[MMM] How to Get Your Career Resolutions Right in 2017

Jan 3, 2017 | The “Commitment” Edition

 

Good Tuesday morning,

 

The parking lot is packed at my health club – welcome to 2017. The good news is that the  “New Years Resolution: I am going to get in shape” people will start to fall off the wagon. I am pretty sure in 3 weeks, the yoga classes I attend will be back to regular class size.

 

You may have made some New Career Resolutions this year, such as get promoted, start a job search, go back to school, or find the right career.

 

There are some fascinating stats on New Years Resolutions. According to a study published this year by the University of Scranton in the Journal of Clinical Psychology:

 

45% Make New Year’s Resolutions
34% Never make a resolution

 

Types of Resolutions:

 

47% Self Improvement or education related
38% Weight related
34% Money related
31% Relationship related

 

Top 10 resolutions:

 

1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family

 

The timeline on how long people keep New Years Resolution:

 

75% One week
71% Two weeks
64% One month
46% Six months

 

The success rate of New Year’s resolutions:

 

8% Reach their goal
49% Have some success
24% Fail their resolutions

 

I was wondering why some people fail some succeed. I started to process the difference between setting a vague goal and making a genuine commitment.

 

Stop resolving and goal-setting.

 

Start committing.

 

The difference is not very much, but the difference in your mind is substantive. Take 5 minutes to try this exercise by exploring these statements in your mind.

 

My resolution is…

 

I am committed to…

 

Notice the difference in your thought patterns and emotions? Success in all things in life is revolved around commitment.

 

One other piece of advice: you are seven times more likely to achieve your Career goal by having a Career & Leadership coach guide and support you.

 

Along the road with you!

 

Alan

 

P.S. Looking to take your career to a whole new level in 2017? We have a number of programs for individuals & organizations from clarifying your “Career Identity” to practical support through your “Job Search” to developing your leadership capacities. Connect with Brittany Knapp our Manager of Client Services for a confidential conversation about your need. brittany.knapp@careerjoy.com or 1-877-256-2569 ext 4.

 

P.P.S. Are you looking for clarity around your career direction, or have questions on how to manage and lead your team? RSVP to our “Ask Alan” webinar on Wednesday, January 4, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm for the answers. Click here to register >