goalsThe end of the year is the best time to reflect as we look back at our achievement and shortcomings over the year.

A New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes to themselves for the New Year. For some people it is the promise to change a bad habit, such as eating less junk food or spending too much money on shoes while others make a promise to develop a positive habit, such as joining a gym or spending more quality time with friends and family.

Just like New Year’s resolutions in your personal life form a goal for you to commit to and achieve, the same principal can be applied to your professional career. Setting yourself “workplace resolutions” is a way to focus the direction in which you see your career progressing over the next year. By calling it a “New Year’s Resolution” and committing to it early in the year you avoid wasting time by having to do a “U-turn to get back on track.

One of the most important things to remember when committing to a New Year’s resolution is to be realistic and to ensure it is achievable. This process should be a valuable tool to guide you toward success and not add unnecessary pressure and frustration.

Schedule time for yourself. It is extremely important to take the time to recharge and refresh yourself. A healthy work-life balance demands time out. The saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is very true. Success requires mental and physical stamina and if you deplete your energy sources your New Year’s resolution will fail.

A New Year’s resolution does not always have to be based on the negative, identify your strengths and use them. It is a proven fact that you are happiest when your daily duties are aligned with your strengths and personality. When you achieve this your work will become your passion.

“Rome was not built in a day” and neither will your success. Resilience is futile. On any given day there will be setbacks but the test will be in how you recover and grow from them. See these as “life’s little lessons” and understand that you are able to challenge your own negative thoughts. When bad things happen, don’t see them as the end of the world, but purely a temporary obstacle that needs to be rolled out of the way.

And don’t forget to keep moving. And yes I do mean literally. Our bodies are not designed to be stationary. We are all aware of how much our thoughts, feelings and attitude can affect our body’s functioning but somehow we forget that the state of our physical body can influence our mental state. This gives a whole new meaning to a full body workout.

Whatever your resolution and whether you manage to see it through or not, do it with a smile and have fun while trying to achieve it.