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No More New Year Resolutions
by Joe Bonura, CSP


From NYR to NYC

From now on, do not make any more New Year Resolutions (NYR); only make New Year Commitments (NYC). While a resolution is a firm decision to do something, a commitment is a devotion or dedication to a cause. Do you agree that dedicating yourself to DOING something is much more powerful than DECIDING to do it?

Time To Start Over

January 1st is a great time to start over each year, to re-evaluate what you did and did not do in the previous year and then to commit to something new.

It Is All In The System

It always works better if you take a systematic approach to making a New Year Commitment. Here is a great way to approach the task: As Easy As One, Two, Three

  1. Make a list of all your commitments for the coming year.
  2. Go over the list and select the three most important ones that you will commit to doing.
  3. Devise an action plan that includes tactics that will move you toward your goal. This includes how and when you will accomplish your goals.

Love Recessions

Learn to love recessions because they force you to rethink and retool your approach to accomplishing your goals. A recession is a good time to reprioritize the direction that you are taking and will take. The only way to stop a recession is to have NYCs so challenging that you will not have time to participate in the recession.

No Way To Fail

Answer this question: What would you do if you knew that there was no way that you could not accomplish what you want to accomplish? The answer to that question will give you some powerful commitments to aim for in the coming year.

Hold Your Feet To The Fire

Discuss your NYCs with an accountability partner who will hold your feet to the fire if you fail to move forward in achieving your commitments. Also stress to your accountability partner that you will not be upset with their honesty and resolve to have you reach your objectives.

Powerful Little Package

Write your three commitments on a 3x5 card, fold the card into a tight little package, and carry it with you everywhere you go. The card will serve as a constant reminder of your commitment for improvement.

Dream Your Way To Accomplishment

Every night before you retire, for each of your commitments, list something that you will do to move toward your goals. It is a task that takes less than five minutes, and if you do it before you turn-in for the night, your subconscious will take over while you sleep.

Make An Appointment With You

Make a calendar appointment with yourself once a week to do a gut-check on your progress toward accomplishing your NYCs. Put the appointment on the calendar and show up, just as you would for any appointment.

Party Time

Celebrate each time you accomplish a milestone on one of your NYCs. In other words, reward yourself for a stratagem or course well done.

Start Climbing

Enjoy the New Year, and make every day a rung on the ladder to the success that you will achieve.

Happy New Year!


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About Joe Bonura

His background is unique. Joe owned and operated a highly successful advertising agency for 18 years. During that time, he found his advertising campaigns were more effective when he educated his clients in the areas of sales and service. He conducted training seminars for his clients as added value. Word spread that Joe was a quality speaker and more and more people asked him to speak. The demand became so high that he sold the agency to three of his associates to start his own speaking and consulting company, Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.

Joe is past President of the Kentucky Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a prestigious designation earned by only 8% of the 3,600 member National Speakers Association. Joe presently serves on the board of directors of NSA.

He is author of the audio learning systems "Three-Dimensional Selling®" and "Turning Customer Satisfaction Into Customer Excitement®." He is author of the book Throw the Rabbit—The Ultimate Approach to Three-Dimensional Selling.




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