It’s not a new idea . . .

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Author: Sara Wierer
Company: Wisconsin Lutheran College
Title: Internship Program Manager

Every year, the general population embarks on a new calendar year with resolutions, goals, desires and good intentions.  Sure, a small percentage of people actually keep their resolutions but the reality is, the majority never successfully reach their resolution goals.  So, why join the resolution bandwagon?!

The latest trend is the non-resolution; something like “I will not stop drinking coffee.”  While this can provide humor, it’s not helpful to actually achieving anything.

I’m suggesting replacing the ever-failing resolution with a lifestyle change.  It’s not a new idea but it is a sure-fire way to make true change.  These simple ideas, from Huffington Post, to help improve your daily life are all small lifestyle and mindset changes that are quite feasible.

My favorites from the Huffington Post article:

  1. Give praise freely.
  2. Do at least one thing you love every day.
  3. Practice self-kindness.

Since WLC Building Blox is a career development blog, I should also share the changes that would help develop and/or greatly improve your professional persona:

  1. Gossip less.
  2. Look people in the eye when you speak.
  3. Only complain when you can offer a solution to the problem.
  4. Write down your dreams, hopes and ambitions.

When it comes down to it, if you want to make a lifestyle improvement, make small changes that will lead you up the path of personal (and professional!) success.  Notice I said “up” the path and not “down” the path.  Self-reflection and positive changes can only lead you in one direction . . . up.

Cheers to 2016!

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