Monthly Archives: December 2017

The secrets of a good resolution

The impending new year usually gets people talking about resolutions. Personally, I am not one for the typical new year’s resolutions…I mean why wait for January 1st to make the changes in your life that you feel are important? There is something to be said about having a deadline to get started on a goal, however. Especially a deadline that is only days away.

For many, the new year seems like a fresh start and so often they decide on a ‘lose weight’ or ‘get healthy’ sort of resolution. It’s why the number of gym memberships spike in January. Those are great resolutions, so why is it that within a few weeks, those same gyms see a drop in people attending?

Besides having a start date, the trick to a good resolution is that it is not just a wish. It should be measurable. Specific. Resolutions are firm decisions, to do or not to do something; the action of solving a problem. Just like other goals you may have for yourself, you have to know HOW you are going to get there. It is the difference between saying ‘In 2018, I am going to go to the gym more’ and saying ‘For the next 4 weeks, I will be going to the gym on Mondays and Wednesdays for 30 minutes over the lunch hour’. Measurable. Specific.

One also has to have the right attitude toward them. Resolutions are only as good as the belief that they will be successful. Believing that you can and reminding yourself of the concrete steps you are taking can be powerful in overcoming the cynicism that the change is too overwhelming. Baby steps. Continuing daily. Abraham Lincoln has said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” Have faith in yourself. Celebrate the small successes. Remind yourself where you are headed and that you are progressing.

Another trick to resolutions is to have the disposition that they are life changing. The desired result of a resolution is usually permanent. If your resolution was to lose 10 pounds and you achieved it, you will not likely say to yourself “Well great! I did it. Now, I can just gain those right back.” I think the reasons most new years resolutions fail, is because people don’t view them as the long-term changes that they need to be.

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them” Benjamin Franklin said. If we are honest, most of us know what it is that we lack or need to change in our lives. Take time to consider and make a specific, measurable resolution this year to prove my theories correct. Don’t quit because it gets hard and don’t be afraid to enjoy the small good right now. When you look back over the year, you will see the journey was worth it.


One Month to Go…

The Chamber Annual Banquet is only one month away and if you are not already getting excited for it, you should be!  This semi-formal event is our yearly time to get together as a full membership:  to celebrate the year, to recognize community leaders, to enjoy fellowship, a delicious meal, and of course some entertainment to round out the evening!   A change in venue is just the beginning…we have a great evening planned for you.

January 19, 2018, at McCody Concrete, the VIP Reception for our sponsors and special guests will be held in the upstairs of McCody Concrete at 5:30pm.  Doors downstairs to the bays will open at 6pm for cocktail hour and the silent auction begins.

It is a tradition that while we fundraise for the Chamber’s yearly efforts, we also give back a portion of our silent auction proceeds to one of our non-profits.  This year, the Fred & Clara Eckert Foundation for Children (Eckert Youth Homes) is our recipient, so come prepared to be generous!  If your business would like to donate something for the silent auction – please let us know!

Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford and Miss North Dakota, Lizzie Jensen, are our special guests this year and our entertainment for the evening is Humorist Devin Henderson.  But my favorite part of the evening is giving out the awards.  The Chamber has a long history of recognizing community and business leaders for the admirable work they have done.  While we only give out six awards each year, the 28 nominations we received this year are a testament to the quality of people living and working in this community.   Not to mention the vast list of past winners, many of whom are still contributing to the community to this day.

And you can’t forget about the meal!  This year, we will have three different Chamber members providing the appetizers, main course and dessert.  Just another chance for our members to highlight how remarkable they are!  It is going to be a great night!

So now that you are thoroughly excited for the banquet this year, please make sure you get your tickets! If your business want to sponsor a table, contact us today as we have only 3 table sponsors left!

I cannot wait to see you all there!


I’m not crazy…

I realize that last week I was talking about 2018 already, however, I don’t want to overlook the last few weeks of 2017!  The older I get the faster this time of year seems to go.  With all that needs to be done (decorations, presents, baking, holiday parties and more) the handful of weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas just seem to fly by!

Don’t let 2017 go quietly into the dark night without connecting one last time.  Networking.  Connections.  It’s what we do best at the Chamber!  Next Thursday, December 14th will be our last Business after Hours for 2017.   No doubt, it will be just as fun as usual – if not more so as everyone gets in the holiday spirit!  Networking coupled with a little friendly competition, conversation, food, and prizes are sure to warm you up in this cold month.  Remember to bring all the networking cards you have collected this year.  We will have our drawing for $100 in Chamber Bucks that you can use locally for your Christmas shopping!

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Some synonyms for crazy are: silly, wild, fanatical, outrageous, ridiculous, passionate, enthusiastic, devoted.  Ok.  Well then maybe I am a little crazy…but the good kind of crazy.  And while our networking events may not be crazy, they are fun – ask anyone who came last month!

So, even though December is a hectic time of year, please plan to come out and join us next week at our after hours.  I hope to see you all one more time in 2017!


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