Monday, December 31, 2007

Don’t Just Make Resolutions – Have a Plan to Obtain Them

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions. We have been writing these down since elementary school and continue to do so today for personal use, for our careers and our family life. Now that a New Year is upon us in 9 or so hours (as I am writing this), it is time again to gear up for a new year that promises to be better than the next, right? I mean, putting down on paper (or online for you tech savvy folks), the goals and aspirations for your life for the next 365 days sounds kinda silly right?

Most New Years Resolutions sadly, do not come true. In fact, only about 15% have long term effects on our lives, so says Stephen Kraus, author of ‘Psychological Foundations of Success: A Harvard-Trained Scientist Separates the Science of Success from Self-Help Snake Oil.’ “People don’t really come up with a plan for executing their New Years resolutions. They just think, ‘I’m going to make big changes this year,” he explains.

I think Mr. Kraus is right. The goals written down on a piece of paper are no better than dreams without action. We all need to make a plan to get things done the way we want them to play out. Example:

My New Years Resolutions
Wake up early for work and get in a good work out.
Start eating healthier breakfasts.
Take a nice, long extended vacation (or 2 or 3).

OK, I’ll stop there to not bore you with silly personal resolutions. But I did want to point out a plan of attack for some things on my list.

We’ll go with the breakfast thing. First things first, I have to determine how much time I want to devote to cooking and eating in the morning. Once I have that figured out I can start to look for foods that will compliment my morning schedule, and no, Dunkin Donuts does not figure into the equation. Then it’s up to me and my wife to keep the cabinet stocked with these foods to continue on this plan to reap the long term benefits.

So, how do you apply this to a new career? It’s as simple as you want to make it. If you are looking to switch careers, land your first job, or are moving to Orlando and are looking to get involved in our community, you can create a custom plan to get your resolutions in shape for the long haul.

Recruiters are working extra hard this New Year to accommodate the extra responses from passive job seekers that are looking to make a change in their careers. One tip of advice is to be clear of your motives.

Have a reason for your job switch. This can be monetary, a better work life balance or maybe a shorter commute (even though everything around Orlando takes 30 minutes). Don’t let your emotions fool you. If you are currently jobless and the stress of finding a new job is building on your shoulders, create a plan. Be patient, even though it can be hard, and find a job or career that you can envision yourself doing day in and day out.

New Year’s Resolutions can be the start of something special or just a hapless waste of time and paper. I hope that you can use them as a tool in your arsenal to get into a great career and blossom well past the New Year.

Welcome to 2008 Orlando! It’s time to start realizing and obtaining the goals, things and personal gains that you have started to envision. New Years is a starting point, and let it be just that. Continue to learn and improve and look beyond the New Year and into your life.

Good luck and be safe Orlando!

Greg Rollett


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