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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tuesday, January 01, 2013



It’s the beginning of 2013. The old cliché “A New Year a New You” may be ringing true for you. Are you a person that makes New Year’s resolutions? If so, do you keep them? New Year’s resolutions are simply goals that will improve your life, losing weight, exercising, eating healthy, or stop using curse words. Most people start each year motivated to achieve these goals, but become frustrated within the first two or three months. By March or April, the New Year’s Resolutions are long forgotten.

For 2013 set a goal that you will keep: Become the kind of person everyone wants to be around. Improve your image by being nice. Focus on improving your manners. You might be saying, “My mother taught me good manners when I was young. I know which fork to use.” Yes, but are you practicing good manners even when you aren’t dressed up for a formal event or at dinner?  Good manners are really about respecting others, even when you disagree with another person. Remember, how you treat people defines who you really are. Do you walk away when your co-workers are telling racist or sexist jokes? A joke is only funny if everyone laughs.  Are you open-minded when a co-worker, perhaps someone beneath you in the organizational structure, comes to you with a new idea? Your actions are going to be what is remembered. It’s more than your choice of words. Think carefully about your body language and your tone of voice and choose your words carefully!

This year, be a person that inspires others to be their best. Reach out to someone that may be struggling professionally or personally. Give birthday cards at the office. Take someone to lunch just because they have been working hard. Or simply tell someone at the office you recognize their efforts and you appreciate them. By showing your appreciation to others and by respecting someone as an individual, you will instill trust and will establish a relationship that will be based on respect that is truly earned.

Happy New Year!

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