Raising Money for Gun & Hoses
Autographed footballs ready for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Even though the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl fell victim to some bad weather, SERVPRO® still works to support our first responders. Guns and Hoses is an organization in North Texas that is dedicated to helping the families of fallen first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook wants to help them in their mission, so while we were at the game, we raffled off 2 signed footballs to raise money for this incredible organization. Both Boston College and Boise State fans were eager to support the cause and enter to win a keepsake from their favorite team. In the end, we raised over $500 to help Guns and Hoses on their mission. Thank you so much to everyone who bought a raffle ticket to donate to this amazing cause.
Commercial Large Loss Response
Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team. All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO® of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.595.0004 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.
Keeping New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Resolutions are a time honored tradition - we take the opportunity of the change in the calendar to change our habits. Whether or not our good intentions turn into real change is often decided in the moment the resolution is made, not in the first weeks of the new year. To ensure the best chance of keeping your New Year's resolution, take some advice from goal-setting research.
The wisdom below didn't originate here in our office, but, it is something we try to follow each time we set new goals at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook. The essence of the ideas about to be covered have been repeated many times, in many formats - you're likely to encounter them in any article or training session related to goal setting. Why is that? Because they work, at least that has been our experience...
For the purpose of this article, we're using a weight loss goal - modify the lessons as needed to match your individual goals.
You want New Year's resolutions to be SMART:
Specific: Be clear with want you want to happen/achieve. Avoid vagueness. Too much detail is better than too much. Say, "I want to lose 12 pounds total and 3 inches from my waistline" versus "I want to lose weight and look better in clothes".
Measureable: Your resolution should be tracked and your progress measured. Losing weight lends itself easily to this, but, for other types of resolutions, you might need to get more creative on how you measure it. For example, if your New Year's resolution is to spend more quality time with your family (you can be more specific, cant you?), then maybe you will check your social media posts weekly to ensure your posts highlight the time you are spending with your family. Or, maybe you'll make a weekly photo journal of you and your loved ones enjoying each other's time. Whatever your goal, devise a way to measure it and then keep track.
Achievable: Make goals/resolutions that you can meet/keep. Incremental improvement is much easier than making an enormous leap. Setting an unobtainable goal leads to frustration and, likely, abandoning the endeavor. Rather, be realistic with yourself and set your target within reach. If you reach the goal too easily, you can set another, more challenging goal upon reaching the first (just be sure to keep them SMART). So, opt for, "I'm going to lose 15 pounds" versus "I'm going to fit into on my old Army uniform".
Relevant: Resolutions which don't make it into February are usually resolutions made without the proper relevancy. To undergo the changes necessary to keep meaningful resolutions, the desired change has to be relevant to your individual view of your improved life. If you are setting a change goal, the reasons for your change have to be clear to you and you have to have buy in from yourself. Structure your goals around the proper reasons, and you'll find them much easier to reach.
Timed: Put a clock on your resolution/goal, just be sure it is a realistic clock. Much like setting an unobtainable goal can lead to frustration, setting an unrealistic timeline can also lead to failure. However, not having a timeline can be just as dangerous, so, be specific with the timed nature of the resolution. Opt for "I'm going to lose 15 pounds by July 1st" versus "I'm going to lose some weight".
We implement this SMART approach to all of our goal setting at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook. We hope the ideas help you reach your milestones for 2018!