The holidays are over; it’s a new month, a new year, a new decade. January provides us with a clean slate, a fresh start, there’s a newness of where we are heading or what we could be about, what we could accomplish in 2010.
The month of January takes its name from Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways. He is depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. He looks left and right. He views what is in the past and what is in the future. Both perspectives are valuable. We learn from our past. We look back and realize the past is where we gained experience, memories and wisdom. We can look to the past and view our accomplishments and failures. It becomes our personal and professional history, our life archive. We know the past doesn’t change. Perhaps our memory or recall can fade, but not the events or circumstances.
The opposite direction is about the future…looking forward. Where do you want to take your life, your career, your job search this year? You have a choice, look back or look forward.
Now is a good time to reflect and take stock of what you accomplished at work this past year. Grab a notepad and log your accomplishments, disappointments and the unfinished business of the past year. Remember those goals you set for yourself? Maybe they were performance goals. What kind of year was it? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself? What learning can you take with you into the New Year? It’s done. It’s history. Bookmark it and move on.
Now, take a new sheet of paper for the New Year. Let’s focus on the future. John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” What do you want to accomplish this week, this month, this quarter, this year? Do some brainstorming and a little dreaming. Write down your goals. You can put your list in any order and arrange it later. Just do it.
Look at you list of goals, ideas, dreams or wants. Are your goals personal or professional? Create categories for the goals. When do you want to begin the goal and accomplish the goal? Are your goals short-term or long-term goals? What is the timeline? What steps will be needed to accomplish each goal?
It takes focus, determination, motivation and accountability to accomplish a realistic goal. Let’s face it, if it was so easy to attain our goals, why would we have the need for New Year’s Resolutions? This year as we enter a new decade, resolve to focus on the future.