How to Reboot, Rejuvenate, and Reload For the New Year

New Year
As the holidays pass, we each have a fresh, new calendar in front of us.

Another 365 chances to grab opportunity by the throat and wring every last bit of potential out of it.

That’s exciting to think about, isn’t it?

Recently, I wrote that the holidays are a good time to sit back and do nothing.

A time to just be. To appreciate, relax, and soak in the season. And I really hope you took that advice to heart.

But that advice is only one third of my New Year Formula that will get you ready to take on the year of opportunity that lies in front of you.

Today you get the rest of the story.

How to Tear the New Year a New One

Here’s my three-phase plan for wrapping up the old year and launching full-boar into the next.

1: Reboot & Rejuvenate:
This is what the holidays are about. This time of year, business activity naturally slows down. It’s prime time to spend with family and friends – and therefore is also prime time to let your mind rest. Take a break from the constant push forward.

2: Reflect:
This down time is also a great opportunity to reflect back on how far you’ve come up to this point. At times like these, when you’re not in the middle of the usual grind, it’s good to look back in time and appreciate your journey so far. Assess what’s gone right and wrong – and take some pride in your progress.

3: Reload:
Then, when quiet time is over after the holidays, it’s time to reload! This is where you make your plans, set your goals, assemble the troops, and get fired up for the continuation of your push forward.

Since we’re nearing the end of the holiday reboot and rejuvenate period now, How about you join me in reflecting back on Reboot Authentic’s last year – and then reloading for the challenges that lie ahead?

Let’s do it…

It’s Time to Light the Candles

Not only is it the end of the calendar year, but it’s also the one year anniversary of the launch of Reboot Authentic. In retrospect, I’m thrilled with our first year together.

At the time I launched the site (December 27, 2012), my subscriber count was barely in the double digits, I had no social media following, and no online reputation at all.New Year

Today, I get to guest post for, correspond with, and occasionally hang out with some of my online heroes – people who seemed so far away and so unreachable to me just a year ago.

Awesome people like Mary Jaksch, Danny Iny, Leslie Samuel, Jon Morrow, Jeff Goins – and so many others who have been so great to me and so supportive of this blog.

I’m not throwing those names out there to impress anyone. I really just want to give credit where it’s due and give a shout out to those to whom I am endlessly grateful.

In just one year, Reboot Authentic has become a thriving, growing community – and I have all of you to thank for that. None if this works without you. NONE of it. Thank you.

Why All That “You Can Do It” Talk is True

If you’re one of those who thinks all the content out there that claims, “you too really can build something significant online” is a bunch of crap – I’m happy to be able to tell you you’re wrong.

And don’t take that correction as a beat-down. Be happy you’re wrong about this one – because it means that if you really want to, you can make it happen. It’s happened for me this year.

Reboot Authentic has gone from literal (not relative) obscurity to a well-regarded blog. It’s far from an A-List blog, but it’s gaining traction – and that in itself is a huge win.

I’ve learned from the best, made (mostly) wise choices, and reaped the benefits. Ready for the cool part?

I am absolutely, positively 100% convinced that YOU CAN TOO.

If this year has taught me anything, it’s that if you’re a smart, hard-working person who’s willing to commit, the blogosphere is your oyster. You really can make something significant happen.

Don’t misunderstand, though. It’s not all sunshine, lollipops, and Wild Turkey – as much as I’d like it to be. There’s a difficulty factor, and a dark side to this whole experience, too.

The Reason I Occasionally Feel Like a Failure (and You Might Too)

Even though Reboot Authentic has come a long way in a short time, there are times when I feel like I should have accomplished so much more. I’m sure you’ve felt the same way at times.Measure Against

You know – when you see people who started at the same time accomplish something you haven’t yet. Be it subscriber counts, selling a product, or whatever the benchmark may be… it can be frustrating.

You may be happy for them, but it can still make you feel like you’re behind schedule, or doing it wrong, or just not good enough.

I understand that, but it’s really a false concern. It can be detrimental to your morale and ultimately, your success.

You absolutely need to get an education, take courses, and read up on how to succeed online. But you need to do it with a mindset of learning the right principles while not measuring yourself by someone else’s yardstick.

You’ve read those posts about getting 1,000 subscribers or generating $3,000 a month from your blog in your first year.

And, hey – I’m not saying that stuff doesn’t happen. It most certainly does. I personally know people who have done it. Some of the people I’ve mentioned in this post have done that – and more.

