Happy New Year
As 2012 draws to a close, it is common to look backwards over the past year and to set course for the year ahead. As my readers know, I am not one for making New Year's resolutions, but only because the practice is so contrived and ineffective, with many individuals setting themselves up for failure, disappointment and attendant guilt.
One study I read said a good percentage of New Year's resolutions go the way of the woolly mammoth by March of the new year. Resolutions are great, but they can be made at any time and often are more successful if made away from the bright lights of public scrutiny and expectations.
So what went well in your personal and professional lives in 2012? What did not serve your passion or aspirations? What could you change?
Just as important, what will you continue to tolerate, versus what will you change or deliberately move away from? For an undesirable situation there are basically three options: change it, move away from it or change your attitude towards it. It is important to recognize the difference and act accordingly.
Much of what happens to us happens through us; or at least with our implicit permission. Think of any thorns in your side through these (uncomfortable) lenses.
If you are job hunting, this is no time to slow down. Even if a hiring decision is not being made right now, your application will stand out and you will have overcome the inertia of inaction; and belied the conventional wisdom that you should wait until well into the new year.
Wherever you are in your life or your career; whatever you wish to relinquish, whatever you wish to achieve or move towards, I wish you well. May 2013 bring you success, joy and prosperity. Happy New Year.