
60. “This New Year’s my resolution is to start goal setting again and make sure I achieve them! Goal #1: Meet 5 new businesses a month.” – Kristi Huntington, Owner of Huntingtax Accounting Services, Inc.
61. “I resolve to remember how impossible it is to get anything done over the Christmas Holiday season, and to go on vacation myself next year, like apparently everyone else does who knows anything about anything!” – Ray Pahler, Owner of Carrot INK
62. “In 2009 I will help at least 1 million Entrepreneurs ‘get more done and have more fun’ by giving them unconventional marketing tips in my weekly WebTV Show.” – Andrew Lock, Host of ‘Help! My Business Sucks!’
63. “This year I am going to help 5,000 people work more effectively with Gen Y. ” – Anne Loehr, founder of Anne Loehr Consulting
64. “I hereby resolve that my work will include time to exercise, to take a vacation, to take time off, recognizing that work needs balance to be done well.” - Dr. Linda Seger
65. “In 2009, I will develop other streams of income to add to my existing marketing consulting practice.” – Susan Payton, Egg Marketing & Public Relations
66. “I will join a formal networking group and focus on cultivating relationships with local small business owners, to help them grow their business.” – Melanie Heywood, Founder of Listasaurus.com
67. “I will devote more time out of the office to network locally and get more business.” – Charlotte Tomic, President of Tomic Communications
68. “This year I am going to increase revenue 15% with new products and services, even in a down economy.”- Kai Hill, Vice President of My Medical Future Inc.
69. “To make sure I do not forgot how stupid I can be.” – Michael Levy from Professional Optimist
70. “I resolve not to be sucked into the gloom and doom market projections. Opportunities abound in 2009.” - Kevin W. McCarthy, CEO of On-Purpose Partners, LLC
71. “ I am raising my inspiration and motivation in 2009 and will start each day looking at the world as if I see everything for the first and last time.” – Mercedes Oestermann van Essen, Author
72. “This year I’m going to actually follow my written plan!”- Larry Mersereau, President of PromoPower LLC
73. “I’m will delete, delete, delete till I come back to what I do well and love doing.” – Barbarb Hranilovich, Owner of BARBCO
74. “This year I will continually market my services to new clients, no matter how busy I am with existing clients.” – Ian Griffin, Owner of Executive Communications
75. “This year, I resolve to strategically brand and market my company with traditional, internet and social marketing, target more mid-size companies, and celebrate five wonderful years in business.” – Anahid Lisa Derbabian, Founder of Integrity Communications
76. “I pledge to keep a better journal of the challenges and triumphs each day as an entrepreneur brings.” -Armen Berjikly – Founder of Experience Project
77. “This year I will be working smarter by bundling my products and services.“ – Patty Kreamer, President of Kreamer Connect, Inc.
78. “This year I am going to find a distributor in the U.S. and translate my cards into at least one more language.” – Anja Schuetz, Performance Coach at Yellow Umbrella
79. “I’m going to service my customers so well that I can rely on word of mouth advertising 100% for all business leads” – Nithya Balasubramanyam, Director of Bridge Technologies and Solutions
80. “This year I am going to be less customer service focused by not allowing wholesale customers to order less than the minimum quantity for any style of my products. When they do this, they can’t set up an effective in-store display.” – Monique Hodgkinson, Founder of Stable Solutions
81. “To set a marketing plan… and follow it!” – Stephanie Lee, Owner of Scratchpad Secretaries
82. “Pay more attention to my intuition (which is usually rooted in fact), with no second guessing.” – Kim M. Byers, Founder of The Celebration Shoppe, LLC
83. “This year, I am going to create a PR buzz about my services through a bimonthly radio show on emotions in business life.”- Rachel Whalley, Psychotherapist at Fog to Fire
84. “This year, no matter how much I love my work and how much more work there is to do, I am going to take time off to rejuvenate so my performance can improve even more.” – Isa “GlitterGirl” Isaacs, Founder of Temple of Poi
85. “I am going to add three new clients to my roster and continue to focus more on retainers than project work. I’m also going to do more consulting and speaking gigs.” – Rickey Gold, President of Rickey Gold & Associates
