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Stories Sell: Whiskey Maturing and Aging

Stories Sell: Whiskey Maturing and Aging

Glass of whiskey neat against black background

The whiskey emoji in real life.

When it comes to tempting a guest out of their comfort zone or introducing someone to a new spirit, telling a compelling story is key.

Now, when we’re talking about whiskey, there are several directions the relevant stories can take.

We can focus on a distillery’s heritage and legacy. There are the histories of master distillers and master blenders. And there are innovations that pertain to maturing and aging.

Look, it’s been a heavy week. The National Day of Action to Save Restaurants took place on Tuesday. Half of this week’s KRG Hospitality were focused on that crucial campaign.

So, I think we need to end this week with something fun. Remember, when your guests are having fun at your venue, they’re more apt to order that second or third drink. Of course, a fun experience also encourages first-time guests to convert to loyal, repeat guests.

You know what’s fun? Checking out how distillers are innovating and crafting special releases. Many limited-run expressions leverage attention-grabbing maturing and aging techniques to stand out.

Below are a few unique expressions. Sometimes, short and snappy is the best sales approach. Quickly sharing how a particular bottle was matured or aged can sell a dram quickly and effectively.

Jefferson’s Ocean

This bottle, a “very small batch” blend of straight bourbon whiskeys, goes on journey before arriving in your guest’s glass.

How great a journey? According to Jefferson’s Bourbon, Jefferson’s Ocean barrels travel on the deck of a ship 25 ports across five continents. During this aging process, the barrels also cross the equator twice.

The result is a unique bourbon with hints of salted caramel popcorn, tropical fruit, and brine. In short, the salt air of the sea is captured in each barrel that takes this impressive trip.

Starward Two-Fold, Nova, and Solera

David Vitale, the founder of Starward Whisky, is the guest on episode 63 of the Bar Hacks podcast.

During his episode, Vitale explains that Starward matures in Australian wine barrels. And to make sure the Australian distillery gets the most out of these barrels, Starward sources them from wineries that are within a day’s drive.

Vitale calls Two-Fold the “Swiss Army knife of whiskies.” Working well neat, on the rocks, in cocktails (like a Two-Fold & Tonic, says Vitale), and with food. Nova, also matures in barrels once filled with Australian red wine. The result is a whisky that Vitale says makes the world’s best Manhattan.

For Solera, Starward takes a slightly different approach. The distillery utilizes the Spanish Solera method for this expression, as the name implies. However, to really deliver a dram that embodies its home, Solera is matured in former Apera barrels. Apera, an Australian fortified wine, is similar to sherry.

Starward Ginger Beer Cask

If ocean aging and wine barrel maturation doesn’t grab your attention, this bottle may at least get an eyebrow raise out of your and your guests.

Now, before I proceed, this is a highly allocated Starward expression. During his podcast interview, Vitale told me even he, the founder, only gets one of these bottles when they come up for release.

The 2022 Starward Ginger Beer Cask is the seventh bottling of this experimental expression. To craft this rare spirit, Starward brews alcoholic ginger beer (Vitale comes from the craft beer brewing world in Australia) and finishes their single malt whisky in those ex-ginger beer casks.

Expect strong, spicy, warm notes of ginger, along with candied citrus, dark chocolate, vanilla, and pineapple.

American Highway Bourbon

When country music superstar Brad Paisley went on tour in 2019, he brought along something unique. That special something? A world first: 90 barrels of whiskey inside a 53-foot trailer.

That “rolling rickhouse” traveled coast to coast across 25 states. The 90 barrels toured and aged with Brad Paisley for more than 7,300 miles.

When the tour concluded, the trailered whiskey was blended with three Kentucky bourbons to create Batch One: one three year, one 13 year, and one 15 year. American Highway Reserve, in collaboration with Bardstown Bourbon Company, was born.

Batch Two is coming in 2022. For this expression, the rolling rickhouse followed Paisley’s 2021 tour.

Each of the bottles above tell a unique, tempting story. Better yet, these stories can be told to guests quickly. Upselling is an art, and these bottles make it easier.

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SevenRooms Kicks Off 2022 with Growth

SevenRooms Kicks Off 2022 with Growth

by David Klemt

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SevenRooms continues their growth by kicking off 2022 with the announcement of a new, crucial addition to the team.

