Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Happy New Year's from The Corporate Playbook, What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

What are some of your resolutions for the coming year?

Did you know that the top five resolutions for the general population include: losing weight, exercising more often, quitting smoking, being more fiscally responsible and finding a better job.  However, according to PR Web, while 45 percent of people make New Year's resolutions, only eight percent are actually successful in achieving their goals.  As a busy athletic professional, finding the time to keep your resolutions can become even more difficult.

Here are some tips from The Corporate Playbook to make your resolutions hold true in 2010:

Make Realistic Resolutions:

For example, if its been a while since you have seen the inside of a gym or even thought about the word "exercise", joining a gym in January may not be the best start to your new year!  Healthy lifestyles can be created through better eating habbits, work environment and ultimately better decisions.  So start with baby steps like exercising at home one or two days a week, then build up to longer, more frequent workouts and then take that next step to get back in the gym.  Hitting goals along the way will encourage you to continue rather than hit the wall and crash!

Make Continuing Education A Priority:

Continuing Education can help you get to the next level of your career. Whether its taking additional classes towards your MBA, learning through new seminars and or reading new books of interest, you should always be looking for new ways to gain knowledge.  Continue to sharpen your self and your focus on a new career or upward promotion will follow.

Take A Vacation:

You work hard with long hours. Reward yourself with a trip to a new country or destination you've always wanted to visit, take some time to see your family or get away with friends or family so you canrecharge, priortize and gain energy for the year to come.

Make Some "Me" Time:

Other than a vacation, it may be even more important to give yourself some quality time to reflect on where your career has been, where it is now, and where you want it to go in the near future and years down the road.  Take this time to evaluate your goals, set deadlines and prepare your self mentally for the upcoming year.

Practice Your Interviewing Tips:

As we have said recently in our newsletter articles, you should focus on what to do after an interview to optimize your new job opportunities. Let your prospective employers know you want this job. Reiterate your excitement about being hired. And call your references to let them know that someone will be reaching out to them.

By following some of these simple steps, we hope your 2010 can be better than 2009 and we wish you the best in the New Year to Come!  

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