I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. I don’t believe in resolving to do something that I didn’t do before. Most people don’t keep their resolutions, because they’re not a part of their routine, and changing your routine is hard. I don’t view resolutions as overly useful.
The New Year is not a magical moment in time. It’s not a change agent. It’s a date on the calendar, a date on which we are all very hopeful for what lies ahead, but still just a date. I think you try to make improvements all year, you make additions and subtractions in your life in all twelve months. So, yeah, i’m not a New Years Resolution kinda guy.
What I do believe in is trying to be a better version of yourself. Take the things you already are, and upgrade them. I want to be a more authentic version of myself, be better at what I do, and generally be a better person. So with that said, I’ve got a few things to do in 2018:
- Interact more- I’m naturally a bit of an introvert (I like being left alone usually), but I work in politics- our work is social. I’m not going to change who I am, but I’m going to be better at what I do, and interact with people more. I’m going to reach out to friends more often. I’m going to interact more with colleagues. I’m going to include more allies in my plans.
- Weigh-In less- Not every issue needs a response. Not every problem is mine. Not everything that happens needs my voice. There are other voices. Let some of them talk. This isn’t absolute, and it’s not always the policy, but it’s something to work on.
- Don’t feed the trolls- Don’t waste time on online trolls and arguments. There’s a time for good-faith debate, but some matters and people aren’t worth the time. Any moment wasted on them is a moment lost.
- Challenge bad group think- There’s nothing I hate more than “group think,” which is a really common problem among millennials. I’m going to challenge it in 2018, rather than just allowing it to annoy me.
- Explain what I’m doing more- I usually have a plan. I usually know exactly what I’m doing. I don’t always let those who need to know have enough knowledge though. That allows troublemakers to cause issues. We’re going to cut those people off in 2018.
- Make the time- I keep very busy. I pack my schedule full. I need to make more time for the people I want to give it to. Between work and the time I want to keep to myself, that’s not easy, but I need to do it.
- Step Up- I’m naturally a cautious person. I pick my spots to go for things, and try to methodically win at the game of life. I’m 35 in May though. I want to make some things count this year. Where I can lead, I want to lead. It’s time.
That’s it. Let’s hope that 2018 is as good for me as 2017 was. Let’s hope 2018 is as good for you all, as well.