UPDATE: New Year's Kickstart Challenge 2013 deadlines are up! Champs to be announced soon!
UPDATE (Mon Jan 29): At noon today (Jan 28) it's pens down for all Jan 28th deadline submissions. Email your entry, a link to your entry, or details about your entry to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE (Mon Jan 21): At noon today (Jan 21) it's pens down - you're done for our Jan 21st deadline submissions. Email your entry, a link to your entry, or details about your entry to me at email@example.com. Did I finish on time?! Check it out here
UPDATE (Sat Jan 19): Over a dozen submissions have been sent in. Way to go, guys and gals!
UPDATE: There are still many people who would love to join this Challenge but are just now hearing about it! Therefore, I've made an update to offer 2 deadlines, 2 champs, and 2 prizes! Read the "Do it with me!" section below to see the changes...
I'm the only person I know who has ever kept a New Year's Resolution. That's because a while ago I made a resolution to never again make a New Year's Resolution.
(Read last year's New Year's Kickstart Challenge post)
Instead of a resolution, each year I commit to a New Year's Kickstart!
And I want you to join me!
Here's the idea You start your year off with a big success by completing a relatively quick turnaround project that you've been putting off. It could be a website, blog, newsletter, new mini-business, or a presentation or webinar you've been wanting to complete.
It's Your Spark Plug Whatever your project, your New Year's Kickstart should be the spark that ignites your bigger picture strategy for the year.
Difficulty: Hard For your project, it's best to choose something that will push you. Get out of your comfort zone! But avoid a challenge that's too grandiose. I don't want your Kickstart to end in a New Year's Frustration.
Done in 2 Weeks It should be something you can knock out quickly. One of the reasons New Year's Resolutions fail is that the commitment, like losing weight, takes too long to yield results. (If you haven't noticed, we're kind of an instant-gratification world now.)
I like the 2 week mark. It's enough time to get most projects finished. It's short enough to maintain focus. And it means you begin your year with an achievement to fuel you.
Last Year My New Year's Kickstart project in 2012 was to launch my personal website and develop my own personal logo. I did it! Check it out at andyhorner.com. It gave me a huge slingshot effect for the entire year. I received compliments and a number of subscribers.
Ugh! However, about the middle part of the year, I stopped updating it because other projects took my time. I hate that I haven't kept it up and I've lost momentum, readers, and activity as a result.
This Year This year, I want to relaunch andyhorner.com, with a renewed focus on content and value I want to personally offer to my readers and followers. However, that WILL NOT be my New Year's Kickstart project.
2 Reasons Why 1. Because my strategy for this year is to offer more value and services to Ace of Sales customers first. (Not my personal followers first.) 2. Because I always want my New Year's Kickstart to be something new and challenging for me. (More of a personal thing, than a recommendation.)
My 2013 New Year's Kickstart Project! This year, my Kickstart project is to build a simple video studio that I can use to create more engaging content for Ace of Sales customers. Nothing too fancy or extravagant. I want to use tools and techniques anyone else can copy. However, I want the video quality to be professional - that's key!
That's it. I have 2 weeks.
I'll document my progress for you as I go.
I'm challenged. Are you?
Do it with me! Last year, I challenged YOU to join my little movement to trade your Resolution for a Kickstart with my first ever "New Year's Kickstart Challenge!" We had a winner and a prize!
So here you go! My 2nd annual New Year's Kickstart Challenge begins NOW!
I'll pick 2 Champs!
Champ 1, Prize 1 - Finish by Monday, January 21st: Complete your Kickstart project and email me the details by 12PM EST (noon) on January 21st. I'll choose one Champ to receive a free year of Ace of Sales, a complete signed set of Jeffrey Gitomer's books, AND a 90 day pass to Jeffrey's and my "Sales Success Webinar Series." My Kickstart Project - my Simple Video Studio - will be done by the 21st - track it here.
Champ 2, Prize 2 - Finish by Monday, January 28th: Complete your Kickstart project and email me the details by 12PM EST (noon) on January 28th. I'll choose one Champ to receive a free year of Ace of Sales and a complete signed set of Jeffrey Gitomer's books. (If you originally committed to the 21st but have been procrastinating, here's your reprieve!)
The criteria: How will I pick the Champs? Your project has to be business related. The winner will be chosen by me on purely subjective terms. In other words, which ever one makes me smile the widest. (Both Champs will be acknowledged here on the Ace of Sales blog by name AND their projects will be highlighted!)
Who can enter: Anyone! (Not just Ace of Sales customers.)
How to enter: First, commit to The Challenge in the comments below by stating your New Year's Kickstart project.
Then, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12PM EST (noon) on January 21, 2013 to be crowned Champ 1 or by 12 PM EST (noon) on January 28th, 2013 to be crowned Champ 2.
Your email must include an attachment or link to show me your completed project or a detailed description of it. In your email, tell me all about why you chose the project, your strategy behind it, and what you hope it will do for you. (I love the juicy details.)
I'll be announcing the completion of my New Year's Kickstart Project and both Champs the afternoon of January 28th.
Who will be The Champs of my 2nd Annual New Year's Kickstart Challenge!
I'm pulling for YOU!
Follow me on Twitter @andyhorner to keep track of my progress and ideas for you.
Don't forget to add your project description below. It's your commitment to yourself to get it done...