1.a firm decision to do or not to do something.Synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan
Personally, I don’t make New Year Resolutions. They seem to set me up to fail. Whether diets or just chocolate, it reminds me of Lent, when we are supposed to give something up.
Instead, I choose to do something. Whether for myself or for someone else. Often, a silent resolution but one that is reasonably achievable. When preaching to the choir here, I promote personal and professional development; something that should be going on whether you are seeking a new job/career or actively employed. It keeps our minds open and operating.
In my case, I have registered for two webinars and one seminar for the month of January. Can I achieve all 3 of these? One in person but quite local, and the other two from the comfort of my office — so I should be able to. I intend to.
During the past year, there have been too many webinars I’ve missed because something came up. Those damn somethings! I’ve realized that when something is offered ‘free of charge’ we become less committed to it. But we really miss out on something we were most likely very interested in. Even when free, no one wants to dedicate their time in advance to something that won’t benefit them. Time gets away from us all, work and personal distractions, the news, social media. Who loses? We do.
Maybe inviting someone else in the office to sit-in on the webinar with could help us stick to our schedule. Furthermore, the intended message or training will more than likely last beyond that one hour time slot when you have a colleague to continue the conversation with.
In a sense, I’ve made a professional resolution. To stick to my calendar of webinars/seminars. When I don’t, I always regret it. So maybe in a way – a personal resolution of sorts – to stop having regrets.
Would love to hear from you, on your plan or resolution, how you stick to your plan – particularly when it comes to your work life. Please share your comments or insight with the rest of us. We could all use a little nudge on occasion, to help us uphold our own commitments, even when no one is watching.
Happy 2nd week of 2017.