I don't make New Year resolutions

(Although I generally don't re-use posts, you will find this post on my LinkedIn blog as well.)

I feel like a heretic making that statement as my email feed is filling up with blog posts and newsletters about how to make worthwhile resolutions, how to implement resolutions, and how to not beat ourselves up for failed resolutions! :-)

Year after year, I make no resolutions. Not to lose weight, not to make more friends, not to find time for (meditation, yoga, exercise, professional development, personal development, etc!). (And certainly not to work harder to earn more money as I prefer a balanced life lived wholeheartedly!)

That's not to say that I don't make improvements in my life; it's simply that I prefer to tackle something when it feels right, when my motivation is strong, when there's an incentive.

Right now, I have a few "improvements" on the go:

1. New accreditation - Refocusing my business on a Canadian audience, I am compiling a submission to Career Professionals of Canada to attain its Master Resume Strategist certificate. My American-based "Master Resume Writer" is to expire in 2015, so I am being proactive about maintaining my credentials.

That's part of any career: ongoing training and development is a given these days. I often to suggest to clients that they augment their own credentials according to what I note is popping up more often as a requirement, or a "nice to have" in their field.

2. Personal growth - A long-time "people pleaser" I continue to work on setting boundaries and not giving in to "reflexive niceness," defined as less than authentic because it acquiesces to the environment. (Add this personal tendency to a typical over-apologetic Canadian and, well, you get the picture!)

Personal development and growth is an ongoing process and will likely never end. Other issues that I deal with is avoiding conflict and getting defensive (less and less thankfully). A great book that is simple to apply and easy to follow is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It requires several readings as ingrained habits and patterns take a bit of work to dislodge.

3. Spiritual evolvement - I think this point completes my trilogy! Not a church-goer (I was at one time), I nonetheless believe to the depths of my being that we are part of a greater whole. At one time I referred to this as God or Yahweh, then the Universe, and now I tend to think that we - each and every person and all of creation - make up this whole. Another book, "Dying to be Me," by Anita Moorjani, to which I was introduced at just the right moment in time (i.e. I was ready to hear its message), put some language behind this feeling.

Ms. Moorjani's story is phenomenal. Clinically on her death-bed in stage four cancer, she "dies" and returns, regaining robust health in a scant couple of months, much to her doctors' incredulity! Her message upon returning is simple: live fearlessly! She brings no agenda, doctrine, or dogma from the other side, just the freedom to live one's life fully, fearlessly, perhaps one could say fearsomely!

These are ongoing "resolutions" if you will, that wax and wane as circumstances and serendipity present opportunities. Sometimes I am ready to learn, and other times lessons likely passes me by and I must wait for the next opportunity!

I hope that 2015 (an auspicious year for me as I turn a page into a new decade of my life) sees me learning lessons with greater ease, showing more wisdom, and letting go of unhealthy patterns, assumptions, and no longer useful cultural teachings - learning to live life fearlessly and fully.

And I hope that you, esteemed reader, see the fulfillment of your own dreams, desires, wishes, and goals, whether committed to paper with each new year or committed to your heart, soul, and mind when the timing is right.