Your Resolution Resolution. Start Early, End Strong.


It is the most wonderful time of the year, but that shouldn’t just extend to holidays and all that they bring. For me (and for you) this time of year is ripe with professional and personal opportunities, where we all press the re-set button with a new sense of excitement and energy as the new year approaches.

I’ve always been a huge resolution person, and I mean huge. For the last 13 years, I’ve made and kept most of my resolutions, and they weren’t your garden variety resolutions either. They were categorized and measurable, and covered a lot of territory (health, relationships, professional development, retirement savings, personal development and there’s always one involving my golf game). Some were part of a multi-year plan, and yes of course there is always the ‘drink more water’ and ‘save more money for retirement’ resolutions.

I love this time of the year because THIS is when I do two things.
First I have 7 days or so to look back on my present year resolutions and see if there’s anything I can do to check off those last bits and pieces to get that resolution in the accomplished category. Then I get a running start into my NEW resolutions. Why wait? Once you’ve committed to the resolution, just do it! Or lay the groundwork, so you are ready to go on January 1st – (buy the gym membership, get the journal, make those doctor appointments.)
With resolutions, aka goals, they should cover several aspects of your life and cover both professional and personal areas such as health, money management, pursuing a hobby, building or improving your website, lowering your BMI, taking a professional development course, etc.

Here are three ways to stay inspired and on track:
Your resolutions should range in the degree of difficulty. Don’t set yourself up for failure right from the start, so make sure a few resolutions are quick and relatively easy. (Pick up a phone and call someone you have lost contact with that you miss dearly; make sure you are up-to-date on all of your regular doctor check-ups, if you’re not, make the appointments ASAP; or set up a monthly debit for a charity close to your heart). These items you can do and check off the list tomorrow!

Your resolutions need to be measurable so when you revisit them long after the glitter of New Year’s Eve fades away, you can take pride in your accomplishments or motivate yourself to step it up.

Don’t go it alone! If you let friends and family know about your resolutions, you are more likely to keep them. You know what they say – ‘no witnesses, no crime.” (I’m doing this for the first time this year.)

This year my resolutions are hefty and are more personal in nature. The reason for this is simple, with 13 years of historical data I see the pattern – professional resolutions get done and personal resolutions, well let’s just say, not so much.

So this year I’ve enlisted some friends and colleagues to start a resolution support group (it’s really nothing more than an excuse to get together), we’re sharing our resolution lists and meeting up for drinks quarterly (March, June and September) to see how we are doing. We keep it very top-line and only hope to encourage each other. Have you thought about your resolutions yet? I hope so. It’s such a great way to make your life better, to stay inspired and to appreciate your accomplishments.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Dayla Arabella

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