2015 New Years Resolutions and 2014 Review
EACE Blog contribution by Bless Vaidian, Pace University Career Services and Founder, Career Transitions Guide
It’s that time of year when people set their 2015 New Years Resolutions and review the year gone by. Resumes are often updated, profile posts are shared, and life as a whole is evaluated as we head towards January. We all need a little motivation in December to get us through this phase. I listed eight of my favorite quotes for inspiration, in the hopes that one of them helps motivate you toward career or personal fulfillment.
1. Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale.
How we view the world, and the way we think defines our actions. Hope and confidence are fuel for positivity and change. What are your thoughts motivated by? I hope you see the cup as half-full, and not half empty. Fear and negativity limit us. It keeps us stuck from setting goals and overcoming obstacles.
2. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
In January people set career and personal goals. Through out the year we make plans, and quit because we are overwhelmed or think it’s impossible. The task is only too big if you look just to the finish line, and not to the day at hand. If we focus on each step, then our desires are attainable. Life and career lessons can be learned from athletes and what they achieve over time, and never over night.
3. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. ~Mark Twain
Don’t look back at your year or your life and have it be filled with regrets of the things you did not do or the risks you did not take. Open yourself up to new people, new ideas, and new horizons.
4. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~Benjamin Franklin
Each day we write a new page in life, and social media has changed what of that we share with the world. We share too much or don’t share to inspire. Remember employers that want to learn more about you, peers that may be able to refer you, or even children that look up to you are watching. Put your name into the Google search engine, and see what brand or image you portray to the world.
5. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate and give ~ Ralph Marston
A rule of karma is that you get what you give. Those that give their time, energy, and resources to others have a bigger network to rely on when need arises. In life we shouldn’t give to receive, but there are rewards to practicing random acts of kindness. See where you can volunteer your time and skills. If someone helps you along the way, please state your gratitude as well as pay it forward.
6. Chance Favors the Prepared ~Louis Pasteur
If you like where you are in your career or personal life, that’s great. But if you don’t, then start thinking about what you need to do to get to where you want to go. What skills, degree, or knowledge base do you need to acquire to make yourself marketable in 2015? You can’t apply to jobs you are not qualified for.
7. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost
This is the cover for my Facebook and LinkedIn page and a lesson to live by. Comfort levels keep us where we have always been. People usually go with the crowd they associate with. But its only when we step out of the box and take a gamble on trying a different path, that we can actually see the “could-of been and should-of-been” in life.
8. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. ~John Lennon
Happiness is different things for different people. Are you happy with your life? People grow up to be lawyers, recruiters or stay at home moms. People serve others as skilled craftsman, in retail, or as support staff. Your parents did not put you in these roles, your choices did. All are great places to be if you are personally happy with that destination. If not, then do something about it.
9. An organized life is a happy life. ~Bless Vaidian
This is something I constantly tell my kids and a lesson to be learned for us all. If your personal life is in disarray, if your table is always a mess and you can’t find anything, if you feel over whelmed and can never find ‘time’; then do something about it! Create order out of chaos and you will be the better for it. Say ‘no’ to things in order to make time for the important things. Make a schedule and set an outline to achieve goals without procrastination. De-clutter your table, home, and life. The time and satisfaction you gain from bringing order to your daily life is priceless.
What inspires you this time of year as you put 2014 in review, and head towards January? A few New Year’s resolutions we state out loud at every holiday party or post on our social media profiles. But as professionals there are a few New Year’s resolutions we keep to our self and execute with a planned course of action. Wishing all of you much success in 2015 for the clean slate that’s handed you.
Bless Vaidian has been in the career development, college recruitment, and higher education arena since 2000. Currently she holds several positions at Pace University: adjunct professor for Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, relationship manager for School of Education, and senior counselor for students from all six Pace schools of thought. In the past she held the label of Manager of Employer Relations, where she oversaw Pace University’s large 100+ employer career fairs and on-campus recruitment program.
In 2006 Bless started Career Transitions Guide, a private career-coaching firm. She is involved in volunteer activities within her community and is a member of many professional organizations. Currently Bless is leading the Mentoring Program for SHRM-Western, CT. She has conducted hundreds of workshops on topics related to job search, social media, and branding. Bless has been a grand prizewinner for international career blogging contests.