December Meeting Recap
Our December 12th general body meeting was held at Larchmont Library in Norfolk. The meeting focused on various new volunteer and fundraising opportunities to include work at the Suffolk Humane Society, Union Mission, Spring Volunteer Fair, and Peninsula SPCA. Online Super Bowl Squares was discussed as a January fundraiser.
Other major items on the agenda included upcoming events and voting results. The Chamber of Commerce proposal passed, but the chapter will need to raise more funds to put this into action. However, the bylaws amendment did not pass, so there will be no changes to the bylaws at this time.
After the meeting, all attendees were invited to brother Zach Grohler's house for an ugly sweater holiday party.
4th Anniversary Potluck Party
Brothers, mark your calendars for our anniversary potluck celebration. January 2016 denotes our fourth year as an official alumni chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. Join us in celebrating on Friday, January 15 at 7pm!
The event will be a potluck and will be held at brother Jody South's house in Suffolk. Dig out those recipes now and start thinking of what you might want to bring! You can RSVP now and sign up for a dish.
Both the 2014 and 2015 potlucks were great successes with delicious food, games, and plenty of socializing. A special thank you to brother Jody South and his wife for hosting this annual event.
For directions to brother South's house, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Membership Renewal
It's that time again. Membership renewal for 2016 is here. Will you join us this year as we work to grow the chapter to make it bigger and better? We can't do it without you. We are anticipating an increase in dues for 2016, but if you join now, you can gain membership at the $25 rate.
What do I get for joining? In addition to being an official chapter member, your dues will allow you to attend special member-only events, give you voting privileges, provide you an opportunity to be an officer or committee member, and with our plans to gain chamber membership, get discounted rates at various local venues. Join now. Your membership will be good through December 31, 2016.
Dues may be paid in person or online by clicking on the link below.
T-Shirts Are Here!
If you pre-ordered one of the new HRAC t-shirts, they have arrived. If you have not collected your pre-ordered shirt, please contact the chapter at email@example.com.
If you did not order a shirt but are still interested, you may place an order online. Please note that we are no longer accepting pre-orders, so you will be limited to the sizes remaining in inventory and may not be able to get the size requested, so order early!
11 Leaders Share their Secrets to Keeping New Year's Resolutions
By Dave Kerpen
It's that time of the year when our thoughts always turn to goals and self improvement. Lose weight. Exercise more. More quality time with the people you love.
Whatever your goals are, this time of year we call it a "New Year's Resolution" and stick to it. For about 3 weeks, on average.
It turns out, only about 8% of people successfully keep their new year's resolutions. So how can you be in that 8%? What is the secret to keeping your new year's resolution?
To find out, I asked 11 successful leaders of companies, from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Here are their secrets, followed by mine:
1. Be Extremely Detailed
You need to be extremely specific to keep your resolutions. Instead of writing, "Build a personal brand," you should write: "I want to be on four panels and publish 12 articles." Then document the actions and milestones required. For this example, you'd write, "Define panel goals with PR firm" and "Write an article per month." You can never be too detailed with resolutions!
– Andrew Thomas, Co-Founder, SkyBell Video Doorbell
2. Create a Wager
Put up $100 or $1,000. Most people don't like losing money and will stick to their resolution if it's going to otherwise cost them. If money isn't a good one, choose something else. You have to have something on the line.
– Adam Steele, Owner, Operator, The Magistrate
3. Think of Them as Part of Your Lifestyle
I don't think of my resolutions as goals. I think of them more as a lifestyle change. It's much easier for me to stay on track with my resolutions when I think like this!
– Brandon Stapper, CEO, 858 Graphics
4. Make It a Community Effort
Many people in the office are probably going to have New Year’s resolutions. I like to ask people what theirs were on the first day back after the New Year and encourage them to share it with others. Letting people know what your resolutions are makes it easier to stay honest. Also, it’s a disarming way of maybe finding out what your employees want out of life and their job.
– Matt Doyle, Vice President, Co-Founder, Excel Builders
5. Aim for an Achievable Goal
A lot of people make the same mistake. They make their New Year's resolutions too difficult to achieve. Rather than attempting to change something major, choose to fight smaller battles and improve those small idiosyncrasies. Rather than telling yourself you're going to stop eating gluten, for instance, resolve to be more conscientious about keeping a clean workspace.
– Blair Thomas, Co-founder, EMerchantBroker
6. Stay Authentic
After I make a list of resolutions I'd like to stick to, I look over it and ask myself whether I actually care about any of them. Society pressures us into making New Year's resolutions about certain aspects of life (usually diet and exercise). But what if I have other priorities? If I can only make resolutions around one or two things that truly matter to me then I'll actually stick to them.
– Dave Nevogt, Co-Founder / CMO , Hubstaff.com
7. Don’t Wait Until the New Year
It’s almost impossible to change conditioned behavior by making resolutions on arbitrary dates. Think how many resolutions you’ve made and broken in your life. The key to long-lasting change is a habit of constant optimization — if something’s not working, change it. Be mindful about your productivity system and your life generally, and make the necessary changes as you spot problems.
– Vik Patel, CEO, Future Hosting
8. Write Them Down
Write your goals down and re-write them monthly (or better yet weekly). This will not only help you stay on track but will help you better define how you achieve those resolutions.
– Ashley Mady, President, Brandberry
9. Make Sure You're Accountable
I share my resolutions with business partners, friends and my fiancé. Then I set small milestones at specific times For example: “I will lose 30 pounds by December 2016, and in order to achieve this, I will lose two pounds per week until I reach my goal.” Be specific and also set designated check-in times with your accountability partners.
– Adam Root, Cofounder & COO, SocialCentiv
10. Set SMART Goals
Set goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely). If your goal is to get into shape, set a target (distance to run, weight, heart rate, etc.), create a workout routine and measure results on a regular basis. SMART goals require better planning. If you plan up front, you’ll find harder to slack and your goal will be in sight in no time.
– Andrew Kucheriavy, CEO / Founder, Intechnic
11. Prioritize, Pay Attention and Be Disciplined
I have a set of tools that seem to elude most people these days: priorities, attention and discipline. Life is full of advantages and disadvantages, and for the most part, you’re in control. If you focus on doing only what matters and you are reasonably disciplined about your priorities, you should be able to keep those resolutions.
– Alfredo Atanacio, Co-Founder, Uassist.ME
Those are the 11 secrets of some of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. My secrets? For me, it's all about starting early, and having an accountability partner. I've been focused on losing weight and better overall health habits: exercise, eating well, gratitude, supplements and water. I've had a terrific accountability partner over the last 4 weeks, and I'm proud to report that I've lost 17 pounds so far.
Dave Kerpen is the CEO of Likeable Local, the Chairman of Likeable Media, and the NY Times bestselling author of 3 books, including the upcoming The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want.