Today, the hospitality technology company announces the hiring of Brent-Stig Kraus. Formerly the senior vice president of sales for ChowNow, Kraus will take on the role of chief revenue officer at SevenRooms.

As CRO, Kraus will play a crucial role in further accelerating SevenRooms’ impressive global growth. The company’s new CRO will accomplish this goal by identifying and pursuing partnership opportunities, targeting high-growth sales, and scaling sales globally.

Steady Growth

In March of last year, SevenRooms brought on Pamela Martinez as the company’s chief financial officer.

By September of 2021, the platform announced a multi-year partnership with TheFork. In particular, this was major news for operators throughout Europe and Australia. Additionally, this partnership illustrates how SevenRooms is pursuing long-term global growth.

A month later, in October of last year, the company entered into a partnership with Olo. In doing so, SevenRooms ensures clients who also use Olo can capture their off-premise customers’ information. That data then creates profiles for those customers automatically, meaning operators can learn more about and effectively market to customers who engage with them via online orders.

In December of 2021, SevenRooms and ThinkFoodGroup—the hospitality company behind Chef José Andrés’ portfolio of restaurants—announced their partnership. Interestingly, this partnership sees ThinkFoodGroup joining SevenRooms in an advisory role.

And it’s not just filling crucial C-suite roles and entering into partnerships that benefit operators and the industry that are examples of SevenRooms’ rapid growth.

Along with hiring Martinez as CFO, the platform launched Direct Delivery in March 2021. This online ordering solution helped operators eliminate third-party fees; retain control of guest data; and fulfill guest desire to order from restaurants directly and seamlessly.

Finally, the company ended 2021 by sharing their 2022 trend predictions.

Why this Matters

Tech innovations are crucial to the long-term future of the hospitality industry. Restaurateurs, bar owners, and hoteliers, were once wary of adopting new tech.

Now, they’re investing more to streamline operations; automate reservations, online ordering, and marketing campaigns; and improving customer and staff relationships.

However, without growth a platform eventually becomes outdated. When that happens, the investment made by an operator to include it in their tech stack becomes a burden and liability.

As SevenRooms continues their growth, they prove worthy of an operator’s support and investment. We continue to support SevenRooms—without receiving any compensation for doing so—in large part because of the platform’s growth.

In addition to their available tools, we’re always eager to see what they’ll release next to make life simpler for operators.

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US Operators, Take Action Today

US Operators, Take Action Today

by David Klemt

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Today is the day to let Congress know the clock has run out on our patience for them act on replenishing the RRF.

In all honesty, the industry’s tolerance for governmental inaction on the RRF ran out last year. Right around the time, I’d say, the RRF application portal closed, leaving almost 200,000 applicants without crucial grants. As a reminder, the portal closed after just 21 days of launching.

Today is the National Day of Action to Save Restaurants. The Independent Restaurant Coalition is leading the charge for this campaign.

To participate, follow the IRC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, click here to sign up for their emails. Spread the word and encourage staff, guests, your family members, and friends to take part as well.

Below you’ll find more details for taking action to #SaveRestaurants and #SaveBars today and moving forward.

Industry Advocacy

The IRC has been fighting and advocating for the industry since the start of the pandemic. Today, they’re asking owners, operators, workers in all segments of the industry, communities, and guests to throw their support behind this crucial fight.

So, today is the day to inundate your representatives with phone calls. Dial this number to reach the Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121. The IRC provides state-specific fact sheets, which can be found here.

For an example of what you’ll find on a state’s fact sheet, here are some details for Nevada:

  • The leisure and hospitality industry accounts for 87.6 percent of all jobs lost in the state.
  • In Nevada, the industry is worth $9.9 billion, with 5,980 restaurants and bars throughout the state.

Those are just two pertinent facts about the industry in Nevada.

Along with phone calls, people should contact their representatives via email. Follow this link to email Congress and tell them to replenish the RRF.

Send a Message

Of course, social media will also play an important part in today’s campaign. Flooding Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other channels with #SaveRestaurants, #SaveBars, and #ReplenishRRF should get Congress’ attention in a very public, very newsworthy way.

Click here to access the IRC’s social media and website toolkit.

