New Year's Resolutions

Here’s How You Create Change

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution? Become a more effective manager. Become a better listener. Lose 20 pounds. Those are tall orders.

Have you kept those resolutions all year?

By mid-February, most of the New Year’s resolutions are usually gathering dust, and all you have is the guilt of not succeeding.

Whether your big resolution is for work or for your personal development — think small.

Small changes are doable.

Instead of becoming a better listener, commit to putting your phone in your pocket or briefcase during meetings so you won’t be tempted to scroll through your email. Or you could decide to wait for a three-second pause before speaking so you can focus on what they’re saying and won’t interrupt them.

Instead of becoming a more effective leader, select one course or skill to improve this year — managing conflict, delegating work, performance reviews. Just pick one.

Then tell someone, and ask them to check in with you to help you stay on track.

A few months ago, my friend and Heartbreak Boutique owner Pam Wheaton and I were complaining about how we never take breaks or lunches even though we know we should – so we have a walking pact.

Our goal is three half-hour walks per week. With our crazy schedules, sometimes it’s only twice. But we get out for our break, and we look forward to it because we come back to the office energized — even bundled up and walking with a friend at -17 degrees Celcius.

Ditch the New Year’s Resolutions. Make a small change. When that becomes habit, make another shift in your behaviour.

What is your small change this year?

Catherine Doucette MEd, CTDP is a Training and Performance Consultant who delivers customized business communication and leadership training and helps businesses grow through strategic planning and problem solving





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