The New Year is here and like every New Year, there are many out there making New Year’s resolutions. Although making resolutions can be yesterday’s news, there are advantages to making your lists and checking them twice (sorry, I’m still in the spirit). For example, many have pledged year after year to get healthier and lose those extra pounds, only to end the year unsuccessful, and re-committing to their challenges. Resolutions may seem meaningless re-commit to year after year, but making a small list of items to change can be better than not making a list at all. Resolutions serve the purpose of continuously conditioning the mind to deal with individual issues and challenges, and making a list will help as a frame of reference when combating change head on.  My advice for those that are not in the mood to make resolutions is to take a chance to write down a small list of items that you would like to change, personally and professionally this year. Remember, baby steps are better than no steps at all.

For those looking for a professional commitment to try, it might help to make a commitment to become more aware of issues and trends that affect our industry. The economy will continue to impact our industry, and making sure as a professional that you are learning from these challenges, and trends, will best prepare you for supporting your value in your organization. The industry has shifted, and the face of the industry has changing, make sure that this year you are shifting too.

As far as this blog is concerned, in the next year, expect more entries, more reads, more content. My commitment is to continue to keep you in the mix of meetings.

In summary, when making new years resolutions, consider the following that have worked for me:

  • Keep it short
  • Make goals obtainable
  • Stay away from deadlines

Take a little time and write your list, you’ll be glad that you did.