Too often, New Year’s resolutions focus you on the wrong thing, on only the goal. So yes, you might use all that fresh-start energy of the new year to find a new job. But if you haven’t figured out the reasons behind where you are now, and more importantly what your purpose in life is, the chances are good you’ll find yourself a lipstick-on-a-pig new job.
None of my ideas for a New Year’s Resolution are nice, concrete goals that play well with to-do lists. And that’s exactly the point. Items checked off a to-do list rarely impart lasting job or life satisfaction.
Real and lasting life changes are built on that much-maligned thing called hope, and its cousins joy and love. Hope isn’t enjoying much popularity these days, because changes made based on hope often are long-term ones, which aren’t so flashy and don’t usually produce overnight success. But it is what works, while fear either doesn’t last, or corrodes your soul.