The Business of New Year's Resolutions (45 days late!)

It is that time of the year again...the start of the New Year means people everywhere will be making Resolutions to become a better version of themselves in 2018. The process has become it's own cottage industry, with the internet full of articles to help you make your list and apps to help you keep them. It sounds like we can use all they help they can get, as only 8% of people achieve their New Year's Resolutions.

I wrote my New Year's resolutions a few weeks early this year. In the past, I used the flight home from the PGA Merchandise Show to develop my list of resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. It seemed like a good time, as I always have left the Merchandise Show with a sense of excitement, and that feeling helped to shape my list. It was often filled with a mix of both personal and professional resolutions, such as:

  • Spending more time with my family (I was always bad at that one)

  • Exercising more often (again, bad at that one)

  • Becoming a better boss/mentor

My Resolutions are much different this year, and I'll share them with you at the end of this post, but I want to focus on YOUR Resolutions for a bit. While I believe that a proper balance work/life balance is critical to happiness, I will focus solely on Resolutions for your Career (because that is my job!).

  1. Be valuable - Don't be limited by your title! You can be the most valuable person at your workplace.

  2. Document your value - You are more successful than you can ever imagine, so take some time every day to write down the things you did that made you valuable (made a sale, saved an upset client/customer with problem solving skills, etc). Don't expect anyone else to tell your story for you.

  3. Create SOAR Stories on your resume - Unless you are in your dream job, you should be constantly updating your resume with the stories that show your value.

My resolutions for 2018? I simplified them this year and hope they make me a better employee, husband, father, and human being.

  1. Connect with people (real people) - Connections on LinkedIn and other social media sites are fine, but I want to meet as many new people as possible in 2018 and learn from them.

  2. Write more often - This blog post is the start of this Resolution (hopefully I'll get better at it!) My hope is to create content that you enjoy and believe is helpful to your life and career.

  3. Read books about something other than golf - I admit that the only books I have read in a long time were about the golf swing. There are too many good books out there to limit myself to one topic. I am going to start with the following 3 books that have been on my bedside table for years as a decoration: