What’s on Your Mind for 2014?

Lose weight, quit smoking, become debt free, be a better person. These activities must be lots of fun because I know people who work hard to do them every single year!

According to figures I found online roughly half of American’s will make some form of New Year’s resolution this January and, of those, approximately 88% will fail.  I kept looking online and found some tips to help us all make better resolutions for 2014.

  1. Attitude:  Start the process of change with a positive and healthy attitude.  Make as many of the resolutions “I will” commitments, as opposed to “I will not. . .”
  2. Be Specific:  When thinking about your goal, be exact as possible.  People who set specific goals are more likely to succeed.  For example, “I will attend yoga twice per week” instead of “I will exercise.”  Or, “I will save 20 dollars each paycheck,” rather than “I will save money.”
  3. Put it in writing.  Write down exactly what you want to achieve and post it in a place where you will see it every day.  This will help remind you what you are working toward.
  4. Set realistic goals.  When you think about setting goals, make sure they are within your reach.  Be mindful of your finances, schedule, and other personal affairs.  Many people forget to think about these facts and, as a result, set unrealistic goals for themselves.
  5. Develop an action plan.  Create a timeline with steps toward your goal.  Set deadlines for each step and cross them off as you go.  Sometimes, just crossing things off and watching your list get smaller can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you keep going.
  6. Believe in yourself.  Stay positive about your progress.  Share your goal with a friend or family member and ask them to keep your spirits up.
  7. Be flexible.  Keep in mind that setbacks can happen.  Don’t become discouraged and give up.  Your hard work will pay off!
  8. Reward yourself.  Acknowledge your achievements, even the small ones.  Reaching a goal takes hard work and you should be proud of your efforts.

My challenge to you today is to pick that one personal goal you have been wanting to accomplish for some time now and use this helpful list to make you successful towards that goal.  Good luck!

This will be my last post until after Christmas so I would like to wish all of our team members a very Merry Christmas. — Luke

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  Norman Vincent Peale

 

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Final Days

All of our businesses have either four or five working days left before Christmas.  These remaining days have the potential to be the busiest and most productive of the year!  We should have the opportunity to serve some customers for the first time during this busy period.  This is a great opportunity for us to display exceptional customer service that goes above and beyond expectations.  Good luck to everyone during these busy days!

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless.
Mother Teresa

Know what your customers want most and what your company does best. Focus on where those two meet.
Kevin Stirtz

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.
Walt Disney

Have a great day…..Louis

 

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Better one day too soon than a minute too late

At our company Christmas party, Gladys from the Kosciusko store asked me multiple times if I had seen Jon Jon.  I finally asked her why she needed to find Jon Jon…..her response made me smile and I wanted to share with all of you.  She said that the internet and telephone had been down at her store all Friday afternoon.  She did not want her Friday report to be late so she wrote all the information down and brought it to the Christmas party to give to Jon Jon.  If we could all care so much about doing our job both timely and accurately, how much better could we be as a company?  A thought for the day…….. – Happy Hump Day Everyone!

 

Rachel

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Le Bonheur Trip

This past Saturday we made our annual Christmas visit to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. As always, it was a very humbling and gratifying experience. Thank you to Laken, Chelsea, Anglea, Dorrice, Dena and her daughter for making the trip! Have a great day!  Meredith

Angela and Chelsea
Angela and Chelsea

Le Bonheur Dec. 2014

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A Few Quotes For Friday

 

 

I hope everyone has had a busy and successful week thus far.  Preparations have been underway all week to for the Auto Auction this weekend.  We also have a group going to visit our floor at Le Bonheur.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Hide not your talents, they for use were made.  What’s a sundial in the shade?Ben Franklin

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.Lord Chesterfield

This one makes a net; This one stands and wishes. Would you like to bet which one gets the fishes.- Chinese Rhyme

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I don’t know.Mark Twain

 

Have a great day…..Louis

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Congrats Justin!

At Simple Pawn and Jewelry we are having weekly contests for the month of December where one team member has the opportunity to win an extra $20.00 billJustin20.  The competition takes under consideration all of the most important aspects of the pawn business- lending, collecting, sales and purchases to name a few.  By adding these figures along with a couple of others we come up with our “productivity”.  For our first week of the competition Justin came out on top and was presented his $20.00 by Louis.  Congratulations Justin and good luck to the entire Simple Pawn team with the rest of the Christmas Season! — Luke

“Productivity is never an accident.  It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.”  Paul Meyer

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LeBonheur Trip

We will be making our annual Christmas visit to LeBonheur this coming Saturday. We are leaving from New Albany at 8:30 that morning. If you are interested in going please let Meredith know by Thursday afternoon.  This is a picture of just a few of the items we have bought for the children.

Have a great day!

Kim

LeBonheur

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Workplace Stress and Your Employee Assistance Program

While many people enjoy their job, most experience stress at some point during their working hours.  Stressful situations in the workplace can impact an employee’s performance, as well as, his or her physical and emotional well-being.  Fortunately, there are ways to cope with workplace stress.  Next time you are feeling “stressed out” on the job, try the following suggestions:

  •  Plan and Prioritize.  Do not panic, set realistic deadlines, don’t rush into the first idea you have and always have an alternate plan.
  • Focus on what you can control.  Create a list to prioritize your work; break larger tasks into smaller, more doable steps.
  • Slow down.  Think things through before you act and begin each task with a result in mind.
  • Take a break.  Walking away from a task for a few minutes or discussing your situation with another person may help you gain a fresh perspective.
  • Think outside the box.  Search for alternatives that save time and money, approach situations from a new angle or ask a colleague for input if you are feeling stuck.
  • Use all your resources.  Seek the help of co-workers, advice from your supervisor or investigate external resources for solving a problem or handling a situation.
  • Keep in contact.  Consistently communicate with co-workers, supervisors and customers.  Their priorities and deadlines could change (and so can yours), so proper communication will ensure that everyone is on the same page.

If you feel you are unable to manage your stress on your own, you may consider utilizing the Employee Assistance Program offered through The Guardian.  All employees of Montgomery Enterprises, Inc. are eligible to receive counseling by professional counselors for such issues as workplace stress, conflict resolution or other personal matters you may be coping with at home.  All information discussed during your session(s) will remain confidential.  Information on the EAP program was provided to all employees in their insurance open enrollment packets in November.  You may also contact me with any questions or for additional information.

~Kandi

Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle.  ~Bill Phillips

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

~William James

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Drumroll Please………..

To celebrate an outstanding  year and an equally outstanding boss, a contribution is being made to the First Foundation in Luke’s name.  Luke, this is just a small token of appreciation for all that you do.  On behalf of all the employees at Montgomery Enterprises, I would like to say thank you for your inspiration and encouragement.  Every successful team has someone terrific like you leading from the front.  Merry Christmas and we are all looking forward to a fabulous 2014!

Rachel

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Tomorrow Night

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas party tomorrow night.  Meredith has put lots of work into planning this years Christmas party to make it the most entertaining and fun party to date.  It will be a great opportunity to socialize with friends and get to know co-workers whom you don’t already know and celebrate the successes of 2013.

See you tomorrow night,

 

Louis

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