The One Word that Makes New Years Resolutions STICK!

Updated: Jan 4

Some people scoff at New Years resolutions, because they are so easily broken. But I'm going to be bold and say that New Years resolutions are potentially powerful! At least, they can be, when they're buoyed by a single word.

At the start of 2020, I made a serious New Years resolution to put more effort into my business. Simple as that. Let me tell you why, what came of it, and the conclusions I've drawn from it.

As 2019 was wrapping up, it had been a reasonably good year for me, but several of my older sources of income were coming to an end. After years of remotely voice tracking DJ shows for radio stations, those jobs were over, and I wasn't inclined to whip up more of that kind of work because of the unremitting daily obligation it involves. Losing that work meant a substantial amount of monthly income I wouldn't have anymore. Earlier in 2019, a company I had been doing voiceovers for, for over a decade, was sold in a merger, and they brought in all their own talent. Another big part of my monthly income gone. At the same time, I could see that my other long-term venture, having to do with an invention of mine, was winding down to to technical difficulties. None of these things led to despondency. I've lived long enough to know that a person can always develop new sources of income with some thought and effort. Let me add, for the older among us, that age has nothing to do with it. The "old dog, new tricks" thing is nonsense unless you've allowed your thought, ambition, and flexibility to calcify along with your bones.

So, I moved on that resolution of mine, and allowed it to take several diversified forms, since varied income sources provide more stability. I applied myself even more actively to my work on Fiverr. I got a start on Upwork. I created the Gig Doctor service, with accompanying website and Facebook group. I "officially" started offering voiceover coaching. I created a series of HeadSlapper videos that represent some pretty amazingly effective ways to succeed on Fiverr. I created the Fit Gig blog (which you're reading now). I created the Fiver and Upwork Voiceover Lounge where people of similar mind to myself can congregate and learn from each other. I added a new Facebook page called Fiver Tips, Tricks, and Techniques, and have contributed some money-making/time saving tips there.

Not all of those things are income sources in themselves, but they have all added credibility to what I can offer people, have met their needs in tangible ways, and in turn, have demonstrated my goodwill...which I think encourages people to trust me and to have confidence in what I can offer them as paid services.

I also educated myself, picking up new stuff that would help me in my business.

My simple resolution for 2020 led to learning, brainstorming, and some long hours, especially in the first couple months of the year, but tangible things have come of it: I earned, for the first time, six figures on Fiverr, with total sales (before Fiverr took its cut) of $104,000, and began to grow income from other sources that supplemented that significantly.

As a result, I was able to completely revamp my voiceover studio with a wraparound console like I have wished for for decades. I added homemade acoustic panels to the walls and put down new carpeting. I added a webcam for doing training. I was able to put some money aside for retirement. And as the year ended, I'm enduring the good natured teasing of my Facebook compadres for buying a torturously-expensive Mac production computer, because I needed it for a tax write-off.

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