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RSS By: Kevin Spafford, Legacy Project

Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.  He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.

Don't Make Another New Year's Resolution

Jan 02, 2014

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Why bother making yet another resolution unless you fulfilled last year's promise to do, change or alter a behavior? Most resolutions are forgotten as quickly as they're made. It takes a ramrod commitment to change behavior, especially if it involves something you don't inherently treat as a vice.

Behaviors are a funny thing. Most people see the actions of another and jump to conclusions regarding what's good and bad. Yet those same people won't stop or change a behavior that may be detrimental to themselves.

So, this year don't say you'll try. Don't say you'll stop. Don't say you'll change. Just do it! And, if you're determined to get something done (i.e., improve your health by eating better, exercising regularly, spending more quality time with your family or engaging in the succession planning process), just do it. Get it done.

You don't have to do it all at once. The greatest journeys start with a single step. The same applies to any other great achievement, and succession planning certainly fits that bill. So schedule the next family meeting. Use meetings in January, February and March to convene with the family and write specific goals for your succession plan.

And then take the next step, and the next one after that. It isn't a resolution that gets the job done. It's commitment and caring—about your family, the farm and the future—that motivate action and encourage you to continue. My best to you in 2014, and please let me know how I can help at Ask Kevin.

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