Stronger Resolve: 7 Resolutions for Business Owners

     We all survived 2016 with varying degrees of success, and whether you are morning or celebrating the passing of another year one thing is certainly true: it’s time to move forward. How can we walk in to 2017 with clear eyes and bright expectations? 

     Lofty resolutions have always felt like a trope, I have never felt more or less ambitious or hopeful on January 1st than on any other day of the year. Albeit, while I always try to enjoy the present I find it helpful to always assume that the best is yet to come. And so, January is a good a time as any to reflect on the trials and successes of years past and to lay your best intentions for the future. 

Here are 7 actionable resolutions for you and your business in 2017:

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The More You Give, The Richer You Are

The giving economy is about the value of establishing human connections. Money is a good marker for business exchanges, but it doesn’t include or give acknowledgement to the real human value of service. To be giving means to offer your gifts for the exchange of that connection (which, despite what some may say, is valuable). In my community we’re lucky to have a good, functioning time-banking system; where members can trade their time with each other via an online platform that advertises their services offered or requested. People trade massages for garden-weeding, dog-walking for a ride to the airport, and in my case - I offer a couple of days of my time per season to helping someone bring new life to their home landscape. 

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Good Design is Good Business

Functionality is a key component of design. My favorite example of a design disaster was Steve Harvey’s now famous crowning of the wrong Miss Universe. Every visual designer knows that english speakers read information from left to right, and from top to bottom. This a rule that guides the composition of everything from magazine covers to gas pumps. Poor Miss Columbia suffered at the hand of a poorly designed note card, which put her name immediately to the left the Miss Universe Title, and the name of the real Miss Universe on the bottom right of the card - just under Steve Harveys thumb. Design is not how something looks, but how it works. Important details should always be designed with care, no matter how large or small the project. 

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