in Career Development, Leading the Self

Everyday Resolutions

New year brings with it a lot of excitement. It is always fun when people extend new year wishes followed by a very predictable question, “So, what are your new year resolutions?”. It makes me think.

If you are on a journey of self-improvement, you cannot afford to have once-in-a-year resolutions that fade away with time. Each day has to start with a resolve. Resolve to manage your attitude and behavior on a daily basis. Resolve to make a difference. Resolve to help people grow. Resolve to lead. Resolve to take one small step everyday in the direction of your dreams. It is a daily challenge and not a yearly one.

In her post at HBR, Whitney Johnson says, “Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream”. She suggests,

While resolutions are about "shoulds," dreaming is about hope — and who we may become. Dreaming is at the heart of disruption — it is only when we dream that we can hope to create something truly new, something that will overtake old habits, old customs, and old ways of thinking and being.

So, as you start your new year, see the possibilities of where life can take you. Then give a life to those possibilities by doing something about it every single day. That is the way to bring about a revolution through resolutions, as Nicholas Bate rightly puts it.

All the Best!

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