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January

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a happy holiday season and are looking forward to great start to 2019.

We are more than encouraged and applaud the City’s recent announcement of the land option agreement with SaskPower, this is paramount to the economics of Moose Jaw in establishing advancement in growth, stability in infrastructure, contributing to a strong and vibrant Moose Jaw. The Chamber of Commerce often collaborates with the City of Moose Jaw to work on projects in the community that will benefit local businesses and the community as a whole.

We are encouraged for a fresh new year with more exciting announcements and events in our community and we will maintain the approach of promoting and protecting the interests of the Moose Jaw business community and it’s members.

The Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce understand the importance of a unified partnership in dealing with business issues that affect our diverse membership. We remain increasingly dedicated to identifying and advocating issues that matter to our members so we can effectively advocate for local business interests. We will do the very best to understand these issues and communicate your perspectives, please feel free to share your comments and thoughts. 

Chamber e-newsletters are sent to our entire membership of over 500+ businesses at the start of each month. There are several ways to be featured in the newsletter, if your business has any important updates, anniversaries, promotions and/or awards, simply let us know or send us a press release

If your interested in advertising or writing something for the Chamber e-newsletter, please contact the Chamber at 306.692.6414 or email heather@mjchamber.com

Rob Clark,
Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

Citizen and Group of the Year deadline to nominate is Monday, January 7th, 2019 with the Luncheon to be held January 24th - call the Chamber office for tickets.

Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards (MJBEX) nomination deadline is January 31, 2019.  Awards Banquet is April 10, 2019

Moose Jaw Business EXPO - April 6 & 7 - for more details visit www.moosejawexpo.ca 

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8 Steps to Make Resolutions that Work

 

8 Steps to Make Resolutions that Work

New Year resolutions fail primarily because we don't mentally prepare to execute them properly. Will power alone rarely works because it uses the conscious mind, research has shown that it's your sub-conscious mind that is really in control of your behavior and it also controls the way we perceive things.

Is it any wonder that most of us look at the resolutions we've made in the past and shake our heads at how ineffective they were? Discouragement at ineffective resolutions (which are in fact, really only goals), prevents us from setting them in the future.

So, let's have a look at how to make resolutions that work.

Only make resolutions for things you intensely desire

If you don't really want to achieve it, or if you're trying to achieve it because someone else wants you to, you won't. Desire is a primary motivator for all of us. Because not achieving your goals is so discouraging, think hard about how much you want it before making the commitment.

Be detailed about how you will benefit from achieving that resolution

Think through what the benefits are to you if you achieve the resolution you're setting. If your resolution is to lose weight, the benefit of fewer pounds may not be strong enough. Why do you want to lose weight? Will it make you feel more attractive? Will it make you healthier? Will it increase your self-esteem? The underlying benefits are an important consideration in resolution-setting.

Write them down

People who write down goals and resolutions are 80 per cent more likely to achieve them.

Set measurable and identifiable benchmarks

Resolutions are pointless if you don't know when you've achieved them. Make sure you have an identifiable point where you know you've achieved success. You may even want to set "mini" benchmarks along the way to keep you motivated and challenged.

Define what is necessary to help you achieve your resolution

What needs to be in place in order for you to get where you want to go? If you can clearly see what needs to be done, you can actively work towards getting there.

Create a step-by-step plan for each resolution

Creating a plan is an important aspect of resolution achievement. This helps you to see progress, readjust when you get derailed, and keeps you focused when other things get in your way.

Envision yourself already having achieved your resolution

Practice visualizing what it will be like when you've achieved your goal. What will your business look like when you've incorporated those changes? How will your business have grown? Positive visualization can be a motivator for your conscious self, but it is an enormous factor in the unconscious element of your brain that will either assist or hold you back from achieving those resolutions.

Never give up

Finally, be determined that you won't quit or give up, no matter how hard it gets. This is easier if you intensely desire what you're trying to achieve, which is why we started with the concept of making sure you intensely desire what you're resolving to do.


In your personal life and in the life of your business, resolutions can be powerful tools to motivate you and inspire achievement. Use these tools to increase your success in making resolutions that work.

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8 Steps to Make Resolutions that Work

 

Do You Read Enough?

