Can you believe that in just about 9 days we will be at the start of a new year? I feel like this year has seemingly flown by. At first, it was a slow start before momentum kicked in and it kept on sailing. Here we are with 2 weeks left of 2015 with a year of possibilities not too far ahead. If you're like most people, including myself, you are already thinking about the new year and the changes you can make to start off on a better foot whether it is in your business or personal life and perhaps you already have your resolution written down.

But why should we settle for superficial resolutions and shift our focus onto something a little more different and that is...

 R E S O L V E   

Definition:  to make a definite and serious decision to do something

Going into a new year with new resolutions is a good idea, but when you go into a new year with resolve— a serious decision to do something, our focus should change

 I came up with a few tips on how to refocus for the new year and make 2016 and a successful and focused year.

T A K E    I N V E N T O R Y

Grab a piece of paper, open a your notes app or word document and start making list of what worked for 2015. Maybe you followed through with the resolutions you made for this year, perhaps you've gained control over your excess spending, or maybe  you gained the number of clients you sought out to gain for your business. What worked for you personally or in your business, write it down.

Next, do the same thing for what  didn't work for you in 2015. For some it might be that they didn't follow though with the resolutions made at the beginning of the year. For others, it may be  that you didn't reach a goal that you thought you would, or maybe

S U R R O U N D Y O U R S E L F  W I T HT H E  R I G H T  P E O P L E

We all know that saying—  You are who you hang out with.   While that is a common statement, it couldn't be more true. You are a product of the people you surround yourself with.  If you are surrounded by negative people, you are going to end up having a negative outlook and attitude.  Surround yourself with positive people, and you are going to be positive.  In the New Year,  resolve to surround yourself with the right people. The "right people" might look different for each person, but if you want to have a successful year, you will ultimately need to surround yourself with people who are going to lift you up, encourage you,  and support you.


Surround yourself with people who inspire you instead of people who drain you of your time and energy. The right people will will pour into your life instead of taking away from it. The right people will make you want to succeed, be creative, and move forward  with you dreams and goals and will be right there to support you along the way. The wrong people, will do just the opposite. They take and take, and never give. They try to stifle your dreams and goals, and instead of supporting you, they undermine you. Though it may be hard to do, you need to let go of these people because if you continue to allow them to drag you down, you are going to have a hard time moving forward  in the direction of success.

 R E E D E E M    Y O U R    S P A R E   T I M E

Everyone has the same 24 hours they say…

Yes. We all do.  But it depends how you spend those 24 hours. Although our schedules may be busy and there are many things on our to-do lists, we all have spare time that we can choose to utilize to our benefit. What about that 15 minute commute to work? What about those 20 minutes standing in line? What about your 30 minute lunch break?

It’s not about “having” time, it’s about making time.

Here are some examples of how you can resolve to redeem your  spare time:

15+ Minute Commute:    If you work another job outside of your creative one, you probably have a commute. Or those of you who are full-time in your creative business,  you may still have a commute to your client’s home. Most of us probably think that the commute is  not spare time, but in fact, it is. Instead of just listening to music, listen to sermons, podcasts, or audio books like Lara Casey’s Make It Happen book to encourage you and spark joy within you.

20+ Minutes Waiting in Line: Go to a crowded grocery store on the  on a busy day and you’ll be sure to wait in line for 20 or more minutes. There are plenty of things you can do: brainstorm a list for blog ideas or project ideas, dream up goals. A great app and web based program  is Trello. It’s a great tool for organizing all of your thoughts and Ideas and its FREE.

30+ Minute Lunch Break: If you work a full time job like myself, chances are you have at least a 30 minute break. You can use this time to bounce ideas off of your co-workers, brainstorm and get creative insight. I have done this plenty of times and have walked away from a lunch break feeling inspired and ready to create. There is also a middle school student, at the school I work at  who is interested in photography and daily asks me different question about f stops, ISO, camera models, and more, so that always keeps me on my toes.

A C T I V E    G O A L    S E T T I N G

There is a difference between active goal setting and passive goal setting. Passive  goal setting resides only in our mind with no concrete details set in place, they are pretty much floating around in your head. If you’ve seen the movie Inside Out, your passive goal setting is like the scene where Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong are taking a “short cut” and end up looking like abstract, pieced-together characters.

The passive goals lack details. Instead, resolve  to set active goals. Active goals have effort put into them. Active goals, require discipline.  Discipline yourself to take a step each day in the direction of that goal. Actively achieve that goal by planning and prioritizing the steps it’ll take to get there.  In order to be successful, you need to be intentional about it  and that takes discipline.When you discipline yourself, you are  choosing between what you what not and what you want most when it comes to your goals. Set you eye on the prize and work actively to accomplish them and be intentional and disciplined along the way. You've got this!  

This is my last post of 2015! It's been a great year and I look forward to being on Christmas vacation spent with family and friends. I am also looking forward to go into a new year with resolve!  I can't wait to hear what you've decided to resolve in the New Year!

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Sincere Touch Photography currently serves in the State College, PA area with on-location portrait photography. We are currently booking 2016 sessions. To find about more, get in touch with me by filing out this form and set your consultation date. I look forward to meeting you!