It’s time to let Congress know we’re doing waiting for action. We’re done with the lip service, platitudes, and empty words of support. And we’re done with the broken promises, disarray, and inaction.

Personally, I plan on once again letting my state representatives know that I’m watching. Those who don’t do their jobs and help replenish the RRF won’t be receiving my vote. I can’t support those who won’t support us. Whether you want to send that message is up to you.

Today, however, make your voice heard and send at least this message: We demand Congress acts now.

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January 18 is National Day of Action

January 18 is National Day of Action to Save Restaurants

by David Klemt

Full restaurant dining room at gastrolounge Rusted Crow in Detroit, Michigan

Tomorrow, January 18, the Independent Restaurant Coalition is spearheading the National Day of Action to Save Restaurants.

The IRC is asking all hospitality professionals, vendors, guests and communities to participate.

In short, the time for asking nicely is over. On Tuesday, we must all demand that Congress actually put action to their professed support of the hospitality industry.

On Tuesday, the IRC will send out an email detailing how everyone can push for action on replenishing the RRF. So, click here to sign up for email updates from the coalition.

People can also follow them on Instagram for National Day of Action to Save Restaurants details.

A Dire Situation

According to an email sent out by the IRC (again, you should sign up), a significant number of restaurants and bars find themselves in dire situations.

Per IRC survey results:

  • more than one in four restaurants (28 percent) that didn’t receive RRF grants are facing eviction;
  • almost 50 percent are facing bankruptcy; and
  • close to 60 percent of restaurants are reporting sales drops of more than 50 percent during the surge in Omicron infections.

For context, let’s review how RRF grants helped some recipients survive:

  • Ten percent are facing eviction.
  • Twenty percent are facing bankruptcy.

Is an RRF grant a silver bullet? No, but it’s certainly valuable ammunition in the fight for the survival of independent restaurants and operators, and therefore the industry itself.

Time is Up

Actually, time ran out months ago. Congress has allowed months to go by without taking any meaningful action.

In fact, one US Senator, Rand Paul (R-KY), blocked a vote to provide the industry with $43 billion in emergency funding. The senator killed the unanimous consent motion back in August of 2021.

As a refresher, the RRF grant application portal was closed last year on May 24. A bipartisan group introduced the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act of 2021 in June.

And like I mentioned, emergency funding was smacked off the table just two months later.

In November, Build Back Better was passed. Of course, it didn’t include the RRF Replenishment Act. So, apparently building America back better doesn’t include restaurants, bars, lounges, etc.

It’s clear that America’s politicians and lawmakers are content to not accomplish much. “Owning” one’s opponents via social media and sound bites is apparently much more important.

Sniping at one another, not doing the jobs they were elected to do, is the order of the day. Meanwhile, independent owners and operators are being left out in the cold and crushed under the weight of a web of inconsistent Covid-19-related mandates and guidelines. Their staff members are expected to act as the Covid police, risking their health and safety.

I could go on but we all know what’s happening: The people elected to represent the people are abusing the privilege by ignoring us.

The time for asking nicely for Congress to take action is over. It’s time to demand action.

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Top 2021 KRG Hospitality Articles

Top 2021 KRG Hospitality Articles

by David Klemt

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We’ve gathered the top KRG Hospitality articles from 2021 and separated them into five distinct categories: Food, Beverage, Operations, Marketing & Promotions, and Industry News

Food

Delivery and Takeout Food Trends for 2021: Canada

It should come as no surprise that interest in what food items Canadian consumers wanted to order for delivery and takeout skyrocketed last year. (link)

Delivery and Takeout Food Trends for 2021: United States

Obviously, owners, operators and management wanted to stay current on consumer food trends in the USA as well. (link)

Have a Slice of Nostalgia: The Return of Viennetta

Never underestimate the marketing, promotions, and profitability power of nostalgia. This is particularly true when people are seeking comfort. (link)

Beverage

Uncorked: 2021 Wine Trends to Watch

Understanding what wines are trending is an effective way to boost profits and overcome wine intimidation. (link)

Fever-Tree Cola: Set Aside Your Soda Gun

Outright eliminating soda guns may be a long shot. However, cocktails crafted using bottled craft ingredients can justify premium prices. (link)

