Did you know that of the 45% of Americans who usually make new year’s resolutions and the 17% who occasionally do, only 8% are successful in achieving their goals? The number one resolution in 2012 – as it is, I imagine, every year – was to lose weight. You don’t have to be a coach to know that without a game plan that addresses the “how” – e.g., three workouts a week, no second helpings or processed carbs, dessert on weekend nights only – those kinds of vague, aspirational resolutions are as unlikely to materialize as birthday cake wishes.
As you reflect on your victories and regrets in 2013 and think about what you want to accomplish in the coming year, wouldn’t you agree that taking stock, honestly, of your current situation and identifying, specifically, what you want to do more of / less of / differently is a critical starting point for figuring out how you’ll make those things happen?
To help you do that, I’ve created a little multiple choice quiz. Just take a look at the descriptions below and select the one that best captures your feelings about your current job. Then, check out some of the corresponding links for concrete, actionable ideas and suggestions to start shaking up the status quo.
a) Too much juggling, too little time
b) Stuck in the middle of the herd
c) Bored, uninspired, lacking purpose
d) Somewhere on the spectrum between stuck and oppressed
e) Feeling pretty good about it all – at least for now