With Christmas almost upon us we know that we’ll soon be able to have some well-earned R&R. The weeks before Christmas do get pretty crazy with all the end of year functions, presentations, carol services, and gift buying that we sometimes feel are expected of us. Regardless of when you get away, the end is almost in sight for taking some time away from regular routines. Some of us make the escape before Christmas, while others hit the road on or shortly after Boxing Day.
New Year traditionally is a time when we make a list of things we want to change in our lives, but have you ever noticed that making changes in your life rarely comes easily? Long held beliefs, past experience and habits of a lifetime tend to keep us trapped in a place that we so often want to escape from, yet somehow we don’t know how to break free from it. The fact that we give up on New Year’s resolutions so easily is a reminder of this struggle. For those who are successful, you often find they don’t do it alone – they surround themselves with people who will provide both the technical expertise and/or emotional support needed to not only keep pressing forward during the tough times but also to celebrate victories.
Ultimately you are the only person who can make the decision and then initiate the steps that are needed to change any aspect of your life, whether that be where you live, the job you work in, the car you drive, the level of your education, or the quality of your relationships. That being the case, as you stand on the eve of the new year, making decisions about what you want to change in your life, there are a couple of questions you need to answer.
After deciding what you want to change, you need to ask yourself how badly you want it – how serious are you to follow through? How committed are you to finding the people and resources you need that will help and support you to move to the next level? How much time and money are you willing to invest into training or coaching programmes? Starting half-hearted will inevitably lead to failure which is never helpful in the short or long term.
Once you’ve made the decision to make a change, it is important to be intentional in everything you do until you achieve that target you have set yourself. The prospect of a new and more rewarding job often arises – getting your resume organised is always the first place to start!
May Christmas 2015 be a time of blessing for you and those you love…