These are the Drinking Trends to Watch in 2021

We may not have a crystal ball but we have the next best thing: Data. (link)

Operations

Container Kitchens: The New Footprint

Several industry experts and intelligence agencies predict smaller restaurant footprints moving forward. Container kitchens are certainly a viable method to shrink venue sizes. (link)

The Reality of Hiring Right Now

It really doesn’t need to be said but I’ll do it anyway: The labor shortage and “Great Resignation” are real. (link)

The 5 Ds of Bystander Intervention

Sure, great food and beverage are crucial to luring people in, wowing them, and converting them to repeat guests. However, so is the experience. A key element of a positive memorable experience is ensuring guests feel safe. (link)

SevenRooms Reveals Third Party Delivery Impact

The high-tech reservation platform shows what many suspected to be true: Direct delivery is better for operators than third-party delivery. (link)

Marketing & Promotions

How SevenRooms Improves Operations

Not only does SevenRooms make handling reservations easier, it also makes setting up marketing campaigns simple and effective. (link)

This Generation is Most Likely to Dine In

If you want to know who to market in-person dining to, here’s your answer. (link)

0.0 to 0.5 Beers to Know for Dry January and Beyond

Dry January (along with Damp January) is here to stay. This is a sampling of alcohol-free and low-ABV craft beers to offer Dry and Damp January guests. (link)

Industry News

I Tried the Mask Made for & by Hospitality

None of us enjoy wearing face masks. This mask is comfortable to wear and amplifies the wearer’s voice. (link)

What’s the RRF Replenishment Act?

Well, here’s one take on an answer to this question: It’s the bill to replenish the RRF that has made zero progress since June of 2021. (link)

Build Back Better…Without Restaurants or Bars?

The BBB Act was passed in November. Of course, it didn’t include the Replenish RRF or ENTREE acts. It’s much easier for politicians and lawmakers to say they care about and support our industry than actually prove it. (link)

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Moderation Movement: Damp January

Moderation Movement: Damp January

by David Klemt

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Move over, Dry January, there’s yet another alternative to “traditional” alcohol consumption at the start of a new year.

As we know, Dry January consists of abstaining from drinking any alcohol for 31 days. Also known by the awkward name Dryuary, this annual practice continues to gain popularity.

However, not everyone is comfortable with this all-or-nothing approach. Instead, there are those who want to try Damp January.

What is It?

You’re likely already guessing how Damp January works. Rather than abstinence, participants practice moderation.

Generally speaking, that’s it—it isn’t a complex concept. However, there are many approaches to Damp January.

Some people set hard limits for themselves. For example, a wine drinker may resolve to only consume three glasses of wine per week. A beer drinker may choose to only have two beers from Monday through Friday.

Another approach is to determine how many full alcohol drinks one consumes on a weekend. Then, they decide to reduce that consumption by 50 or 75 percent.

However one chooses to participate in Damp January, the goal is reduction and moderation.

Is this a Fad?

In a word, no. Whatever label is put on it—moderation, sober curious, reduction—many consumers are looking to drink less alcohol.

Dry January was once seen as a fad. Instead, it’s safe to say it’s much closer to being mainstream.

Of course, time will tell if Damp January will earn as much buy-in as its abstinence-focused counterpart.

However, it’s easy to see how Damp January may become long-term behavior for some consumers.

What Does this Mean for Operators?

There are those who simply want to be more mindful of their alcohol consumption. Their goal isn’t to stop drinking alcohol, it’s to make lifestyle changes and reduce their drinking.

Sift through social media, forum and blog posts, and articles on the subject, and you’ll come across interesting motivations for moderation. In many cases, people point to alcohol playing a role in their social lives.

Of course, that means drinking with friends, coworkers, and family members at restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. They simply want to consume less alcohol per visit.

This doesn’t have to present as a threat to operators. The increasing popularity of alcohol-free beers, zero-proof spirits, and low-ABV options can prove profitable for a restaurant or bar’s bottom line.

Guests who making the decision to not consume alcohol or seek out low-proof options still want to socialize. They still want to visit bars and restaurants. More importantly, they want to feel comfortable in their choice.

