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10 for 10- 10 Resolutions You Must Make This Year

Thu, Jan 7, 2010

Everywhere we turn people are talking about their New Year's resolution. To lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with family, etc.. etc… etc… You know, the same resolutions people set every single year, because they weren't able to accomplish them the year before. Instead of setting lofty goals just because they sound good, be real about what you can actually accomplish in 2010. Our team at took the liberty of remixing the New Year resolution concept to give you 10 very attainable things you can do to spice up your life and become a better brand. 

Here are the Top 10 Resolutions You Must Make in 2010 to Have the Unprecedented Success You Really Want:

1. Give 1 percent

Great brands leave lasting impressions on those who meet them. One dynamic way to make yourself memorable is to help someone in need.  We know your schedule is jam-packed and resources are tight, but even a small can make a difference. Instead of making a vague resolution to volunteer…set a more specific goal based on the idea of giving at least one percent of your time and salary for the year. There are 365 days in a year, so carve out at least 3.5 days to do good before the year is up. If you make $50,000 donate at least $500 to a good cause as your one percent commitment for the year. Not only is giving the right thing to do, but it builds character and makes you feel good about yourself in the process. Whether you call it karma, law of reciprocation, sowing seeds or just plain doing good-- helping others opens you up to receive more, so do it. We can all spare one percent.

2. Organize, Organize, Organize

To make 2010 better than last year you have to do more in less time. There's never going to be 25 hours in a day, so you have to find ways to save the precious time you have. One easy way to do that is to de-clutter your home and workspace. We spend so much time searching for things that are buried in stacks of paper, crowded closets and unorganized files. Get rid of the junk drawer, clean out your inbox, delete your voicemail messages, and focus on clearing out old and unnecessary baggage, so you can think clearly and easily navigate through all the new stuff that's coming your way. Being organized gives you more time to do your thing. 

3. Make a Standing Appointment with Your Hairstylist/Barber.

Man, few things can compare to the feeling of leaving the hair salon with a fresh new do (or a fresh haircut for the fellas). When you look good, you automatically feel good. You're more confident, energized, and ready to hit the scene. In 2010 make a commitment to give yourself that confident, unstoppable feeling on a regular basis. Don't just say you'll go more often. Actually make a standing appointment. Tell your stylist that you need to book a regular appointment every Friday, every other Saturday… or whatever time works for you. Take care of you, so you can present your best to the world. Your fresh look and confidence stride are critical to your brand. 

4. Travel More

Vacations are not only a great gift to yourself, but they give you a chance to explore new places, meet new people and gather fresh ideas. Traveling also gives you memorable experiences that can make you a more interesting person to talk to. Carve out more time to travel this year. Even if your pockets are lighter this year, you can local attractions, spas, hotels and landmarks to explore close to home. Allow yourself to be a tourist. Take a road trip down the coast. Ride a tour bus. Mingle with out-of-towners. Traveling doesn't have to be far or expensive. Just get away from your normal routine and experience life from a different perspective. Pull out your calendar and start planning your 2010 getaway.

5. Make Your Look Book

Make this year about discovering your best look. Find out what colors, styles and fabrics look best on you. Focus on really understanding what hairstyles, makeup colors, shoes and accessories flatter you, and complete your look. Master both your professional and casual looks, so you are always ready to impress when you walk in a room. Start by thinking about which public figures/celebrities you'd like to pattern your style after. Then browse through magazines and pull out images of the look you're going for. Put those pages in a binder and use that as your own personal style guide. Use your style guide when you’re shopping, or trying to figure out what to where/buy.  Experiment with outfits, colors, etc. until you figure out what looks work best for your body and your brand. Discover your look and stick with it.

6. Fall in Love with Your Work

A recent CBS survey reported that only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. If you are one of the 55 people who are unhappy at work, make a commitment to yourself to fall in love with your work in 2010. This may mean finding another company to work for, working your way up to another position within your existing company, or venturing out into the world of entrepreneurship to start your own company. Regardless of which path you choose, just give yourself a chance to do work you love. 

7. Take a Class

There's something you've always wanted to try, but never got around to it. Do something fun and creative that has nothing to do with your job. Use 2010 to explore your creative side. Check out your local community college, YMCA, Learning Annex or just search Craigslist for that Creative Writing, Photography, Salsa Dancing, Yoga or Painting class that's been on your mind for years now. There's a reason why you've always been interested in exploring that craft…who knows maybe you were born to do it. You'll never know if you don't finally push yourself to just go for it. At the very least, it will make you a more well-rounded brand, and add new skills to add to your repertoire. 

8. Become an Expert

What's that one subject that you can talk about for hours and hours at a time without getting tired of it? It can be anything from politics to sports, branding or fashion. Why not use your specialized knowledge to position yourself as an expert in your field. Author and Sociologist, Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours of practice and studying to become an expert at something. So make a list of all the books you need to read to master your craft and dive in. Find mentors, take internships, consume industry news, write blogs and keep stacking those hours. Everyone can be an expert at something. And, you can use your newfound expertise to earn extra money this year.

9. Get a pet

Forbes reported that people with pets live longer. Pet ownership decreases loneliness and depression, encourages laughter and nurturing, and stimulates exercise. If you haven't already experienced the joy of owning a pet, make that a priority for 2010. Our office mascot/resident dog, Brooklyn, keeps us entertained every day. He also helps us meet new people in the neighborhood who stop to pet him. If dogs aren't your thing, consider a cat, a goldfish, a pet rock…or whatever else works for you. Just get one so you can live longer and smile harder. 

10. Get Naked

We all have at least one thing that we're afraid to do. Speaking in public, flying on airplanes and swimming are common phobias. But, many other fears, big and small hold us back in some way. This year, make a commitment to conquer at least one of your fears. In order to do that you have to first be honest with yourself about that fear, and be willing to make yourself vulnerable so that people can help you get passed it.  If you are traumatized by the idea of making a public speech, then make this the year that you sign up for Toastmasters or another public speaking class, and practice, practice, practice until you are able to deliver a powerful speech without freaking out. We have to make ourselves uncomfortable, and push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, in order to grow and live up to the full potential of our brands. 

Make this is the year that you finally keep your New Year's resolutions. You have 12 months to tackle the 10 resolutions above. 12 months to become a better you. And, 12 months to be the brand you always wanted to be. Good Luck! And get cracking.

Written by Tia Jackson exclusively for BrandMakerNews