January 17, 2014
How is your New Year’s Resolution going? Not great? You’re not alone. Today, January 17, is the most common date to give up on your New Year’s Resolution. It has been dubbed “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.” You may have already failed at your personal resolutions—but how about trying out some professional resolutions? This past week , I attended the New York Society of Association Executives’ (NYSAE) Executive Women in Nonprofits Shared Interest Group and we discussed our professional New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re looking for a new professional resolution, here are some that came up among the association executives in the room:
- Be more inspiring. As association staff, we can (and should) inspire our Boards and volunteers. We can do this by being more open and honest. We should remember to be passionate about our organization’s mission and not be afraid to take risks.
- Create a social media brand. Your organization’s brand might receive a lot of your attention. But what about your own social media brand? Establish yourself as a thought leader or credible resource in a particular industry.
- Work on your weaknesses. In association management, we all wear a lot of hats. Which one is your weakest point? Many association executives need to work on their understanding of their organization’s financial status. If you need to pay more attention to your financials, make it a resolution!
- Launch a new initiative. Whether it’s a new program or committee you are passionate about, you can resolve to develop something new for your organization. Make it happen in 2014.
So how can you meet your resolution? The first step is to pick and mentally commit to your resolution. Then, set goals and bite-size milestones to ensure you are feeling a sense of accomplishment along the way. Sometimes you will have to make hard decisions—know what your priorities are and 2014 will be a great year!
What are some of your professional resolutions? How will you stay on track?