Regardless of the facts, I am unable to resist the allure of fresh beginnings. So like many of you, I too will be making some New Year’s resolutions this year.
The feeling that the past is behind us and we have a new slate is pretty powerful and that’s what leads many of us to set big hairy goals. Unfortunately as the year goes on too often we find those resolutions difficult to keep and give up. To keep that “new slate” feeling going I give myself a lot of fresh beginnings throughout the year. Usually I do a gut check around my birthday (May) where I think about what I’ve done and haven’t done that year. Other times I use a holiday or other milestone to stop, wipe the past away and move along. I think of this as hitting the reset button.
I love these random resets throughout the year. This helps me gain perspective. Sometimes I discover that I’ve overreached, other times I discover that I’m actually doing OK.
Taking some time to reflect on my resolutions from last year, I realize that I mostly failed:
My main goal was to stick to a regular writing schedule and to write three days a week. Neither one of these happened. For a while I was writing three days a week but it was a weekly remix post where I talked about other stuff I read. And as for writing on a regular schedule…well let’s just say that’s laughable.
I’m not really all that upset about my semi-failed resolutions because I achieved a bunch of other stuff I didn’t plan to:
- I trained for and ran in a race – six miles is a big deal when you rarely run anything over a mile
- I’m working at an awesome job
- I’m part of an awesome multi-contributor HR blog called Performance I Create
- I have actually had to turn down opportunities to write guest posts
- I have a larger network virtual and IRL then I ever could have guessed
- I’ve had the opportunity to meet a ton of great HR people in person
So that’s the short list of great stuff that happened to me this year. I’m hesitant to come up with resolutions for this year but there a couple you can hold me to:
- Simplify, Simplify, Simplify- I’m cutting the useless crap out of everything in my life and that is going to include me saying “No” a lot more.
- Be myself – I struggle sometimes with my filters. We all need them but I’m need to work on using less filter in some situations and more filter in others.
Continue on the path to better physical fitness and health. Enough said.
As for everything else, I’m just going to see where the year takes me. One of the best things that happened to me, this blog, came about not as a New Year’s resolution but at one of my reset points during the year. I like that. Even if it’s midway through the year you can still start over.