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Is it possible – Really? New Year madness



headshot2013Everyone is resolution mad at this time of the year.  I mean you never hear people with Spring resolutions despite its link with cleaning.  Do you know anyone who sets themselves resolutions for the Summer or even the Autumn.  No? So why this reaction in January when we should be hibernating from the cold, the excess eating and the ‘do I really want to go back to work again’ feelings.

There is almost a pressure on making some even if you don’t want to….and some clever commentators use it as an excuse to remind you of goal setting and SMART objectives.  As if!

If you want to choose to do something different remember to consider the impact of your choices.   If you do lose weight you’ll have to buy new clothes; you can’t take up a sport without investing in lots of equipment; you have a long way to go if you want to break your addiction with reading blogs.

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And at work if you want to get a better job you will have to dust off your CV and buy a few more smart suits.  Want to improve your staff’s skills?   You are going to have to carry out a training need analysis.  The question is, is it possible? Really possible?  And if it isn’t then relax and wait for next year.  You can always measure how well your friends and colleagues achieve their resolutions and resolve to copy them next year.

Finally remember the wise words of Mark Twain who made this observation about New Year’s resolutions. He said: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

I hope you have a healthy and wealthy 2016 and that the year brings you all that you desire.
Charlotte Mannion

 

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