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How to Make Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions Last in 2012

Well, it’s here.  The year 2012.  The start of a new calendar year. The start of a new academic term in grad school and the Fisher MLHR program. And I know that with every new year comes (and I almost hate to say it) an attempt by many well-intentioned folks to make some kind of New Year’s Resolution.  Even as I write this blog, a lot of people are already 17 days DEEP into trying to achieve a myriad of personal resolutions such as:  losing weight, getting more organized, saving more money, paying off debt, hitting up the gym to get a P90X beach body, finding that special someone to share life experiences with, eating healthier, taking an exciting  and memorable vacation/trip, committing to stop smoking/drinking less, etc. Coupled with starting a new academic term in grad school, new courses, new teammates, etc., it’s a challenge to say the least.

Every year most of us (including myself) try to make unique resolutions.  We may plan it well and try to stay determined to our plan to fulfill those resolutions.  But somehow “something” happens and when we look back mid- year we have found ourselves ”off” the New Year’s Resolution wagon and back on the “well, there’s always next year for me to do it” wagon.

So, for all of us out there who either secretly or openly made resolutions this year, I want to share a few practical ways in which we all can make and achieve the promises we made to ourselves so we can finally produce the long-lasting results we “resolved” during the dropping of the ball.

1.  Be realistic.  One thing I’ve learned in my life is this:  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is anything else that is worth doing or accomplishing.  If you made a promise this year to lose 38lbs, politely remind yourself that you will not be losing all 38 of those pounds in the first two weeks.  It will take time.  And a lot of hard work.  Sometimes making smaller goals that work along with the overall larger goal can make all the difference in achieving what it is you want.

2.  Don’t make too many resolutions.  Our ability to focus on more than a few things at once is limited.  So as it is with achieving your New Year’s resolutions.  I’m sure you’ve made a laundry list of things you wanted to accomplish this year.  My advice:  pick the top two or three things that are most important and meaningful to you…and go after it!  You will likely be more productive and will thank yourself for not over committing and regretting never finishing all those resolutions.

3.  Write them down…somewhere.  If you made a promise to take a vacation to Cancun this year, you need to write it down.  More often than not, if it’s not being talking about, then it’s not being done.  Post a beautiful picture of the white sands of Mexico on your bathroom mirror so it will remind and motivate you every morning to do something about making that happen this year!  It has worked for me.  And I’m certain it will work for you, too.

4.  Have some accountability.  Involve a friend.  Maybe get someone involved with the same thing you are trying to accomplish.  There is power in numbers and two is always better than one.  Plus, it is a greater motivator to have someone keep you committed to what it is you want to do this year.

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5.  Expect a slip-up…or two.  It’s gonna happen.  Imagine, it’s week 3 and you’ve been working your tail off to lose that last 21 lbs.  You’ve been eating healthy, sticking to your workout routine and, then…duh duh duuuh…you eat that piece of cheesecake that’s been taunting you.  Just know this:  it happens to everyone.  Eating a piece of cheesecake isn’t going to derail your weight loss efforts.  However, eating an entire pan of cheesecake might.  Go into this New Year’s resolution thing with realistic (rather than unrealistic) expectations, knowing you might slip-up and that you might not give it your all every day.  What matters is that you keep pushing forward and achieve what it is you set out to do.

Good luck!


Life Outside of MLHR

First and foremost, I have to put a disclaimer out there before continuing: Please don’t judge by the title of this post that I by any means dislike my program or the people in it, in fact just the opposite. I LOVE my program and everyone in it! However, there comes a time when you need a little space to breath outside of the program. As some of the second years told me as soon as classes started in the fall, it is very easy to get consumed with HR and the program itself. In fact, one person told me, “you really need to make an effort to have a little bit of a life outside the program because this can easily become your entire life.” Not that it’s a bad thing, but you really do need a little bit of balance of a life outside of MLHR.

Based upon this advice, I made a special effort to keep in touch with my friends from undergrad who moved away from Columbus and those who are in Columbus, but just work full-time now. Over Christmas Break, I was so fortunate to get in back in touch with one of my best friends from high school. We hadn’t talked in a while, so it was so great to catch up and come to find out that she is now a 1L at OSU!! And I thought going to school and working 32 hours per week was rough! My friend’s schedule is CRAZY, but it’s fun to hear about her graduate level experience and to meet some of her friends from law school. And, it’s a great opportunity to network with people who aren’t part of the same program. The law students offer a completely new perspective on graduate level studies and they can relate to HR in some ways, since there are plenty of laws and court cases that concern HR.

Now that my boyfriend is back from his internship in Atlanta last quarter, it has also been a blessing that I can spend time with him now. Unfortunately for him, he now has to listen to HR jargon pretty much 24-7 seeing as how the program is always fresh on my mind. But it is nice to get out of the MLHR bubble a few times a week and hear about his projects in engineering.

Finally, one of my New Year’s Resolutions (even though I try not to make them, since they usually don’t make it into action) is to go to more events outside of the MLHR program, but with other MLHR students. For example, last quarter I was a slacker and didn’t go to any of the Event of the Week activities, which is meant for all of the Fisher graduate programs. This quarter I want to make it to some of those events to meet other Fisher graduate students. It is good to meet new people, especially other Fisher Graduate students, since, as HR professionals we will be working with businesspeople who do not have a degree in HR.

It’s so important to have at least a little balance between life outside of MLHR and life within the program just to keep yourself sane. It doesn’t mean that you don’t love your program and your friends in your program, it just means a more balanced life, filled with a variety of friends who each offer different, unique perspective.

Below is a picture with some of my friends outside of the MLHR program at a football game a few years ago……

Liz, Katie, Rebecca



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