It’s that time of year again when it’s time to sit down, pull out a piece of paper and think of all of your new year’s resolutions and how you want to improve in 2017. Sadly, making new year’s resolutions starts out as an exciting thing for most people but then the luster and hopefulness quickly fades and resolutions are forgotten.
I don’t want this to be you! If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all of the goals you have and things you need to do, I’ve boiled it down to three essential new year’s resolutions to focus on. Sometimes it can be hard knowing where to start, so I hope this helps you focus on what I think are important and will really help your culinary business this year.
1. Pamper Yourself Once a Month
You’re probably wondering why I’m listing this as the most important resolution. It might seem counter-productive, but really it is the opposite. Too often, I coach chefs who get burnt out. Because they are not happy inside, their business suffers. It usually stems from the fact that they don’t take time to rejuvenate and recharge. I challenge my coaching clients to pick one thing they love to do and make time for it at least once a month, whether that is a yoga class in the mountains or a spa day with your girlfriends. If you don’t take regular breaks, you are going to fail because you will lose the energy and drive.
2. Invest in Furthering Your Knowledge/Expertise
At the beginning of every year, I try and find at least one or two conferences that I can attend that will either make me a better chef or business owner. As business owners, we have to constantly be learning and improving what we do and that requires furthering our education whether that’s through reading new books or attending events with various classes. I love attending the USPCA conference every year because I can go to learn more about culinary business and at the same time network with other chefs. It’s not only informative, but it’s about building lasting friendships and business connections, some of which have been very valuable for me. Sometimes this also might mean hiring a business coach or mentor to help fast forward your growth and knowledge.
3. Do Something Outside of Your Comfort Zone
You know what it is. That thing that scares you to death an makes you want to pee your pants? Do it! I used to be terrified of speaking in front of people. I wasn’t good at it and I didn’t like all eyes on me. Well, I quickly realized that speaking is what could help me get noticed in my community and build my email list and even make profitable sales. I decided I would have to face my fear and just do it. So I started booking different speaking engagements, I practiced a lot, talked to my friends who were expert coaches, booked myself on TV segments, and now speaking is starting to become my strength, and it has led to so many amazing opportunities. I’m not saying you need to become a speaker, but find that one thing that feels uncomfortable and just take a little dip. If it’s going to help your culinary business in the long run, it’s worth it. You’ll find that what was once terrifying, becomes invigorating.
Are you needing an extra push this year to chase after your goals? I’m offering a year special on my eChef Club Membership until Friday, January 13th. You can get 12 months of eChef Club for just $349 (normally $588). See what’s included here and how it can help you grow your culinary business.
Cheers to an amazing new year!!