Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m an early riser. Along with the immense joy of a warm cup of coffee and the first rays of sunshine, in the morning I see the full opportunity of the day. I also like Mondays and the great possibility in a fresh notebook or a blank page. So, you can imagine how I love the excitement and promise of a New Year and New Year’s Resolutions.
I try to be thoughtful about my resolutions and really focus on them. One year I resolved to focus on solving my sleep issues. (It’s not always great to wake up early.) Another year, I resolved to cook more meals at home. For 2018, I am resolving to bump up my exercise routine to increase my health and happiness.
If you’re thinking about what your New Year’s resolution might be, you might look to the ancient Babylonians for inspiration. I recently read that their most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. I am sure there is some wisdom in this and that some of us should be looking in our cabinets, garages and dressers to find borrowed items to return. If you always return things promptly, I offer you some ideas from my colleagues who have shared what they’ve resolved to do in 2018.
Peggy Einnehmer, EVP, General Manager
I am going to read “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” and then clean out something — a closet, shelf, drawer — at least once a month. The clutter is making me unhappy.
Nancy Jagou, EVP, General Manager
I am focused on being more fully present and to express sincere appreciation more frequently.
Jeremy Sack, EVP, General Manager
I’d like to continue my mindset of getting, and not having, to do things. Nothing in life is assured and this mindset keeps me grateful for both the big and little things.
Eric Asch, EVP, General Manager
My resolution is to focus and attend only to what truly matters — both in business and in life overall. By definition, that means I need to work on letting go of the things unrelated to productive and positive outcomes.
Kirsten Recknagel, General Manager, LRWMotiveQuest
My resolution is to try something new in the year ahead. I might like that new endeavor or not… if I don’t take to it, no harm, no foul. If I end up liking it, then I’ve added to my life in some way. Five years ago, my resolution was to take a Pilates class… fast forward to 2017 and I average 5-6 hours in the Pilates studio each week and my Pilates instructor is now a dear friend. I think it’s easy (for me at least) to get over-committed and focused on what I’ve got going on in my life already, which doesn’t leave time or energy for experimentation. My resolution is to make sure I make the space and time to experiment a little bit each year. Having said all that, I still need to figure out the 2018 “something new”… I’m thinking music lessons but need to ponder that next week.
Jp Prindle, CTO
My New Year’s resolution is to continue the journey of simplifying my life, and the environments around me. The modern world is an amazing, beautiful, complicated and complex place. And finding balance while dancing with uncertainty is no easy task.
Debbie Doupé, VP, New Business Unit Success
I resolve to be FEARLESS next year. To take chances to shake up my life, both personally and at work, by not letting my own personal doubts get in the way of what I can accomplish. Challenge the status quo.
Jenn Cruickshank, VP, General Manager
My resolution is to focus on issues and questions that I can impact, as opposed to everything under the sun – which can become overwhelming and stressful. Discovering the things that bring joy, and discarding the things that no longer serve, allows me to focus on helping and appreciating the people around me, and serving the causes that can have a powerful impact in the world.
Sean Folan, VP, General Manager
My personal resolution is to make sure my family knows how important they are to me. My professional resolution is to reduce the amount of unnecessary/unproductive emails, calls, and meetings in our work process, allowing all involved to spend more time, energy, and thinking on the actual work itself – resulting in even greater client impact delivered more efficiently.
Elena Morales, VP, General Manager
I don’t make resolutions based on the calendar year. I know that change is possible, and in areas where I seek personal change there is often a process involved that begins with a change of perspective or intention. Changes I have made for the better have generally taken more than a year, and have involved failure along the way – not a glowing story for New Year’s Resolutions. There are many areas of my life where I have grown and improved to the good and typically I can characterize those by defining moments in my life more so than the beginning of a New Year.
Dave Sackman, Chairman and CEO
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions as I believe that one should — and I try — to focus on what I can do better and how I can be better on a frequent basis. I think the idea of leaving it to a once per year ritual is a key reason that most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions.
Whether you will be striving to sleep better, seeking to express appreciation on the regular, tidying up or are resolving not to resolve, we wish you a Happy New Year.
If you’ve decided on resolutions for 2018, we’d love to hear about them. Please share in the comments.