… the HR Minion. Because even minions have opinions. And giggles.

What are your 2009 Resolu… err… goals?

For someone who really likes goals and planning, you’d think I would like making new year’s resolutions, right? Actually no, I don’t like resolutions. Resolutions are crutches, things you say to make you feel like you are going to take positive steps in the coming year when everyone, including yourself, know they are empty words. Resolutions are about things you should be doing right now, yesterday, or even years ago, but still haven’t managed to get around to. Resolutions rarely last beyond the first month.

That’s why I like goals. Good goals have structure, are attainable, and have clearly defined steps that lead to accomplishment. Resolutions are open ended promises to get in shape, stop smoking, etc. with no follow through. Goals require thought and planning, not just societal pressure to conform to what’s “normal”. Goals can be set up at any time and don’t require you to wait until the new year to make them.

So, before 2009 is upon us, take some time to think about your future. What do you want to accomplish, where do you want to be, and who do you want to be. Then write down specific goals, time limits, and the steps you need to take to get there. Write down how you will define success. That way when February rolls around you won’t be lamenting to your friends how you’ve fallen off the resolution wagon, you’ll be too busy obtaining something real.

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