I’m not the type that sits down and writes New Year’s resolutions only to forget them after the first week of January. I am constantly reflecting on what I can do better or what I can change about myself. There is some benefit to reflecting on the year as a whole and seeing how much progress you have made. What did I accomplish, what did I let pass me by, and what could I have done better?
This year I’ll try something different…so here are my resolutions. Short list, but important and reachable nonetheless.
Make sure that those who have helped me get to where I am today know how much they are appreciated.
Continually strive to learn from mistakes so that they are not repeated.
Communicate more directly. Cut out the dancing around a topic or pre-framing.
Work hard to be an asset and make those around me better.
I came across a blog by Pam Moore “The Marketing Nut”. I’m not sure if the nickname is self-proclaimed or by reputation, but if you visit her site you’ll see it’s very fitting. I really enjoyed her blog Green Eggs & Facebook: 15 Social Media Tips from Dr. Seuss. The list in the blog wasn’t meant to be New Year’s resolutions but many of them easily could be. They fit my 3rd resolution. Dr. Seuss had a way of being repetitive and pointing out the obvious, however, the obvious is sometime overlooked or forgotten.
Rather than making a ridiculously long list of resolutions, 90% of which you won’t meet because they were unreasonable or simply forgotten, focus your list to the things that really matter in your life. Some people make one list for work and one for personal, coincidentally, mine is fitting for both. Many of our clients are gearing up for the New Year rather than waiting to see how the last quarter of the year ends. We should each be doing the same.