So, it’s up to operators to ensure Damp and Dry January guests don’t feel alienated or mocked for reducing or abstaining from drinking. Providing low- and zero-proof drinks—and highlighting them on menus—shows these guests they’re welcome and supported.

Additionally, it’s crucial that these guests receive the same level of service and presentation as other people at your bar or restaurant. A little thought to make sure they’re treated the same will go a long way.

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Top 10 Bar Hacks Bonus Episodes: Goals

Top 10 Bar Hacks Bonus Episodes for Setting and Achieving Goals

by David Klemt

We’ve rounded up the ten best bonus episodes of Bar Hacks that feature KRG Hospitality president Doug Radkey offering goal-setting guidance.

Obviously, we all want to succeed. However, it’s not always obvious where we should start. This has been proven all the more true the past two years.

Doug has a way of cutting a path through the overwhelming noise and distractions operators face each day. The Bar Hacks bonus episodes below can help listeners take a deep breath, reset, and take the necessary steps to identify, measure, and achieve their 2022 goals.

Bonus #1: Strategic Clarity

Doug explains strategic clarity as the understanding of who we are, what we’re working toward, and how we’re going to get where we want to go. Click here to listen.

Bonus #3: Simplification

In this episode, Doug asks listeners a simple question: “Is your vision for your restaurant or bar’s systems complex or simplified?”

Bonus #4: Acceptance

We can’t really make achievable goals if we don’t understand the current situation we’re facing. In this bonus episode, Doug explains why it’s important to be able to accept change and differences.

Bonus #6: Decision Making

We make thousands of decisions every day, from the simple to the complex and everything in between. Doug shares his insights into clearly and confidently making decisions for your business. Click here to learn more.

Bonus #7: Innovative Leadership

What is innovative leadership? It’s confidence in your abilities and your team, knowing when to get out of the way, and the culmination of a few other key concepts. To listen, click here.

Bonus #9: Flexibility

For this bonus episode, Doug explains why success in this era of hospitality requires owning the entire guest journey, frictionless omni-channel experiences, and other elements of a flexible approach to business.

Bonus #12: Self Care

Doug shares his thoughts on one of the most crucial elements of operating a business in the hospitality industry. Hint: He’s not talking about menus, marketing or making money in this episode.

Bonus #13: Confidence

Do you think you have a growth-based mindset or a fixed mindset? Doug discusses confidence and the impact it has on your ability to lead effectively in Bar Hacks Bonus #13.

Bonus #14: Self Learning

Knowing that you don’t know it all opens up your world and makes you a better leader. Doug explains how seeking out knowledge, experiences and opportunities to learn makes you a better operator, keeps you sharp, helps you better relate to and mentor others, and improves your business in every way. Listen now!

Bonus #17: The Seven Cs

Doug explains each of the Seven Cs and how they’ll help you build a winning team. Without the right people on staff, you don’t have much of a chance to achieve your goals. Click here to listen to this important episode.

To listen to the first five bonus episodes in this list in one convenient episode, please click here for today’s Bar Hacks podcast episode. Cheers!

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The 2022 KRG Hospitality Start-Up Guide

The 2022 KRG Hospitality Start-Up Guide

by David Klemt

2022 KRG Hospitality Start-Up Cost Guide & Checklist download

The 2022 KRG Hospitality Restaurant Start-Up Cost Guide & Checklist is here!

If you’ve been putting off opening your restaurant concept, wait no longer. With our guide and checklist, you can make the best, informed decisions to open in 2022.

Yes, opening a restaurant seems daunting in 2022. However, industry intelligence firms such as Technomic have predicted measurable recovery this year in comparison to 2021.

Waiting for the time to be “just right” to open a restaurant just isn’t realistic. The longer one waits to make their move, the further ahead established and new operators can get ahead. Your desired location can be snapped up, competitors can build loyal customer bases, and things get more difficult overall.

That said, that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind. We certainly don’t believe rushing into anything is a good idea. If anything, rushing rather than making informed, deliberate decisions is the antithesis of strategic.

So, what’s the desired middle ground between haphazard and hesitancy? Nimble and informed.

Our 2022 Restaurant Start-Up Cost Guide & Checklist provides useful financial information based on real-world scenarios. This will give you a realistic idea of how much start-up capital you’ll need to realize your entrepreneurial dreams this year.

