By Dee Yingst
“New Year! New You!” – What’s so wrong with the old you?
Last week was just not my week. I was really sick, my heat pump at home went out, my office looks like a tornado went through it, I was not at the top of my game and I just felt like I was letting everyone down. It sucked in ways I cannot even explain. Add to that, all around me are the New Year’s Resolutions lists. Whether it’s a personal resolution list or a career-focused list, so many of those lists focus on ‘fixing’ what’s ‘wrong’ with us. You know the ones; they start with New Year! New You! and implore you to start the newest diet, exercise every day, change the way you work, blah blah blah and essentially remind you of just how ‘broken’ you are. I didn’t need the reminder.
I fell into that trap that many HR people know all too well – we have to set the tone, we have to be at the top of our game all the time. So after thoroughly beating myself up for several days (which of course included reminiscing about every misstep I’ve ever made), I decided it was time to make my own resolution list. My list embraces my imperfection and reminds me that it’s ok to stumble now and then. Maybe my list will help you.
Here’s my Resolution Acceptance list:
Accept. Adjust. Move On. Repeat.
Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2019!