Every new year we are faced with an opportunity for a fresh start. Whether you had a wildly successful year or you barely escaped 2016 unscathed. For many, 2016 has been a particularly trying year with a divisive election, scary clown sightings, and the inconvenient whipped cream shortage. However, the prospect of beginning again with a clean slate appeals to us all.
This is the time of year for list making. Whether we take pen to paper, use Evernote, or just create a mental list, we think about those behaviors or circumstances that we would like to change. These lists extend from the personal to professional. Regardless of what we write on our lists, we need to remember that change is a verb. It requires us to take action in order to produce the desired result.
It is easy to get swept up in all the potential a new year has to offer. We are the most ambitious this time of year, but then January 3rd rolls around and we settle back into our routines. Change is hard. It is why so many companies, organizations, and institutions struggle with it. We know that change is necessary, but sometimes we create our lists with nouns instead of with verbs. Our professional lists might contain words like innovate or integrity, but these nouns are unable to hold us accountable or measure our success.
As we sit down once again to set goals for 2017, we need to remember that change itself is not a perfect process. It requires trials and errors. It requires a list of verbs that can be used to inspire us past the first week of January. Learn from mistakes, repeat your success, and continue to grow into the person you always dreamed you would become.
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help.
Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind.
Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
~ William Arthur Ward
EduCred Services wishes you, your family, and friends a Happy New Year filled with verbs!