New Year, New You? How Are Your Resolutions Holding Up? by Liz Watt

So how was January for you?

I always think there is a certain cruel irony in the fact that the month of new beginnings, fresh starts and shiny New Year resolutions happens to coincide with the gloom of January, bad weather, post-Christmas poverty and the sinking feeling that the party is well and truly over.

So if your hand is hovering over the gin bottle as dry January comes to a close, and if you now feel that you are ‘allowed’ to book a holiday as the coffers have been replenished by pay-day, it might be worth taking 5 minutes to reflect on whether your good intentions and resolutions have stood the test of January – or could do with an impending Spring re-boot.

A quick glance on the #newyearsresolution hashtag on Twitter reveals the diversity of resolutions out there, from the predictable ambitions to get fit, lose weight, stick to a wellness programme, eat better, to the more esoteric – reading your height in books anyone? Resolve to have less car accidents (yes really…)?

And of course key areas that comes under scrutiny at the New Year are career ambitions, changing jobs and personal development.

So if you had great plans to focus  on your career and personal development in 2018, but these plans have gone a little awry, don’t despair and don’t give up! Here are some suggestions of actions you can take to get your plans back on track:

  • Carve some time out for yourself to make a plan and write it down. Give yourself some real targets or tasks to further your ambitions over the course of the coming months and  diarise these. For example, these might include reviewing your CV, reconnecting with a trusted recruiter, signing yourself up for some further training
  • Get creative – if you are inspired by visual prompts, why not create a mood board for yourself – here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing
  • Look at your network – who might be able to help or advise you? Open doors? Commit to reaching out to at least 2 contacts over the coming month and arranging that overdue coffee
  • Consider investing in some career or executive coaching. Working with a qualified coach could enable you to achieve your goals more effectively than trying to do it alone.

If you would like to find out more about what Coaching entails, or how my Career Coaching Programme might help you in 2018, why not contact me to arrange a no strings attached conversation?  I’d be delighted to hear from you :


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