December is here, and along with celebrating the holiday season, many of us are thinking about making New Year’s resolutions. If you are contemplating quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising more, or saving more money, you are not alone. These are the most common resolutions made each year. While they are worthwhile goals, the new year is also an opportune time to commit to enhancing your professional skills, creating work-life balance, and/or advancing your career.
Making resolutions at the start of a new year is a custom that has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Babylonians and Romans were known to make sacrifices and offer promises of good behavior to curry favor with their deities. While there are no statistics on how well the ancients stuck to their promises, today, at least half of all adults who make resolutions give up before they hit the six-month mark.
What steps can you take to follow through on your resolutions? “Tie them into your personal values,” says Lynn Schaber, career-management coach and principal of Potential Within (Middletown, NJ). “When the changes you want to make are linked into what you value most, you are more likely to follow through. So, for example, if your resolution is to leave work by a certain hour and you remind yourself that you value family time, it’s easier to leave the pile of work on your desk and go...
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