New Year’s Resolution Blues – Already?

Humans perform better in community and community can make all the difference.

The fitness centers are full to overflowing and the weight loss advertisements are on overload – it must be the New Year when everyone creates their resolutions. Already down because you know your chances of achieving your goals are slim according to statistics? Take heart and be encouraged by a few thoughts in support of resolutions:

1. Resolution – even the word itself is exciting, as it points to a new and desired reality.

2. If not a resolution, then what? Without resolutions we are accepting the status quo, not even trying and refusing to at least try to grow.

3. The joy is in the journey. How many of us have started out on a vacation with a destination, but not an absolute itinerary? Along the way we experience scenery we have never seen or drive through a town we didn’t know existed, or shop in a little store with the coolest things – the list goes on and on.

4. The seasons of nature – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Encourage us to take a similar approach to life. There is a time for new beginnings –spring, planting – summer, growth – fall, harvest – winter, rest. Resolutions have a life cycle, too. It is always important to start anew and why not at the New Year?

A final thought about “achieving” resolutions: Almost everything I have read or heard in the last few weeks about resolutions is about individual planning and effort. What’s missing, I think, is the idea of community. My best advice for achieving resolutions? Find someone who shares the same goal you have and work together to support and help each other. Whether it is preparing for a 5K race, losing weight, achieving a sales goal or finishing a project – humans perform better in community and community can make all the difference.

It’s not too late – set some 2017 resolutions today and find a friend to work on them with.

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About Jack Hollister

Since 1997, Jack has led The EA as its president, developing the overall direction of The Association and managing its day-to-day activities. He also trains and consults in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and the utilization of the DISC profile for team-building purposes. In his spare time, Jack enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and golfing.