As 2021 comes to a close, many of us are more than happy to turn the page and start with a fresh clean slate. The pandemic, now entering its third calendar year, seems to be as big a factor as it ever was—though vaccinations have certainly eased the number of severe cases. The economy is booming. But so is inflation. Unemployment is at some of the lowest levels ever. But there’s a labor shortage the likes of which we haven’t encountered in decades. Nobody considered how the supply chain disruptions might affect our lives. But an abundance of cars and consumer electronics has vanished.

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There’s a lot going on right now. It feels chaotic, unstable. But that doesn’t mean you can’t center yourself and prepare to embrace the new year with an attitude of optimism for the world of possibilities that await you on Saturday morning. Here’s some advice to help you turn the page…

Got Questions?

Most people, when considering how to let go of the past and embrace the future, are unaware of how to begin. But a simple tactic utilizing questions can help you get things into focus. Try asking yourself the following self-directed questions: Do I want a better work-life balance? Am I satisfied with what I’m earning? Have I met my goal of living a healthier life? Do I want to learn something new? Am I willing to take actionable steps to change my life? Write your answers down and study them.

Be Accountable

The reason most people spin their wheels and fail to make progress is that they refuse to hold themselves accountable. But the reality is that some people actually do achieve their goals. Couples who stick to their financial plans do pay off debt. Some people who need to lose weight do stick to their exercise and diet regimens. The difference is that they hold themselves accountable. They set goals, measure progress, check in regularly, and refuse to give up. Instead of reading and hearing about these success stories, strive to become one of them.

Seek Knowledge

You’ve no doubt heard how nobody reads anymore. And that’s a shame. There are so many books and resources at our disposal. But the main reason we don’t make time to learn new things has to do with our refusal to prioritize it. Be honest with yourself. How much time do you spend on social media each day? If you’ve ever harbored the thought of owning your own business, how will watching hours of funny cat videos help your cause? Franchising your way to business ownership of your own is possible. If you’re unsure how to go about it, seek knowledge. A simple Amazon search for “books franchise ownership” returns 140 results. Or you could just begin with this bestseller, authored by FranNet’s CEO Jania Bailey.

Whether you realize it or not, your future belongs to you. It is possible to embrace it and become the change you may have been thinking about for years. In 2022, we’re asking you to step out of your comfort zone. Learn new things. Live deliberately. Set some goals—and stick to them. That way, you won’t be reading a blog like this a year from now and wondering where the time went.

If business ownership has been on your mind, you can get some free advice from FranNet about franchising your way to a new future. Because our consultants are always no-cost and no-obligation. If you’re interested in becoming your own boss, we can help you begin a personal entrepreneurial journey of your own. Getting started is easier than you think, and you can begin today by making an appointment with one of our qualified FranNet consultants.