Your Career and You: “Start Your Resolution Revolution…Today!”


Publication1I’ve been seeing all sorts of “What do you resolve for the New Year?” posts on Facebook and in email the past few days.

Funny how, once a year, we feel compelled to sit down and grind out a list of “Here’s what I’m going to do better or differently in the New Year” that will very likely be either forgotten or ignored in less than a month.

As the Beatles famously sang back when I was some 10 years older than most of my undergrad public relations students at Curry College, I’m all set to start a “Revolution” in response to this resolution mania.

How about this? Why not just take stock of where you are in life…in school…at home…and either take steps to improve the situation if it’s not so great or smile and contentedly pat yourself on the back if everything’s the way you want it?

Now before you start making mental snowballs and throwing them at me (mentally, I hope!), rest assured that I understand the intent behind the custom of resolution-making.

But why just once a year?

My paltry half-century-plus-plus lifetime of experiences tells me that “stuff” happens all the time…usually when you least expect it…that throws a major monkey wrench into carefully laid plans, and we find ourselves back at the ol’ drawing board revamping them.

So here’s a thought, offered here as I sit and watch the sky get ominously darker and darker as yet another freezing spell rambles into New England…quit “resolving” to do things better or stop doing things or whatever, and set achievable, measurable, time-driven goals that you can track daily, weekly, monthly…until they are reached.

It works for successful businesses. It works for those of us who provide public relations services for clients or employers.

It can work for you.

And, to close on an incredibly cheery note as written “To a Mouse” by that amazing Scots poet Robert Burns in 1785, bear in mind that…

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!”

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6 Comments

  1. Alison Wuebbels

    My name is Alison Wuebbels and I am a student at Southeast Missouri State University majoring in Public Relations.

    I love your take on the New Year’s resolution. I am 21 years old and I just figured it out this year, although I am glad that I figured it out now than later.

    Whether it is to lose weight, read more, travel somewhere, or become a better person, it is important to keep this as a mind set everyday, not just once a year. With a very high fail rate for New Year’s resolutions, I think we need to put more emphasis on revolutions than resolutions.

    I know one resolution I had thought about setting for myself this year, professionally, was to start my own blog and revamp my brand. I quickly realized that it was not something I should postpone or only set goals for this year or once a year, but for every day. Every time I see my uncle, he asks me, “What did you put on your resume today?”. It finally hit me. I need to look at what I am doing today and see if I need to do something about it or smile about where I am.

    Again, I loved your take on the New Year’s resolution and look forward to reading more of your blogs in the future (another part of my revolution).

    • Hi Alison!

      Thanks sooo much for your comments…I particularly love your uncle’s “What did you put on your resume today?”! What a great way to phrase it!

      Getting started…or getting ahead…does take more than *just* resolutions. It takes a genuine resolve…a determination to make something happen. And that is where the revolution starts.

      I really appreciate your reading and commenting on my blog…and I look forward to reading yours as well! :-)

      • tressalynne

        Love Alison’s uncle’s line, too — think I’m going to steal it! ;) Kirk, just wanted to say thank-you for replying to my MC430:Blogging students’ comments/questions last week. I really appreciate you!!

      • Always a pleasure, Tressa. Some great insights, and a ton of fun!! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Simon!

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