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New Year Intentions


Did you know that each year 1 in 3 Americans make New Year Resolutions yet 25% stop after one week, more than 50% within 6 months and close to 100% haven’t kept their resolution after 1 year? Why? There are many ID-10025354reasons, but the bottom line is that change is difficult and expectations are often too high and demanding. Instead of resolutions, what is often more successful is to set intentions. Part of this process is a heartfelt awareness of what truly matters to the person and what they are willing to change to maintain or achieve these. It’s not so much a lack of willpower as it is a strong determination. If you are determined, here are a few suggestions that help lead to success – a linear list isn’t quite accurate, but here it is anyhow. Read the ‘list’ and then let it flow. This is a very intuitive, iterative and emerging process.

  • Set your intentions for what you’d like to change.
  • Be mindful of what matters, your current situation, and what you want to do.
  • Develop a realistic plan of action items – just a few – that you are willing to begin.
  • List why you are determined and what the change means to you.
  • Be flexible. Acknowledge that intentions aren’t about perfection. Failure and recovery are necessary components of change. Welcome both as part of the learning and change process.
  • Read your intention(s), reasons and plan regularly, but at least weekly. Revise the plan (and intentions!) as needed.
  • Enjoy the journey. The process is as, if not MORE, important than the actual outcome.
  • Don’t wait an entire year before trying again!
  • Consider well-being and not just physical health changes. It’s all interconnected! So… would you like to –
    • Be a better listener?
    • Not be quick to judge?
    • Interact more positively with others?ID-10030692
    • Practice patience and tolerance?
    • Become a better leader?
    • Foster positive relationships?
    • Learn a new skill or hobby?
    • Practice forgiveness?
    • Reconnect with someone?
    • Create opportunities for joy, hope, optimism and delight?
    • Savor experiences?
    • Practice acts of kindness, generosity, and gratitude?

Setting Professional Intentions

Leadership Development – Consider what skills you would like to foster in yourself and/or your Team. What leadership characteristics match your values and goals? Key areas to consider:

* Empathy * Integrity * Listening * Energy Management
* Authenticity * Emotional Intelligence * Mentoring & Coaching * Respect

These are essential leadership skills that can be practiced, cultivated, and mastered – what we call ‘intentional leadership’.


Improve the Culture through Safety – Consider implementing OSHA Carolina Star or Federal VPP criteria. The Programs are designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management systems. In ID-10059969achieving Star/VPP, management, employees and labor work together to establish a strong safety program. We hear from many safety professionals that there just isn’t enough time, which we certainly understand. However, we find that setting the intention and focusing on the criteria during the day-to-day safety activities is where the value lies and leads to the greatest returns on investment. It’s not so much what is being implemented as much as it is ‘HOW’ it’s being implemented that makes the difference. Set the intention to make it a mind set – an approach – to safety, and see where it leads. Not additional work, but the way the work is done that can leads to a culture shift.

Wellness Initiatives – Consider implementing wellness initiatives that involve an additional – or all – dimensions of wellness. Want to improve employee health, energy and vitality; create positivity, retain talent; and increase productivity? Regardless of your company size or business focus, align your wellness program as a key business strategy and driver not just a benefit strategy to reduce health risk and costs. The options are transformational for both individuals and the organization.

Focus on the ‘other’ core dimensions of well-being,

  • Spiritual Well-Being
(Meaning and Purpose, Meaningful Contributions)
  • Emotional Well-Being
(Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, Resiliency)
  • Social Well-Being
(Relationships & Work Interactions)
  • Career & Financial Well-Being
(Skills and Motivation, Opportunities)
  • Work Community Well-Being
(Emotional Intelligence, Positivity, Mindfulness)

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