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Happy New Year

Published December 31, 2012 6:25 PM by Glen McDaniel

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.


It's that time of year again. I could hardly believe it when I was leaving work today and someone made

December 31, 2015 6:45 PM

Thanks for you wise words of wisdom Glen! I changed my attidude in regard to work in 2012 which in turn changed my outlook.  My goal is to continue to build on what I have learned over the past year and continue my upward mobility trek.

Monte Martin, Microbiologist January 17, 2013 7:39 AM
Atlanta GA

I am a Medical Technologist/MLS in the Philipines and I want to wish all my colleagues over the world a Happy New Year. We are united by the work that we do to help patients each and every day. Even if we do not know each other we are like one club, one society.

Mercy Tang January 10, 2013 6:06 PM


Great to hear from you all the way in Norway. What are the major challenges facing Medical Laboratory Scientists in Norway? Would you mind sharing with us what you personally will do differently in the coming year?

Please keep reading ADVANCE and keep writing to us.

Glen McDaniel January 9, 2013 2:54 PM


I'm Norwegian Biomedical Laboratory Scientists in southern Norway and reads this greeting to all laboratory staff and reflect on how many major points this New Year greeting contains. Many may say that this has been said many times before, but here they made ​​friendly, clearly and in a reflective context.

It is very nice to have access to the Advance reservations. It means that we see similarities instead inequalities.

May 2013 be a great and eventful year!

Kirsti Holden, Arendal, Norway

Kirsti Holden, Biomedical Laboratory Scientist January 9, 2013 5:22 AM
Arendal, Norway

Mertis and Mary:

Thanks for your wishes and for weighing in with your thoughts on this subject.

I invite you to come back and share your feelings with us a sthe year progresses.

Glen McDaniel January 3, 2013 4:49 PM
Atlanta GA

Happy New Year to you and yours, Glen. I dont have too many resoltions, but I do have wishes. i wish our profession can be more united, strong and visible. I feel we will continue to lose young people unless w eoffer them a better stronger profession to get into.

Mary Ann T. January 2, 2013 2:25 PM
Decatur GA

I am preparing to hit the strip in Las Vegas (just a short ride from my home) in an about an hour or so. I just decided to log on to ADVANCE while I wait for my friends to get ready and saw your wise words again.

I have read your writing for years and want to thank you for always representing us as a profession. You always seem to hit the spot and this article is no different. In fact this article addresses something friends and I were discussing at work just last week.

All the best to you. Thanks for everything. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Mertis Bonner, CLS December 31, 2012 8:33 PM
Henderson NV

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