Happy New Year! It’s time to once again reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to 2013. According to a study from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, over 60% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions at least occasionally. As a habitual resolution maker, I was curious how many of my fellow team members also had this habit. In an informal survey of netlogx team members, I asked them to complete the sentence “My New Year’s Resolution is…” Their responses showed that our team members have some fairly lofty goals for 2013.
“My New Year’s Resolution is:”
- Finish 1 knitting project a quarter and balance!
- Lose 40 lbs and run (use term loosely!) half marathon
- To challenge myself in 2013
- To get in shape personally, financially, and in the workplace
- Lose 30 lbs
- To save, save, save in 2013! (netlogx 401k and rollover previous 401k)
- To challenge myself personally and professionally, to continue to learn new things and to take on new activities!
- To become stronger – physically, mentally, and spiritually
- Not missing a day to love, laugh, and enjoy the many blessings
- Get fit and save money for a down payment
- To enjoy my work, whatever it is; and make sure netlogx is well represented and my best effort is put forth
- Reconnect with someone each month that I rarely talk to by giving them a phone call
- Running a half marathon
- Start a family!
- To become a pirate
Unfortunately, New Year’s Resolutions are notorious for being broken. Although many people make resolutions each year, the study shows that only 8% of Americans typically succeed in achieving their goal. Even the most highly motivated person today, early in the New Year, can lose momentum as a dreary February slides into March.
However, when I look at our team members, I’m not buying the 8% statistic. Such a tremendously talented, motivated group can’t help but succeed. Together, I know we can support each other to reach our goals. May all of us be successful in our efforts to better ourselves and our communities!
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. – Edith Lovejoy Pierce