By: Brenda Gevertz, Executive Director, JPRO Network
Did you make a New Year resolution? Are you planning to exercise more? Disengage from social media and read some books? Spend more time with family? Did you make a similar pledge last year and fall short? You’re in good company! According to Forbes Magazine, only 8% of Americans actually fulfill their resolutions. Sure, that’s the secular New Year in January, but let’s make the leap and assume it is relatively similar for the Jewish New Year…
Perhaps you’ve already slipped on the resolution. That’s fairly typical, as well. The New Year gives us the opportunity to turn the page on past behaviors and start fresh. We are welcome to share this new beginning as equals without preconceived rankings or qualifications. As a community, we are permitted and encouraged to stand with the many others who have also broken their vows.
Researchers tell us that one of the best ways to insure keeping your resolution is by telling others of your intentions. Verbalizing what we plan to do helps us stay on track. Perhaps we’re just embarrassed to fail or want to demonstrate our capability. If you’re planning to have a successful year at work, and let’s hope that’s all of us, this is a good time to tell your colleagues what you want to accomplish. Have you developed a work plan with your supervisor—what are your goals and objectives?
As we begin this New Year, let’s resolve to make it a truly good year. For whatever vows you may take, may your journey be fulfilling and successful. And if it’s reading a book or gaining new skills, we hope to be part of your success story.