Resolve to find success in 2009

Let’s see… This year I want to lose 15 pounds… This year I am going to get organized… This year…

Don’t you just love New Year’s resolutions? Not me. There is always so
much to do, so much I want to do, I am never sure where to start.
It seems each January 1st we use the New Year as an opportunity to
examine our lives and determine what steps we should take to make them
better. This turns into a list, often a lengthy, overzealous one,
called resolutions. I wholeheartedly support the notion, but know the
reality for many of us is a lack of follow-through and lasting
commitment beyond 30, 60 or 90 days.

Maybe the easy route for me this year is to lower my expectations – not
resolve to change anything. Trust me, that is a very appealing option.
I think what scares me is the word “change.” I deal with so much change
the way it is, personally and professionally, do I want to facilitate
even more? And what about the risks of trying something different?

Do you think about resolutions for your antiques business? You probably
do, but just call them “goals” instead. That’s a good starting point.
We should be looking ahead – but must learn from the past.

2008 was a tough year for a lot of us, whether we are shop owners,
dealers or collectors. What can we learn from it? Was there something
we could have done differently to change the outcome? Do we know people
who had a positive year financially? How did they make that happen? Is
it something we could try, too?

Sometimes the word “change” is intimidating. Maybe we should use the
word “improve” instead. I resolve to improve my business this year …
but may have to make some changes to reach my goals. Do I need to
exhibit at more shows this year? Less shows? Do I need to add an online
component to my business? Or do more with what I have?

A quote that inspires me to action is this: “To get something you never
had, you have to do something you never did.” What do you want to get
in 2009? What are you willing to do to get it?

Antique Trader would like to hear about your New Year’s resolutions for
your antiques businesses and collecting activity in 2009.

Drop me a
letter, an email at, or share your thoughts as a reply here or in our forums at

Let’s make 2009 the year we make our resolutions and actually keep them! Happy New Year!

— Robyn