But here’s what you need to remember: The people giving that advice aren’t you.

They may be wildly successful. They may very well have done those things themselves. Their method of getting from here to success is probably spot-on.

But they’re not you. You can’t measure yourself against what they’ve done.

There’s No Deadline For Success

Maybe their schedule allowed them to put in 20 hours a week while building their business. What if you only have 8?

What if they were single in a studio apartment and could live on less? Meanwhile you support an entire family of five with a mortgage and two car payments.

Can you expect the same results in the same amount of time?

One isn’t better or worse than the other – they’re just different.

The important thing is that you learn the right principles, apply them as often as possible…

…and never
E-V-E-R stop trying.

Success doesn’t come with a countdown timer. It’s no less impressive or significant if it takes a bit longer.

It helps to think of your online success as a hike up a big mountain. If you spend most of your time looking up, then all you see is what you haven’t yet accomplished.

The trick is to keep your eyes in front of you – focused on what’s ahead.

Then, when you get tired, exhausted, and discouraged – stop and take a breath. And as you recuperate, don’t look up. Look back.

Look back down to where you started and appreciate how far you’ve come. You’ll be struck with a sense of pride and find yourself motivated to take on the next leg of your climb.

Make Relationships a Top Priority

As you read earlier in this post, I fell in with a good crowd my first year online. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that the odds of Reboot Authentic growing like it has this first year without those relationships would have been slim to none.

Behind every great company or person is a whole cast of characters who have helped them attain success. Very rarely in the history of mankind has anyone achieved significance without strong relationships.

I’m sure you’d like to think that you’re smart enough to become successful all by yourself. Hell, I’d like to believe that about myself, too… but most of the time it just doesn’t work that way.

I recommend that anyone who intends to make a serious run at building something significant online do these two things as aggressively as possible:

1: Become a Joiner
Not a follower. Not a lemming… a joiner. Put yourself in places where other people like you hang out. Join forums, courses, associations, Facebook groups, and clubs.

Get to know people who are doing the things you want to do. And after you join, don’t just loiter around and use up everyone’s oxygen. Participate! Get to know people, ask for help, and offer help.

There’s something powerful about sharing ideas and common interests with others who have similar goals.

2: Build Relationships Behind the Scenes
Take it a step further and get to know people outside of classes, forums, and blogs. That means other bloggers, other online business people, your followers, and your customers.

Just because we all operate online doesn’t mean that the personal touch is dead. It’s as important as ever. Email people and tell them you like what they’re doing… ask your customers to Skype or email them once in a while, and offer to lend a hand (no strings attached) to someone who you can tell needs it.

I recently read an article online that said, “you can’t pull off those personal touches once you get big.” I totally disagree with that.

Granted, it’s much harder when you’re big, but I know relationshipsmany successful companies online and offline who still pull off those personal touches and provide exemplary service.

Danny Iny and his team at Firepole Marketing are an excellent example. They’ve grown at a crazy pace over the last couple of years and still provide one of the very best customer service experiences anywhere.

Why? Because they’ve made it a priority – and they teach how you can do it too in their Audience Business Masterclass.

Melissa and the crew at are the same way. They’re wonderful people who are attentive and available to their clients. People are their priority.

You need friends, cohorts, and mentors. Make relationships – REAL relationships – a priority. Relationships are how you get from where you are now to where you want to be.

Reload and Refocus

I don’t know if you’re happy with where you are right now or not. But I can reasonably predict that you want something more. You want to accomplish something that’s not currently within your reach.

I’ve had amazing year here at Reboot Authentic – and I want your next year to be at least as satisfying for you.

I want to share something with you that one of my online mentors, Mary Jaksch, shared with me. If you don’t know Mary, you should. She’s an amazing person who has had a profound effect on me and this blog this year.

There’s no dramatic ending to this post. No 10 steps to online success. No homework.

Just a request.

Please take 7 minutes of your life right now, go somewhere where you won’t be interrupted, turn up the volume, and let this video motivate you to come out swinging in the new year…

Thank you again for a wonderful year. I appreciate each and every one of you. As the video says…

You Want Something… Go Get It. Period.

Where do you want to be in a year?  What are your plans to get there?  Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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About Gary Korisko

Gary is a battle-tested sales and marketing pro, copywriter, coach, and business strategist who teaches how to create worthwhile work on Reboot Authentic. Connect with Gary on Google+ and Twitter.