How much do you read? What are you reading? Research has shown that fewer adults are reading books; in fact, around one quarter of adults in the U.S. and 16 per cent of Canadians didn't read a book at all last year. But book sales are increasing, which presumably means that those who do read books are reading more of them.

Why Are We Reading Less?

The obvious answers are time and technology. Reading takes dedicated time. Reading requires a set-apart time that is difficult to find in the fast pace of life. We can now listen to books while we drive, and while there's value in that, nothing can truly replace the act of sitting down with a book in your hand. Cognitively, your brain processes information differently when you're just listening, as opposed to reading.

Why Should We Care?

Have you ever thought about how taking time to read might actually increase your skills as a business person? Give you something interesting to talk about? Increase your cognitive abilities? Provide a time to relax and enjoy a simple pleasure? Here are some suggestions for ways to add reading to your daily experience. You may be surprised at the results!

Read newspapers and trade publications to stay current in your industry. You probably get newsletters and do research on the Internet as part of your business, but you do this at your desk in your work environment. Grab a hard copy of the newspaper and sit in a coffee shop or take a trade journal to the staff room to read on your coffee break. It makes a difference how and what your read.

Read business books or motivational books for inspiration. What inspires you? Stories about the successes of others? Wisdom and advice from influential businesspeople? Challenging prose from those who have experienced victory against incredible odds? Nothing feels quite as good as putting down a great book and feeling inspired to do better, to achieve more, or to be thankful for what you have.

Read novels for the sheer joy of escaping and using your imagination. What's better than putting your feet up and getting lost in another world? Reading for pleasure gives your mind a break from the demands you put on it all day long. It's like deep breathing for your brain. It can actually increase your productivity.

Read something challenging to keep your mind sharp - a scientific journal, an article about something you don't understand, a historical piece. Reading things that are difficult challenges your mind to go places it wouldn't normally go, increasing your cognitive abilities, and keeping your mental faculties sharp.

Read great classic works to enjoy the pure beauty of art and language. Dickens, Hemmingway, Chaucer, Tolstoy, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis. Brilliant authors whose use of language is pure art, and whose depth is unparalleled.

So, what are you reading? Make increased reading a part of your plans for 2019. The benefits may surprise you!

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8 Steps to Make Resolutions that Work

 

Executive Leadership – Are you in a Rut?

Do you feel you're not getting anywhere fast? Do you feel that you are in a rut and can't seem to find your way out? It's difficult and frustrating when you feel you aren't getting anywhere, moving forward or reaching your goal.

First ask yourself, why am I in a rut? It's important to figure out the reasons behind why you are in this predicament and stuck on that never-ending treadmill. To answer this question, you may need to ask yourself another question; how important is this to me? If it's not a priority to you, then perhaps it's not where you need to be focussing your time or energy. Author Maria Popova suggests that if you are attempting to do things out of guilt or prestige then you probably should not be doing them at all. In other words, if you are not doing it for yourself nor have the passion for it, then it's probably not a priority for you. Your values and desires need to be truly aligned with your actions to move forward and succeed.

Now, assuming that that the project is important to you, it's time to use some questions to kick-start or restart the process. Ask yourself, what's holding me back? Sometimes the overall scope of a project is daunting and causing you to feel over-whelmed. Other times it's the fear of failure or the unknown. The "rut" is a known and it may feel comfortable and safe. The thought of change can be intimidating; can you identify what the barriers are to moving forward?

Once you have answered these questions, it's time to ask questions which will help you move the project forward. How can I break the project down into small manageable tasks? In other words, what are the little steps I can take towards my goal and feel a sense of fulfillment and success? What can I do each day to move forward? Accomplishing bits and pieces of the ultimate goal is critical to making progress and not feeling overwhelmed.

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Two further questions may be useful in getting off the treadmill, and out of the rut. They involve the "who" in your life. Who can help me with this? What would [insert role model/mentor name here] do in this situation?

Answering questions about your predicament is key to reaching your goal in a timely fashion.

Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach

Motivated Coaching

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Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce
88 Saskatchewan St. E, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 0V4
T: 306.692.6414 F: 306.694.6463
chamber@mjchamber.com
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