How About Some Anti-Resolutions?

by Joe Lavelle on January 3, 2010

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I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs and seeing how these men and women whose work I admire were choosing to start off their new year of writing.  One post that really struck me was by @Jacob Share on Dan Schawbel’s Personal Branding Blog.  Jacob mentioned that he did not want to be yet another blogger who was sharing his annual list of resolutions.  Being a personal branding expert, he knows that this approach is no way to make your writing stand out in the first few weeks of the year.  Instead, he shares three non-resolutions–things that he hopes others will not do to your personal brand in 2010.  It’s a great article … please check it out!

Jacob’s post got me thinking about the idea of an “anti-resolution” list  regarding career advancement.  What are some things we can pledge not to do in 2010 when it comes to our careers?  I’ll get you started:

1. I will not spend my work hours secretly searching for old high school friends on  Facebook.

2. I will not try to make my boss look bad even if they deserve to.

3. I will not see the new person in the office as a threat, but as an opportunity to be a mentor and become a better employee.

4. I will not arrive late every Monday morning and go home early every Friday evening.

5. I will not measure my performance against my peers, but against myself.

6. I will not wait until July to set my objectives for the year with my boss.

7. I will not wait to be asked to step up and take a leadership role for a new project.

8. I will not call in sick when I am not sick but out of vacation days.

9. I will not sing “Take This Job and Shove It” and dedicate it to my boss and at the company’s holiday party.

10. I will not let the month of January end without reading that great new book Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail!

Sometimes what we decide NOT to do is as important as what we decide we are going to do.  So, you tell us.  What are some work-related behaviors that you will make a resolution to stop in 2010?  Maybe your idea will become one of our anti-resolutions as well!

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