Maybe you committed to a list of goals for 2014 and you have a mountain to climb in front of you. Maybe you didn’t quite knock out your 2013 goals and you have a nagging voice in the back of your head. Perhaps you didn’t set a resolution for 2014 and you’re just looking forward to what the New Year brings.

Regardless of where you are in your goal setting (or non-goal setting) one important thing can get you started on a right path in 2014.

Positive thinking.

The #1 Change Association Leaders Can Make Right Now

Before you can make any changes or even enjoy what’s coming, you need to have a right mindset. Here are some ways to get your head in the positive direction.

1)   Start with you

Make a list of what your strengths are and truly acknowledge your capabilities. Brag on yourself for a little bit: what do you bring to your association? Why are you valuable? What makes you unique?

2)   Truly analyze the benefits of your association

From a marketing standpoint, you probably spend a lot of time touting all the positive things your association can bring to the professional and sometimes even personal lives of potential members. Now, instead of that semi-rehearsed speech, really think about it the growth and change that happened in 2013. Can you identify any people who have been specifically helped? Are there any connections that have flourished or relationships that have become partnerships? Not only will an honest assessment of these positive points cheer you up and add validity to your usual elevator speech, it’ll shed some light on areas you can focus on this year.


3)   Be inspired and share that inspiration

Is there anything specific that put you on a goal-focused path this year? They could be articles, YouTube videos, speeches, books… really anything that planted a seed in your mind to make a positive change somehow. Share it! Lightning can strike twice, and your association’s best resource is your people. That includes you! Excellent places to share that stuff include meetings, social media, your AMS and newsletter.


It’s easy to be overwhelmed in the New Year. You have literally a whole year of stuff to do. Even though it won’t necessarily get any of those items checked off your list right now, starting with a positive mindset is a great way to start 2014 on the right foot.


Happiness comes with sanity, as well. If you need some help organizing your membership lists, handling event registration, and facilitating connections with your members this year, an AMS could be the solution to your problems! More questions about AMS solutions? Click the button below!