Looking for Ideas for Your 2010 Resolutions?

by Joe Lavelle on December 23, 2009

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My new book Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail features a variety of ways in which professionals can make changes to their outlook, behavior, and actions to provide themselves with the best opportunity to accelerate in their chosen careers.  I have a proven track record of helping people get that promotion they have been desiring or that pay raise that they feel has passed them by time and again.

As we approach the end of the year, many of us will be making New Year’s resolutions.  Others decided long ago that the opening of a new desk calendar does not represent the need to set new goals.  If you are part of the first group, I would like to suggest that my book may provide you with some ideas.  The recommendations that I explain in Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail will benefit you not only in the workplace, but also in your personal life as well.

Here are a few examples:

1. Pick up a new hobby. Whether it be tennis, stamp collecting, or knitting, taking the time to develop a skill will keep your brain active and thirsty for more knowledge.

2. Smile more. It really is true that happiness is contagious.  If you show that you are a happy person, you will draw others to you.  You never know what that person you attract with a genuine smile could mean in your life.

3. Become a mentor. Maybe there is a new employee at work who could use some guidance or introductions around the office.  Perhaps you have been driving by those billboards for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and thinking for months about helping a kid in need.  Decide to establish some new relationships in which you are providing most of the support and leadership.  You will find that you get at least as much out of the process as the person you are helping.

Do you make resolutions to start the New Year?  What are some changes you hope to make to your life, be they in your professional or personal life?  Let us know and maybe we’ll get some great ideas from you!

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