What can you expect in our latest download? Take a look below.

Subsections

This is no three- or four-page quick-hit guide. Rather, the 2022 KRG Hospitality Restaurant Start-Up Cost Guide is 33 pages of real-world tips and data:

  • Start-up costs
  • Renovation costs
  • Scaled costs (four concept scenarios)
  • Restaurant operating guide

Checklist

Due to the tremendous job scope—in addition to the planning, organization, and communication requirements to start a successful restaurant—we highly recommend working with a team of professionals to save time and financial resources.

Below you’ll find a handful of the 500 unique tasks crucial to opening a restaurant.

Planning and Admin

You must:

  • complete feasibility study;
  • develop concept and brand; and
  • complete strategic business plan.

Supporting Cast

You’ll need to secure:

  • an accountant;
  • a real estate agent/broker; and
  • a project manager.

Site Development

The first steps are all crucial to the timeline:

  • Secure property of choice;
  • Sign commercial lease; and
  • Submit drawings.

Operations Development

Examples of the hundreds of tasks you must complete include:

  • a kitchen workflow plan;
  • bar and takeout workflow; and
  • developing a recipe books for the kitchen and bar.

Again, these are just a handful of the 500 unique tasks you’ll complete to start your restaurant.

Download our 2022 Restaurant Start-Up Cost Guide & Checklist to start your journey today.

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How to Achieve Your Goals in 2022

How to Achieve Your Goals in 2022

by Jennifer Radkey

"Wake up, kick ass, repeat" neon sign on wall

The start of a new year for many is symbolic: Fresh year, fresh start.

With the best of intentions, millions of people worldwide create resolutions and set goals for both personal and professional growth and achievement. These goals are created with full enthusiasm and determination and then….the majority of them never come to fruition.

Studies have shown that approximately 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail. So what happens? And how can we push forward to achieve our goals instead of letting them slip away?

The majority of us know how to set clearly defined goals. It is something we learned in school, or have read countless articles about. It seems as if it is human nature to want to improve, to do better and be better.

In the hospitality industry, we ask our team members to set goals weekly, if not daily. Goals typically include improving guest retention, increasing sales, improving guest experience, etc.

But once these goals are set, what systems are in place to help your team achieve them? And are you leading by example?

Goal Setting

There are many techniques to goal setting. George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham developed the very popular SMART goal tool to assist in developing clearly defined, task-oriented goals. They state that goals should be Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-specific (SMART).

Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, discusses envisioning your goals and life desires to attract them to you. But goal achievement is more than just setting a clear goal, or dreaming about what it would be like to achieve that goal. Those are the starting points.

Goal achievement is a process. It can be nitty and gritty and tough. There is typically no easy way. However, there are strategies we can use to help us achieve them, and the result will almost always be worth the extra effort.

Why We Fail

There are countless reasons why goals or resolutions fail, but the reasons mostly fall under two categories: You either lose your willpower or your waypower.

The concepts of willpower and waypower in relation to goal achievement is introduced in Rick Snyder’s Hope Theory, explained is his book The Psychology of Hope: You Can Get There From Here.

Willpower is the desire to achieve your goal; it’s the fire that pushes us to keep going after what we want. Waypower is the map for how we will get to our end goal; it’s the careful plan we have in place to ensure we overcome any obstacles that get in our way.

When we lack willpower our goal seems unachievable, and therefore we give up. When we lack waypower, as badly as we may want to achieve our goal, we are lost with no clear idea of how to get there.

How to Succeed

Finding Your Willpower

If you have lost your willpower, there are several ways to reignite your desire to achieve your goal.

The first is to have constant reminders of your goal. Have it written somewhere where you will have access to it several times a day. Set reminders on your phone, put sticky notes around your office or house, create a vision board representing your goal as your screensaver or on a wall in your home or office.

Remind yourself of why you set the goal in the first place and how it will make your life better.

Many of us lose our willpower when faced with obstacles. Instead of being deflated by obstacles, look at them as challenges to be defeated. Use obstacles as fuel for your fire rather than water to dampen it.

When faced with obstacles it is also helpful to remind yourself of goals that you have achieved in the past and the obstacles you had to overcome to get there. Remembering this time will allow you to acknowledge that you ARE capable and therefore will keep your willpower intact.

Finding your Waypower

Life is busy, and when you are being pulled in many directions at the same time it can be easy to lose your way towards achieving your goals. To ensure that you stay on the path towards goal completion, there are several actions you can take.

Try breaking long-range goals into smaller steps. Start with the first step, and move on to the next, checking off and celebrating each step as you go.

Before you even begin your journey towards goal completion, map out different routes you may need to get there. Knowing these routes beforehand will make it easier to stay focused along the way.

Lastly, know when to ask for helpand be willing to accept it. If you get lost on your way to your goal, perhaps you need some advice from someone who has already achieved that goal.

WOOP

One of my favorite goal achievement strategies is WOOP, created by Gabriele Oettingen. This acronym stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan.

WOOP is a straightforward and effective tool to use when setting goals, and has been practiced by everyone from elementary school students to CEOs of major corporations. Once practiced, WOOP can take less than five minutes of your time while providing great clarity.

The first step is to state your wish or goal clearly. Next, envision the outcome of achieving your goal. Take a couple minutes to really picture what it will look and feel like to achieve your goal.

You are then going to contrast that by thinking of what obstacles might block you from achieving your goal. It is important to note that these obstacles are internal not external.

We rarely have control over external obstacles but do have control over internal ones. What is it about you that will stop you from reaching your goal? Is it low self-esteem, laziness, doubt? Are you distracted easily?

Lastly, you are going to plan what to do when met with an obstacle by using “if/then” phrasing. For example, “If I am feeling lazy and want to have a Netflix marathon instead of working on my goal, then I will get off the couch, do ten jumping jacks, grab a drink of water, and start working on my goal.”

If you are interested in trying out the WOOP tool for goal setting/achievement you can visit www.woopmylife.org.

Own It

Goal setting and resolutions should not be a forced activity you do every new year, or birthday, or every Monday morning to start your week. Goal setting and achievement should be a constant, flowing activity that reaches into all parts of your life.

Through the use of strategies and consistent review, reassessment, and awareness, goals don’t need to be lost or given up on, unless that particular goal no longer serves a purpose to you.

Own your goals and take pride in your achievements. In the end, you will always be your number one advocate for your own growth.

So go get it! Cheers to professional and personal well-being!

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5 Books to Read this Month: January ’22

5 Books to Read this Month: January ’22

by David Klemt

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This month’s fun and informative book selections will help you develop next-level culinary, beverage and leadership skills as we kick off 2022.

To review December 2021’s book recommendations, click here.

Let’s jump in!

Try Dry: The Official Guide to a Month Off Booze

For those who want to learn more about Dry January, Try Dry is an insightful resource. Of course, this book is also informative beyond the first month of the year. As living alcohol-free movement becomes more mainstream, it’s important for operators to understand the movement. Whether permanent or temporary, there are myriad reasons some guests decide against drinking alcohol.

Of Peats and Putts: A Whisky and Golf Tour of Scotland

During the pandemic, interest in golf skyrocketed. In part, this has led to increased interest in golf simulators, driving ranges, and nine-hole rounds of golf rather than full, 18-hole outings. Of Peats and Putts tells the story of golf and whisky in Scotland. A compelling read for operators looking to bring golf into their businesses.

The Way of the Cocktail: Japanese Traditions, Techniques, and Recipes

Not even two months on the market and already causing quite the buzz! The Way of the Cocktail comes from Julia Momosé, one of the minds behind Chicago cocktail destination Kumiko. From classics to new riffs, the recipes in this book are based on 24 micro-seasons.

Bourbon [Boxed Book & Ephemera Set]: The Story of Kentucky Whiskey

Clay Risen is considered an authority on spirits. In particular, he’s lauded as an expert on whiskey. Bourbon lovers will appreciate the Bourbon: The Story of Kentucky Whiskey box set for what it is: a definitive history of America’s native spirit. Along with profiles of Kentucky distillers, Risen has included interviews and photographs to tell the story of bourbon.

Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas

There are many reasons to love amaro. Bitter and bittersweet notes, complex flavor profiles, and their utility when it comes to crafting low-ABV cocktails are among those reasons. Amaro by Brad Thomas Parsons explores the rich history of amaro and includes over 100 recipes.

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