What career resolutions did you make for 2012?

Welcome to the first official work day of 2012, what will this year be the best in your career? The new year is seen by many as the best time to make a career resolutions. I looked up the etymology of the word resolution. According Etymology.com it means, “The process of reducing things into simpler forms” stemming from the word resolvere “loosen.” Originally from the sense of solving mathematical problems. 

Resolutions are all about making things better in your life, will your’s be successful? According to a study commissioned by Australian drink manufacture Carpe Diem, there were approximately 435 million New Year resolutions made in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. Here are some interesting results on which countries population was most likely to keep their resolutions longer than 4 weeks.


1. Belgians: 53%

2. Dutch: 52%

3. Germans: 51%

4. Swiss: 46%

5. Austrians: 46%

6. Irish: 37% – Which really offended me…heck, I was born in Dublin. 

7. Brits: 36% – As they say, God Save the Queen.


These results beg the question, “Why are people in Belgium more likely to keep their resolutions?” (it must be the chocolate) What kind of career resolutions have you made? Maybe it was “take a parental leave,” “return all voice mails,” “become a stronger leader“, ” get your resume upgraded,” or “look for a new career,” ” upgrade your LinkedIn profile” or “start a job search.”


Did you know you are 8 times more likely to follow through on your resolutions if you have a career coach? 2012 can be the best time in your career, it’s all about your resolvere. 


I would recommend listing to this week’s podcast with Mark Di Vincenzo, N.Y. Times best selling author of Buy Ketchup In May and Fly at Noon. A guide to the best time to buy this, do that and go there. Mark does a great job of sharing tips on timing & decision making.


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Resolvere, along the road with you!  




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