86. “This year I am resolved to breathe deeply and keep my eye on the ball regardless of the economical forecast because I am the one with my finger on the pulse of my industry and my customers.” – Lenore Ball, Principal of Dove Press Inc
87. “In 2009 I will add more value to the lives of every one I touch, and continue to live in brilliant integrity, taking massive action to attain my desires, moving at Mach 4 with my hair on fire!” – Tanja Diamond, Founder of Learning Tantra.com
88. “I am going to think outside of the box, look at what our readers want to read, before it happens and raise awareness of the travel rants brand throughout the UK and Europe.- Darren Cronian, Owner of Travel Rants
89. “This year I’m increasing sales by going after more of the types of customers that do the most business with us, five of these customers equals fifty of our low end customers.” - Kim Shanahan, President of Book Bouquet Gift Basket
90. “This year I resolve to not let external forces nor self-doubts sway me from my original business vision.” – Mike Sullivan, Founder of aBetterOffice
91. “I’ll find new people to ride in my elevator, who provide mutual encouragement to move on to the top floor.” – Mary Ann Lowry, Owner of Create a New Season Family Coaching
92. “This year I am going to learn a second language.” – Dr. Jay McCurry, President of McCurry Training and Coaching
93. “This is the Year I am going to enjoy the ride of living the dream one step at a time.” – Diahna Husbands, Owner of Diahna Lynn Hair Enhancement Studio
94. “This year I am going to say no to any project that takes me off course–no matter how much it pays or how interesting it is.” – Alyice Edrich, Founder of The Dabbling Mum
95. “In 2009, I will help change the lives of 100,000 people through my Sobo Dance & Inspirational Exercise program.” – Jillian Montes, Founder of Sobo, LLC
96. “I resolve to go to bed before midnight instead of burning the night oil and working well into the night. I will sleep and take care of myself first, my family second and my business third!” – Erin Postle, M.Ed., Weight Loss Coach
97. “To create very specific, targeted goals to positively impact the lives and businesses of Christian businesswomen.” – Krista Dunk, Co-Founder of Koinonia Business Women
98. “Laugh more, Work smarter, Sell harder, Never give up!” - Ray Wu, Founder of Fund Mojo
99. “This year I am going to teach a minimum of 100 families how to communicate, really communicate, and how to become more financially successful than they ever dreamed.” - Linda Samuels, CEO of BillionaireBabies
100. “I am going to choose my clients, rather than have them choose me.” – Sara Cowley, Principle of Sara Cowley Design
101. “This year I will focus on marketing and promotion, as history proves time and time again that those that are the most aggressive during recessions sustain or enhance their market position during the recovery period and well beyond.” – Rod Santomassimo, CCIM, President of Massimo Group, LLC
102. “I will farm out as much administrative work as possible with a V.A. so I have time to spend on my personal list.” – Ann Levine, Owner of LawSchoolExpert.com
103. “This year I am going to extend my pro bono work with nonprofit boards because it showcases my skills while providing terrific introductions to business leaders in the region.” Scott Carlberg, Founder of Talking Points
104. “I’m going to compile an ongoing list of new software, business applications and online tools that come to market and put aside time each month to give myself at least a cursory understanding of them.” – Iyna Bort Caruso, Owner of Sweet Lime Ink
105. “I will spend more time expanding my business globally and networking with like-minded green entrepreneurs who are working towards preserving our world.” – Christine Marchuska, Founder of cmarchuska Signature Collection
106. “The team is only as strong as its weakest link. In 2009, I will break off all weak links.” – John-Paul Lee, Founder of Tavalon Tea
107. “This year I will have two monthly goals each for my business and personal life, one that will be a no-brainer goal and the other a dream-big goal. ” – Lisa Metwaly, Owner of The Q Kindness Cafe
108. “My entrepreneurial resolution is to pursue growth & consider our country’s dark economic cloud nothing but opportunity. When it got dark the light bulb was invented!” – Blake Squires, Founder of Playaway
Compiled by Mike Michalowicz, Author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur