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New Year—Now What?

Jan 29, 2018
By: Tammy T. Jelinek

Leadership Blog:  New Year-Now What 

I am not into new year’s resolutions, unless it is to continue to eat cupcakes—because I can make that one happen!

What I like about a new year is that you can take the time to regroup. You can look at your written goals (see that subliminal suggestion there—“written”) and decide how you are doing on them by asking yourself:

  • Does this goal still make an impact?
    -  If yes, can I celebrate my small successes toward reaching it? (Insert cupcake here.)
    -  If no, why? Then I decide to keep it and adjust it or get rid of it.
  • What goal(s) will make an impact?
    -  Even if it will make an impact, will I get it done with the time, energy, and team I have?
    -  If no, what do I need to change?
  • This is also the time of year when I:
    -  Clean my desk at work and at home to get rid of what is not helpful. tackle dust monsters (they are WAY past dust bunnies!), and beat off the flu germs with a good sanitizer.
    -  Clean up my computer landing page to have only folders I really need (versus everything I throw on there since the last time I cleaned because I am in too much of a hurry to file it properly).
    -  Unsubscribe to any emails, blogs, podcasts, newsfeeds, magazines, etc. that I keep saying, “I’ll get to that someday.” (Let’s face it, if it I need to get to it, it’s not interesting enough for me anymore.)

What do you do to prepare for your new year? Please share.


Tammy Jelinek has over 20 years of experience in working in and with fabulous organizations. This blog will explore what it’s like for her to lead as a woman, as a GenXer, and as a person who truly wants to lead with legacy—meaning she wants to walk her talk. Tammy has presented training nationally across the United States, built businesses, coached amazing people, and built a career in the squiggliest path known to man…or in this case, woman. She has a passion for being curious, helping people, and making actions happen. 

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