New Year, New Choices

You’ve heard and read many “New Year, New You” articles but those articles aren’t true. It’s a new year but it’s the same you. If you want something different in 2018, it’s not you that needs to change, it’s the choices that you make that need to.

I’ll use myself as an example. One of my goals this year is to break the 2-hour mark in a half marathon. Eek! I’ve now declared that to the world. No backing out now! Anyway, that’s a super ambitious goal for me. I’m not a new person in 2018. On January 1, I didn’t suddenly become someone who regularly runs 8-minute miles. Nope. I’m still me. Consistent, persistent, 11-minute mile me. To meet my goal, I have to change the choices I make. That means getting up early to train when I’d rather stay snuggled in my bed. That means eating healthier and more filling foods and not always reaching for the Doritos. That means going to bed earlier to make sure I get enough sleep before waking up early for those early morning runs. All those are new choices that I have to actively make to meet my goal.

Is changing careers one of your 2018 goals? If so, you’re going to have to start making different choices to get that different career. Here are some choices that you may have to make:

  • Getting up earlier to review and edit your resume instead of sleeping in
  • Spending less time looking at your timelines on Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat and more time engaging and networking with people on LinkedIn and in real life
  • Going to fewer happy hours and instead going to more industry events
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone and reaching out to those within your outer network (like alum groups) and asking if they’d talk to you about their experiences within the field that you’re interested
  • Reading an article a day and/or a book a month about your new field
  • Taking a class to sharpen your skills

The list can go on and on but you get the point. All of the choices above are small choices that can make a big difference if you make them on a consistent basis.

Change your New Year’s motto from “New Year, New Me” to “New Year, New Choices” and you’ll be on the right track!

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