January 1st is just about here and that means it is time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. There are really 4 types of people when it comes to New Year resolutions:
- The Goal-Oriented Resolutioner. This is the person who thinks long and hard about their New Year’s resolutions, picks one or two that are meaningful to them, and then knocks those out of the park!
- The Resolution Addict. This is the person that makes a lot of resolutions but generally forgets about most of them by the end of January. If they are lucky, they follow through with one of their resolutions.
- The Resolution Avoider. A New Year’s resolution is just too much of an inconvenience for this person. Or maybe they are afraid of failing so they just avoid it altogether.
- Clueless Resolutioner. And finally, the individual who wants to make a New Year resolution but isn’t sure where to even start.
We have great news for those of you who are a #4! Here is On Target Talent’s Top 10 List of New Year Resolutions. This is our gift to you! Choose a few of these that resonate the most with you and give it your all in 2016. And just to hold myself accountable, I will share with you which resolutions will be my focus in 2016.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions
- Vacation more. According to The Atlanic, 41% of Americans lose vacation each year. That is like throwing money away. In 2016, let’s stop doing that!
- Exercise more. A nine–month study of 80 executives showed that exercisers experienced a 22% increase in fitness and a 70% improvement in ability to make complex decisions compared to sedentary peers. Seems like a win-win! Source: ACEFitness.
- Spend more time with family and friends. Gallup research shows that increase social time leads to higher levels of emotional well-being. Fill up that social calendar in 2016!
- Adopt a shelter/rescue pet. Apparently, pets also improve our well-being. Do a good deed by providing a forever home and improve your health! Source: WebMD.
- Be mindful. We have talked about the concept of mindfulness previously. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
- Develop yourself. We frequently tell our coaching clients that no one will ever care about their career as much as they do. Choose a development activity for each month. Complete an online course, ask for a stretch assignment at work, or tag along on a sales call.
- Network more. Enhance your LinkedIn profile and make a new connection each week or attend a local networking event each month.
- Join a board. Volunteer for a non-profit board or join a business board. Either way, you will meet new people and likely, develop some new skills.
- Become a mentor. Maybe you are ready to share your skills and knowledge with others? If so, let people know both inside and outside your organization that you are open to mentoring relationships.
- Find a mentor. Perhaps you are in the early stages of your career or considering a career transition? Find yourself a good mentor to help you through the process.
Hopefully this list gives you a few ideas for your New Year’s resolutions! As I mentioned previously, I am going to share my 2016 resolutions so that you can all help hold me accountable throughout the year.
- Vacation more. For those who know me well, you might laugh about this one because I definitely already vacation more than a lot of people. However, I work hard and play hard. Vacations are the best way for me to play hard. Right now, I have three 2016 vacations booked and am working on a 4th as I write this blog!
- Be mindful. Slowing down and being in the moment is a challenge for me. This resolution will likely be the hardest one for me in 2016.
- Network more. I hope to make new connections both on and off-line in 2016.
Are you willing to share your resolutions with us? If you do, we will do our best to help you stay accountable in 2016 too! Good luck and Happy New Year!