You in 2017

You in 2017

We’ve made it – welcome to 2017!

Have an aversion to New Year’s resolutions?

Try something new with us to measure success in 2017.

We’ll be thinking of three words that relate to a specific part of our lives. These words will be our words of encouragement, challenge, or continuation of growth in 2017!

Ready? Let’s begin:

The first word (or phrase) will relate to your professional life.

In thinking about where you are and where you’d like to go, what is one word that you want to be able to use to describe your professional life throughout 2017?

Here are some words to get those juices flowing:

  • Grow
  • Hitting New Goals
  • Delegator
  • Communicator
  • Emerging Leader

As you are making decisions, taking on new projects, and working with others, use the lens of your word – pushing you to further greatness!

The next word (or phrase) will relate to your personal life.

In thinking about your personal relationships, hobbies, and interests, what is one word you’d like to use to describe that through 2017?

This could be something like:

  • Thoughtful
  • Assertive
  • 10k Finisher
  • Emerging Artist

AWESOME!

Now on to the last word (or phrase). Your last word is something new you want to try this year.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel to New York, but never have.

Or you’re not totally comfortable speaking in front of people and want to work on that.

Or maybe you think that people who have herb gardens are really cool, but you haven’t had one (and secretly, you’d like to try!).

We ALL have those things. So, think about what it is for you and choose a word that represents it!

Got your words? Now – write these down and stick them somewhere you look often. Write it in cool letters and frame it, or even just throw it on your computer desktop.

Come back next week for some next steps!

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How to Survive the Company Holiday Party

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 7.19.06 AMTHE HOLIDAY PARTY!!!!

Or.

The. Holiday. Party………………

Do the three words ‘company’ ‘holiday’ and ‘party’ in the same sentence make you break out in hives? Or do you look forward all year to being able to hang with your work friends in a pretty cool (or different) location?

Now that you’re here (and lookin’ mighty festive, I might add!) – now what? How do you survive (and thrive!) at your company holiday party? We’ve got some conversation starters, stoppers, and stallers to help!

Starters: Need a topic to talk about? People LOVE to talk about themselves. Try these questions!

Don’t know the person you’re talking to very well?

  • What are you doing for the holidays/new years?
  • We’re trying to figure out what to do for next year’s summer vacation – what’s your favorite vacation spot? Any recommendations?
  • I’m in-between books (or TV shows) – what have you been reading lately that you really like?
  • My cat has been CRAZY this time of year with all of the travel and work hours! Do you have any pets?

Worked with them on a few projects, but want to get to know them more?

  • The holidays are always when I start reflecting on the year – what is the coolest (most exciting / impactful / rewarding) thing you did this year?
  • I’m starting to marinate on what to have as my new year’s resolutions – what are thinking about putting on your resolutions list for this year?
  • What did you learn about yourself (workstyle /personal motivation / personality) this year that was most surprising?

Stoppers:

  • Politics: As the election is coming closer, the candidates (and some in particular!) are on everyone’s mind. While this can be quite the (maybe not so joyous) conversation starter we’d recommend steering clear of this one!
  • Religion: Most people believe something and most people don’t want to hear all about what everyone else believes. If you find yourself telling a story where religion is as essential part, make it approachable. There is a way to present what you believe while not sounding like it is your way or the high way.

Stallers: In the middle of a conversation that’s not going well? Try these!

  • Use the bathroom as your friend. Excuse yourself, head to the bathroom for a quick moment, and then rejoin a different group.
  • Use the dance floor as a distraction.
    • Love to dance? Use it as a way to get you and your friend out of the convo and onto boogying!
    • Don’t love to dance? Not a problem. You can always see who is across the dance floor and remember a topic you have to go to talk to them about!
  • “It was so great to meet you!” or “it was so great to see you again!” is a great line to insert in when you can feel a conversation starting to run dry.

We hope these help you survive (and thrive!) at your company’s holiday party.

Have an awesome time!

Welcome 2015

2015Last week we thought about where we’ve come from in 2014… This week let’s think about where we want to go!

The options are endless for what 2015 can become when we choose to be intentional about the year.

It’s easy to feel the pressure of creating “New Years Resolutions”. What if we take a different perspective on setting goals for the New Year?

What are three words you would like to use to describe 2015 on the very last day of the year?

Now, what would you need to accomplish, achieve, change, or become to make those three words a reality?

Put these words/thoughts/scribbles in a place where we can easily refer to.

In the next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into how to take the things you listed above and craft them into actionable and achievable goals.

But for now – bring it on, 2015!

We’re convinced you’ll be the best year yet.

Resolutions

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With a new year comes new resolutions. Are you thinking of one or two? I am.

I think of resolutions as goals. And the Wikipedia definition of a New Year’s Resolution is pretty much described as a personal goal. That’s dandy except that resolutions are notorious for being broken as quickly as they’re made. Why?

Well, my theory is that too many resolutions are made at once. And that while the personal desire to change exists when we declare a resolution, many of the other supporting pieces that are needed to achieve success are not in place.

Some things to think about that apply both to goals and resolutions:

1. What’s the desired outcome? Looking at the big picture, how will you know you’ve succeeded?

2. Why this goal/resolution? Why is this important to you right now, this coming year? If you can’t answer these questions with a convincing argument, don’t bother with the resolution.

3. Use the SMART goals acronym.

SMART is used when setting goals because good goals have the following characteristics –

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

4. Do you have the right support? Goals are achieved when supported. Same goes for resolutions. Do you have the time or will you make the time to succeed? Are the folks around you supportive? Do you have the resources to accomplish your goal/resolution? And if not, can you find the resources?

I’m off to think about my resolution for the year.

Happy New Year!