New Year’s Resolutions can be a productive use of time IF one plans to actually carry out the goals and objectives they desire. Especially during this last week of the old year, I think it is a perfect time to reflect on your purpose and what needs to change in the coming year.
For those of you following this blog, you know that the purpose of my message has been about Building Leaders and Empowering People. Most of the time I am focusing on one particular group of employees or manager, but today I believe this message will be something everyone could benefit from.
I have three New Year’s Resolutions I would like everyone to add to their list of resolutions.
First, be grateful for all that you have, focusing less on what you think you are missing. Be grateful for the job and responsibilities you have been given. There is a purpose for what you are doing or else you would not have your job. If you are a leader then be grateful for the opportunity to set a vision and lead others toward implementation.
Second, be a lot more productive in 2012 than you were in 2011. I don’t mean busier, I really mean productive. By focusing on time management and goal accomplishment, you can get more done in less time. Being productive can mean giving your employer more than they are paying for, but it also makes job security a closer reality. If everyone in your world were a little more productive and accountable, life would be a whole heck of a lot easier to deal with.
Third, be a mentor to as many other people as you can. All of us can add value to another person’s life at work and home. We need to be open to helping others learn, and at the same time learning from others. In the past few years there has been almost a stinginess in mentoring to remain the source of all knowledge, thus increasing job security. We need to reverse this trend if we are ever to dig ourselves out of this economic hole.
I feel these resolutions will give you a more fulfilling New Year, and prepare you and your team to meet the challenges ahead.
Happy New Year!