18 Replies

  1. Hey Gary, congratulations on your birthday! 🙂 You share wonderful material on this blog, as well as in the online communities; “abundance juice” is something that you know well! Thanks for all you do and share, and best wishes for continued success going forward.

    1. Thank you Deborah. That means a lot coming from someone who’s as active online as you are. I’ve enjoyed our interactions in all those places where our paths have crossed so far. Thanks for being a part of what’s happening here. Should be an interesting 2014!

  2. Write Baby Write

    Happy Birthday, Gary! I have gleaned many positive mantras from you this past year. In fact, I quoted you in my recently published book: Write, Baby, Write. Thank you for the timely sharing. Happy 2014 as well, Shelly Miller

    1. Thank you, Shelly! For the well-wishes and for thinking of me when writing your book. I’d love to see that. Could you share a link?

  3. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I’ve enjoyed reading your insights since I discovered your blog a few months ago, and benefited from the knowledge you share. Here’s to an amazing 2014 for us all!

    1. Thanks very much, Kimberly. I love hearing that you all are getting something out of what we do here. Thank you for being a part if it all!

  4. Happy Birthday, Reboot Authentic! Great post to wind down this year and crank up the next, Gary! Thanks for the video, too. (Although it was a lot of testosterone!)

    1. Thanks, Bobbi.

      Looking forward to big things this next year, for sure. The video did have kind of a male slant to it – but interestingly enough, it was brought to my attention by Mary Jaksch. As a 3rd degree black belt, she’s as tough and competitive as they come. 🙂

  5. Congratulations, Gary! I’ve always been impressed by the quality of the community you have created in such a short time.

    In 2014, me and my lady are focusing on clarity of direction. For me, it is embedding in the local community as both a mentee and mentor to freelancers and entrepreneurs.

    For her, it’s putting on more fancy parties at our house. Coolest New Year’s resolution ever. Even though I know that entails that I do a lot of extra dishes. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Aaron. It certainly has been a fantastic year for us. I’m very fortunate to have so many active members of this community. It’s a fantastic group for sure. Sounds like you (both) have some pretty specific goals to tackle. Go get ’em!

  6. Elizabeth L

    Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year!

    I love the metaphor you use to examine place in the journey to achieve something, build something, create. I’m a hiker – not the power hiker who goes at top speed to reach the top without looking around, though I do respect that drive and energy – but the kind who takes their time and enjoys looking at each passing moment of the journey. I find it all beautiful, inspiring.

    Yet, I have never thought to purposefully apply that kind of thinking to building a business. I tend to fall into the “should’s” trap…I should already have done this or that, be this or that.

    That focus on what’s ahead and joy in the work of the now happens naturally, of course, we we enter those wonderful states of flow, but to consciously focus on what’s around you, what you are currently creating, and in the next few steps ahead, celebrating those and the accomplishments behind us….that’s a powerful reminder, and yes, great motivation to keep up the hard work.

    1. Hi Elizaebth. I’m glad the hiking metaphor clicked for you. While it’s not particularly productive to “live in the past”, it’s useful to be able to take a peek back and appreciate where you’ve been. At least for me, it provides perspective and motivates me to keep moving forward.

  7. Jim Bessey

    Happy anniversary, Reboot!
    I’ve had a front-seat view of your journey, Gary. I still clearly recall the first email I got from you — “hey, Jim, is that you?” In the months since you first reached out to say hello, you’ve never been too busy to help with a question, or too shy to ask one of your own.

    Relationships are everything, whether online or over coffee at Starbucks. I’m not sure how you find time for family, full-time job, friendships, AND running a successful blog as put-together as yours is — but I’m glad you’ve figured it out.
    I always look forward to hearing from you, Gary, in person or via a post like this one. Here’s to your continued success and happiness in this brand New Year. All the best to you, my friend.

    1. Thanks very much, Jim. And yeah – you’ve been here since the very beginning. You were one of those first 10 or so to start following. I think I can still name all 10 of you pioneers 🙂

      Thank you for the support and friendship along the way. Stay tuned. Some fun an interesting things to come this year!

  8. Write Baby Write

    Hi Gary, here is the link for Write, Baby, Write:
    Thank you, Shelly

  9. Dean Brightman

    Another great post, Gary. I know I need to work on those relationships. I’ve had it in my head for a long time to just email people I’m fans of and just introduce myself, tell ’em about the blog, and ask for opinions/advice/whatever. Guess I should do that. I’m sure feedback from those in the industry would be very constructive. We’ll see what the year brings.

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